It looks like the Independent Map Amendment group has garnered enough signatures for their proposed Illinois ballot question, according to state election officials.
The group is pushing a ballot initiative aimed at changing the way state legislative maps are drawn in Illinois.
A minimum of 290,216 valid signatures is required to get the issue on the November ballot, and the group is expected to have far exceeded that threshold, based on an elections board review.
An official ruling from the elections board on the signature issue could be made as early as June 13.
"The citizens of Illinois have signaled very clearly with their signatures that they want legislative redistricting reform on the November ballot," Independent Maps Chair Dennis FitzSimons said in a statement. "The statewide petition collection was a massive undertaking, and its success was made possible by the dedication of countless volunteers and field staff. The huge number of petition signatures is yet another sign of the strong statewide support for an independent, transparent, and impartial process for drawing state legislative maps.
"Now that the petition review process is complete, we can focus on fighting the lawsuit filed by entrenched political interests looking to deny citizens the chance to change the system," he added. "We will aggressively defend the constitutionality and fairness of the Independent Map Amendment, and we are determined to give voters that choice in November."
FitzSimons was referring to a lawsuit filed against the Independent Map initiative earlier this month. The suit comes from an elections attorney who has connections to House Speaker Michael Madigan and successfully blocked a similar map amendment attempt in 2014. Madigan's spokesman says the lawmaker had nothing to do with the lawsuit.