Governor Pritzker would rather support a map that was created behind locked doors, using phony data, and provides Democrats the ability to handpick their own constituents and further their political careers than side with the people of Illinois.
May 20, 2021
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker doubled down on his support of a partisan map despite his 2018 pledge to the people of Illinois that he’d veto such a map. Pritzker is now encouraging a politically drawn map, as he attempted to attack Republicans for not yet drawing their own maps. He’s also proceeding without waiting for U.S. Census Data, which is used to draw legislative maps, to even be released.
Pritzker also acknowledged he was unaware of the data Democrats are using as they go behind locked doors to create their partisan map. Despite the lack of transparency surrounding the Democrats’ maps, Pritzker continues to claim Democrats are running an “open process”, setting the stage for him to support whatever map comes out of the Democrats’ secretive, closed-door process.
From Illinois Capitol Bureau:
The Capitol Bureau asked the governor Wednesday if he still plans to reject a partisan map. Pritzker said he’ll veto any “unfair” map…
“I have not seen a map from the Republicans, I think I would have liked to have seen what they would like to see,” Pritzker added. “I have not seen what the Democrats have come up with yet. So, I hope they’ll produce a map soon too, and we’ll see where we go.”
Republicans have said they wouldn’t draw a map until after the actual 2020 Census data is released in August or September.
During the same press conference, Governor Pritzker touted the investment and hard work the state put into the 2020 Census to ensure all Illinoisans were accounted for. One would assume the Governor would want to utilize the data from the latest census to draw legislative maps, since that data would be more accurate and account for all Illinoisans.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as the governor would rather play politics and support a map that was created behind locked doors, using phony data, and provides Democrats the ability to handpick their own constituents and further their political careers.