Illinois: With the Courage to Purge

What a mess! Required by constitutional amendment to redraw Illinois' political districts, the state legislature fussed and fought, finally had the only redistricting bill that it did pass vetoed by Democratic Governor Otto Kerner. Result: this year candidates for all 177 seats in the Illinois assembly must run in a statewide, at-large election. Moreover, a Republican-Democratic agreement since regularized by law prohibits either party from nominating more than 118 candidates—amounting precisely to a two-thirds assembly majority.

Confusing? Worse than that. Chaotic. But in that chaos, former Bell & Howell Board Chairman...

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