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Legislative Leaders Talk Redistricting

Legislative Leaders Talk Redistricting

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Three of Illinois’ legislative leaders are offering different degrees of support for redistricting reform.

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he has felt the effects of re-drawn legislative maps, particularly after the 1990 census. “My house was actually 500 feet away from the district I had represented for 12 years, so we had an opportunity to move,” Cullerton said.

But Cullerton feels the last redistricting process, this time under control of Democrats, was fairer.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) does agree that his own party has
politicized the process in years past. “I want to make perfectly clear: Republicans did the same thing,” Durkin said.

Durkin, unlike Cullerton, does support the proposed constitutional amendment to create an
independent panel to draw legislative maps. He points to the state’s 15th Congressional District, which stretches from Collinsville to the southeastern edge of the state, and then north to Vermilion County, as an example of an oddly drawn district.

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