Barickman: With your help we can put power back in the hands of the people

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is asking people to help show support for a fair maps effort that would give the voters the power to decide the issue during the next election.

“People should be picking their representatives instead of politicians picking their voters,” said Sen. Barickman. “We have the opportunity to make that happen, by letting the voters decide during the next election.”

The current system for redistricting allows the politicians who are in power right now to control the legislative maps and their boundaries for the next ten years. This system has led to confusing districts that make little sense, drawn more for political gain, which is often referred to as “gerrymandering.”

Senator Barickman has signed on as a co-sponsor of SJRCA 4, which would allow voters in the next statewide election to decide whether to adopt a new, fairer, non-partisan system of redistricting. But the legislation still has to pass the General Assembly before the question can be placed on the ballot. He’s urging people to show their support for the idea by signing a petition online at

“We need your help to show that the people of Illinois deserve to have the power to make the call on this issue,” said Barickman.

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