Déjà Vu as Pritzker & Democrats Begin Second Attempt at Redistricting

Déjà Vu as Pritzker & Democrats Begin Second Attempt at Redistricting

The second attempt to redraw the legislative maps is turning out to be exactly like the first: sham public hearings, zero transparency, and maps being drawn behind closed doors.

August 30, 2021

Governor Pritzker and Springfield Democrats have been forced to redraw their partisan gerrymandered maps passed in June due to population discrepancies that are clearly unconstitutional. The second attempt to redraw the legislative maps is turning out to be exactly like the first: sham public hearings, zero transparency, and maps being drawn behind closed doors.

As lawmakers return to Springfield to vote on the “new” maps that have yet to be released to the public, Democrats are once again looking to protect and expand Democratic control in the Illinois House and Senate at the expense of Illinois families.

From WBEZ:

Illinois legislators are poised to return to the state capitol for a special session Tuesday to potentially approve new legislative boundaries for themselves, even as they face repeated criticism for a closed-door process and a lawsuit that has potential to upend the mapmaking system.

The rare one-day session comes amid fiercely partisan accusations from Republicans that Democrats are attempting to gerrymander state legislative districts in an effort to retain their supermajority status in both the House and Senate. Several community groups have also voiced concerns that the districts do not adequately represent minority populations, and that their criticisms have not been taken into account…

The federal government released more complete census data earlier this month, prompting Democrats to restart legislative hearings and call Tuesday’s session. But community advocates are continuing their criticisms of Democrats for seeking input from the public, but not actually releasing maps for the public to consider.

“We are once again witnessing a process that’s unlikely to see much in terms of true community engagement,” Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, skeptically told lawmakers at a public hearing last week.

From Center Square:

…Democratic supermajority at the state house is preparing to revise maps that community groups say need more time to review.

Maps determining legislative boundaries for the next ten years have been enacted, but they’re being challenged in federal court. With the final Census data out, the Democratic majority has called a special session.

Before the maps were approved, groups were demanding two weeks to review the drafts and provide input. They didn’t get that. It now appears likely that they’re not going to get that now, as the state is moving to pass revised maps for the Aug. 31 special session.

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