While the Illinois House debates the Democrats’ redistricting proposal, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters that he isn't sure the plan would create real reform. "I'm not excited about that," he said. "It's awfully complicated." The constitutional amendment
would not need Quinn's approval before it was placed on the November
ballot. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), who authored the bill, says
Quinn has never told him he opposed the plan. His decision to talk to
the media first, Raoul added, is "highly disappointing."
UPDATE (3:55 p.m.): House Democrats failed to pass their redistricting reform proposal this afternoon. Every Democrat in the chamber -- except for Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock)
-- supported the measure while every Republican voted it down.