After months of hearings, hours of testimony from Illinois citizens, and with one week to go in the spring session, Democrats finally released their proposed legislative maps. These maps were dumped late on a Friday evening in an effort to give advocacy groups, the media, the public, and Republicans little opportunity to react.
Democrats offered no information about what data was used to draw the maps. They did not provide shape files or any tools for the public to assess their proposed changes. Make no mistake, these maps were drawn solely for Democrats to maintain their political power in the state of Illinois.
This is far from the open and transparent re-map process promised to the people of Illinois.
When he ran for office, Governor Pritzker said he favored independent maps and promised to veto maps “in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies.”
In late April, apparently suffering from retrograde amnesia, Pritzker walked back this promise, instead signaling that he trusted the legislature to draw maps.
The process we have seen play out has proven that this trust was misplaced.
It’s not too late for the Governor to do the right thing. Governor Pritzker needs to keep his promise to the people of this state and veto this or any partisan map that may reach his desk.
The House and Senate Redistricting Committees will be holding public hearings on the Democrats’ proposed maps Tuesday and Wednesday this week:
- Tuesday, May 25 at 4 p.m. | Joint House and Senate Hearing
- Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. | House Hearing
- Wednesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. | Joint House and Senate Hearing
- Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. | Senate Hearing
Follow along live at ilga.gov