This year a census will be conducted throughout the state and nation. After the census, each state will redraw the boundary lines for state and federal legislative districts in a process called redistricting. In Illinois, the legislative maps are drawn by the General Assembly with the approval of the Governor. Historically, this process has been highly political with the party in power drawing legislative maps with the primary purpose of protecting legislators from the majority party. This is also known as gerrymandering. One proposal is a “fair maps” amendment to the State Constitution, which would require the legislative district maps to be drawn by an independent commission rather than the General Assembly.