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Whereas, an apportionment of representation in our State Legislature, can be made as well before as after the taking of the next census, by settling upon a ratio of representation; and, whereas, a special session of the Legislature is therefore unnecessary, and would be productive of much expense to the State, Therefore,
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, That a joint select committee to consist of twelve members on the part of the House, and six on the part of the Senate, be appointed to fix upon a ratio, and make an apportionment of representation in our State Legislature, after the taking of the next census, among the different counties in this State; and that they report by bill or otherwise.
1Jesse B. Thomas Jr. introduced this preamble and resolution in the House of Representatives on January 21, 1835. The House voted 35 to 16 to table the preamble and resolution until July 4, Abraham Lincoln voting in the affirmative.
Journal of the House of Representatives of the Ninth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, at their First Session, Begun and Held in the Town of Vandalia, December 1, 1834 (Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835), 342.

Printed Document, 1 page(s), Journal of the House of Representatives of the Ninth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, At their First Session, Begun and Held in the Town of Vandalia, December 1, 1834 (Vandalia, IL: J.Y. Sawyer, 1835), 342