SPRINGFIELD – The Senate and House Redistricting Committees today released an updated version of the proposed legislative map that includes changes suggested by community groups, advocacy organizations and individuals during hours of testimony at four public hearings held this week.
“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,” said Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “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 the last couple of days from members of the public, but also include revisions to address concerns raised by Republicans.”
“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,” said Sen. Omar Aquino, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee.
Among the changes made in the revised version of the proposed legislative map is a request from the Orthodox Jewish community. While maintaining the integrity of surrounding districts, as well as requests from other members of the public, the revisions will keep more of the Orthodox Jewish community united. The revised legislative map also restores the southern part of the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago to its current legislative district following feedback from community members asking for that change.
Following the release of the proposed legislative map, Republicans in the legislature made public comments criticizing the number of incumbent Republicans who would be located in the same district. A number of those districts have been reconfigured to accommodate the concerns of Republicans.
In addition to these updates, House and Senate Democrats also released new boundaries for the Cook County Board of Review. The Board is a vital asset that assists taxpayers in calculating tax obligations for Cook County property owners. Currently, there are three Commissioners elected in three separate districts in Cook County. This proposed map reflects population shifts in the past decade and allows for more equal representation across the districts.
Consistent with the proposed legislative and Supreme Court maps, this proposed map was drafted using population information from the American Community Survey’s (ACS) 5-year estimate for 2019. The ACS estimate varies by just 0.3 percent from the state’s official population count released by the U.S. Census Bureau in April.
The proposed maps will soon head to committee for further debate and discussion in both the House and Senate. To view the proposed map, visit www.ilsenateredistricting.com or www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.
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