Redistricting overhaul clears Illinois House

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has cleared the state House.

Lawmakers currently draw district maps. But the measure that passed the House on a 105-7 vote Tuesday would give the job to an independent eight-member panel appointed by two state Supreme Court justices who would represent each party. If the group gridlocks, the proposal would have justices appoint a tie-breaking ninth member.

The Senate will now consider the measure. If it passes that chamber, voters would be asked in November to approve the changes.

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