Springfield Democrats still aren’t saying much about how they’re soon planning to redraw Illinois’ congressional districts. But they want you to know they want you to be part of the process.
In a joint statement today, the chairs of the House and Senate redistricting committees, Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Cicero, and Sen. Omar Aqino, D-Chicago, invited the public to research the numbers and submit their own ideas by accessing the mapmaking portals: www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.
“This mapmaking tool gives everyone the opportunity to share their thoughts and help us create districts that reflect our state,” Hernandez said in the statement.
Of course, both put out a similar statement before adopting new legislative maps last month, with Republicans, civic groups and others charging afterwards that their suggestions were instantly deposited in the circular file.
My sources say the legislative leaders intend to pass new maps in the General Assembly’s veto session in mid-October. All indications are that the Dems will try to force Republicans to eat the state’s loss of one congressional seat as a result of remap (probably the one now held by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon), and potentially flip to the Democrats a downstate seat held by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.