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Redistricting without input (Editorial)

April 16, 2011
Belleville News-Democrat

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Legislators should return with redistricting map

April 15, 2011
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette

Let's have a well-rounded discussion about the state legislative redistricting process.

Members of the Illinois House Redistricting Committee are scheduled to be at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College Saturday afternoon to listen to testimony about how state legislative redistricting lines should be drawn for the 2012 election.

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Outspoken Rep. King faces newly contoured district

June 15, 2011
AP Via Google News

By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For 10 years Rep. Steve King has represented a deeply conservative wedge of Iowa, a place where constituents apparently didn't object to his comparison of the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib to fraternity hazing or his suggestion that an electric fence separate the U.S. from Mexico so that illegal immigrants get the same treatment as wandering livestock.

DuPage approves ‘Fitzpatrick Finger’ map

June 14, 2011
Daily Herald

By Marco Santana
DuPage will adopt a county board district map that carves out the so-called “Fitzpatrick Finger” from Lombard after weeks of bickering and accusations about the politics of the process.

The county board voted 13-4 Tuesday to approve a map proposed by District 2 representative Brien Sheahan that extends a portion of District 4 east into Lombard.

ICPR Spotcheck for June 9, 2011

In this Issue:
*Units of Government Spent $7.4M to Lobby State Government, ICPR Finds
*Tell Gov. Quinn to reject a plan to roll back the state's open records law!
*Democrats stick together on remap; Quinn signs measure expected to guarantee Democratic majorities in both chambers
*Blago is on Trial, and the Paul Simon Fellows are There
*Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series
*Giving is Easy!

*Units of Government Spent $7.4M to Lobby State Government, ICPR Finds

Here’s why Illinois Hispanics say one seat in Congress may do for now

June 6, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times

By Abdon M. Pallasch Political Reporter 

Republicans’ court challenge to the congressional map Illinois Democrats drew to eviscerate GOP districts will center on the fact that they drew only one Hispanic district.

The earmuff-shaped 4th District connects Puerto Rican neighborhoods on the Northwest Side with Mexican-American neighborhoods on the Southwest Side via a thin line running down the middle of the Tri-State tollway through the west suburbs.

The Daily Journal editorial: Redistricting (Editorial)

June 6, 2011
Daily Journal

As the decennial redistricting process draws to a close, there are plenty of complaints.

Redistricting is the process of adjusting the political boundaries to the census results, with the general idea of assuming that everyone's vote carries real weight. That's the idea -- and ideal. The reality is more likely to carve the borders in such a way as to maximize the advantage of a particular party or group.

To paraphrase what Clara Peller said in the famous Wendy's commercial, here's the beef, or the whole herd.

’Burbs flex muscle in new congressional map

June 6, 2011
Daily Herald

By Kerry Lester | Politics    Projects Writer
Thanks to Democratic state lawmakers, a Cubs fan who lives in Addison can head more than two dozen miles east to Wrigley Field at Addison and Sheffield in Chicago, never leaving his congressional district.

That’s if Gov. Pat Quinn approves a new congressional map, passed by the legislature last week, that was drawn to reflect 2010 census figures — and help the Democratic Party gain seats in Congress, political experts say.

Quinn should veto unbalanced district maps (Editorial)

June 3, 2011
The Pantagraph

By The Pantagraph Editorial Board |

The head of the Illinois Republican Party is attempting to make Gov. Pat Quinn live up to his words — or eat them.