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The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees released a revision of the proposed legislative map on Thursday, May 27. (Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees/Google My Maps)
The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees released a revision of the proposed legislative map on Thursday, May 27. (Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees/Google My Maps)
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The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees released a revision of the proposed legislative map.

Democrats say this map includes changes suggested by community groups, advocacy organizations, and individuals at public hearings held this week.

After the first proposed map was released last week, many Republicans criticized the number of incumbent Republicans who would stay located in the same district. The committees say some of these districts were reconfigured as the result.

Another revision was made after a request from the Orthodox Jewish community to keep more of the community united.

Lawmakers say the new map restores the southern part of the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago to its current legislative district. This comes after feedback from residents asking for this change.

In addition, Illinois Democrats from the House and Senate also released new boundaries for the Cook County Board of Review, which helps taxpayers calculate tax obligations for property owners in the county.

The newly proposed map can be found here.

House Redistricting Committee Chair Rep. Lisa Hernandez released this statement on the revision:

“After 50 public hearings across the state and listening to hours of testimony, the House and Senate Democrats have put together a product our state can be proud of. What should stand out about this proposed map is how similar districts look compared to our current map. This is the same map a renowned expert says is a model for the nation for minority representation. The changes we made not only reflect testimony provided over the last couple of days from members of the public, but also include revisions to address concerns raised by Republicans.”

In a statement on the map, Senate Redistricting Committee Chair Sen. Omar Aquino said:

“This proposed map is the product of countless hours of testimony from advocacy, community, and grassroots organizations, as well as individuals who care deeply about their communities. Their passion and dedication were vital to this process, which has resulted in a fair map that will not only ensure that broad racial and geographic diversity is reflected in the General Assembly, but also maintain our status as a leader in the nation for minority representation in the state legislature."
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State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, who is the lead Republican on the Senate Redistricting Committee, issued this statement in response to the map:

“Tonight’s disclosure demonstrates everything wrong with the current broken system of politicians creating their own legislative districts. During numerous hearings, Democrats in charge claimed that they wanted the public’s input, but what they’ve done this year is no better than the same crooked paths of the past.
“They drew a map behind closed doors that is not representative of the people they are supposed to be serving. Their updated map maintains the broken status quo, because it was clearly created to prioritize the protection of incumbent politicians and maintain their power over everything else. No one could watch this gerrymandering process unfold and maintain any level of respect or faith in their state legislature.
“Illinois has to change the way districts are drawn. We desperately need a system where the public actively participates in an open, transparent, and independent process. We need an independent commission to draw the districts based on Illinoisans’ diverse communities and shared interests, to make districts more competitive, which will result in a much more responsive legislature.
“The people of Illinois should be empowered to choose their representatives, instead of allowing the politicians in power to choose their voters.
“We are once again calling on the Governor to live up to his promise and veto this and any other politician-drawn map.”
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