New Illinois conference map appeals to Democrats, almost eliminates two GOP regions | Politics

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  New Illinois conference map appeals to Democrats, almost eliminates two GOP regions |  Politics

By Sara Burnett
Associated Press

The map, approved in October by Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature, was intended to eliminate two Republican-held districts and make elections easier for Democratic candidates, even with the state losing one congressional seat due to population loss.

In a prepared statement, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said those maneuvers were key in preserving the Illinois delegation’s minority representation in line with federal law barring discrimination based on race, color or membership in a protected language minority group.

Democrats said the new map reflected Illinois’ diversity by adding a second predominantly Latino district and maintaining three predominantly Black districts.

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  • Colter Peterson, Post-Dispatch

  • CHICAGO — Illinois’ new congressional district map, signed into law Tuesday, formalizes political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation,” Pritzker said.

Republicans and others criticized the new boundaries as heavily gerrymandered, or drawn to benefit the political party in power. As happened in the recrafting of state legislative districts, interest groups and activists, many aligned with Democrats on most issues, criticized the secretive process and the result.