Pritzker signals flip flop on pledge to veto partisan legislative maps

Pritzker signals flip flop on pledge to veto partisan legislative maps

Now that Pritzker is in the position to follow through on his campaign pledge, he’s siding with Springfield Democrats to ensure Democratic politicians keep the power to draw legislative maps.

April 13, 2021

Governor Pritzker is hoping the people of Illinois have forgotten the pledge he made to them in 2018 to veto “any state legislative redistricting map that was drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders/or their staffs or allies”, as he signals he will flip flop and forge ahead with Democrat’s partisan political maps.

In addition to the pledge to veto a political legislative map, then-candidate J.B. Pritzker repeatedly assured voters that he would support fair and independent legislative maps by creating an independent commission to draw the maps. But now that Governor Pritzker is in the position to follow through on his campaign pledge, he’s siding with Springfield Democrats to ensure Democratic politicians keep the power to draw legislative maps.

After weeks of silence from Governor Pritzker surrounding legislative redistricting, WCIA recently reported that Pritzker has “signaled support” for the Democrat’s partisan political maps, resulting in the “single biggest flip flop of his political career”.

From WCIA:
In 2021, heading towards a potential bid for re-election, Pritzker signaled support for top Democrats in the legislature who are forging ahead to pass political maps drawn with incomplete or partial data from the American Census Survey data, instead of the full data from the U.S. Census, which is delayed due to the pandemic…

Pritzker’s office responded with a statement that made no mention of his 2018 pledge, and did not respond directly to questions about whether his position had changed.

“It’s unfortunate that Governor Pritzker is preparing to break his pledge to the people of Illinois by continuing the practice of allowing politicians to pick their constituents to further their careers and self-interests,” said Kayleen Carlson, executive director of Illinois Rising Action. “Time and time again Governor Pritzker has had the opportunity to stand by the people of Illinois – whether it be small business owners, unemployed workers, or our veterans. And yet when given those chances, he failed to rise to the challenge. It’s fair for Illinoisans to now expect simply more of the same from Governor Pritzker, who is more interested in protecting himself and his political interests.”

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