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New Illinois District Map Released

A joint House and Senate redistricting meeting will be held Tuesday.

Areas represented by state senators Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston), Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) or Terry Link (D-Waukegan) will remain mostly intact, according to a new state legislative district map released by Democrats Thursday.

A hearing for the map will be held in Chicago at 12 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Senate Districting Committee's website.  Meanwhile a joint session between the House and Senate will be held in Springfield on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to Patch for more details.

Keith Gray May 19, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Is anyone surprised that the architects of the redistricting protected democrats? We're in for another 10 years of one party control of our state government, and if the next 10 are like the last 10, the only hope is that Purto Rico becomes a state so that Illinois is no longer ranked 50th in job creation. Everyone who voted for Quinn should be very proud.
Andrea Johnson May 20, 2011 at 06:22 AM
How fitting that the borders of these districts are such "crooked" shapes. Ever wonder why that is? If we don't weake up soon the damage will be irreperable, if it isn't already. We need to protest outside the Illinois capitol even stronger that what we saw in Wisconsin against these liberal crooks.
nsmom May 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM
I suggest any critics check out our neighboring states (with Republican governors) before throwing stones. Besides trying to destroy unions (WI, OH, IN) and replace democratically elected officials with cronies (MI), their districts are just as strangely drawn. Gerrymandering is a bi-partisan issue. But were it not for Quinn, we in IL would be suffering the same anti-union, anti-school, anti-women's rights efforts as our neighbors, so I am happy to have him.
Andrea Johnson May 20, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Sadly, you don't have a clue. This has nothing to do with neighboring states. This has to do with Illinois being tens of billions in debt, and this is what our legislature is spending its time doing. Redistricting to give them an even bigger political advantage while the regular people continue to suffer the effects of this awful economy. But I guess regular people don't matter, as long as Quinn is in office. Nevermind the huge income tax hike these idiots just passed.
Rafael Rios May 21, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Excellent points nsmom. I would caution you however to not expect any rational response from the Faux news crowd that inhabits these pages. To paraphrase someone who today would be considered an unpatriotic liberal for turning the other cheek, caring for the poor and disenfranchised, etc.,"forgive them for they know not what they do." If you confront them with facts, they glaze over, i.e., corporate taxes in Illinois are lower than in WI or IN - even with the "huge" income tax these "idiots" just passed. So rock on nsmom and take comfort that those with open eyes and hearts are with you.

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