News

Legislative Leaders Talk Redistricting

Legislative Leaders Talk Redistricting

Photo: Associated Press

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Police, Secretary of State Disable IED in Downtown Springfield

police_tape

Springfield Police say an IED found in downtown Springfield Monday night was "rendered safe."

in Local

Beer Tickets Land State Fair Manager in Hot Water

state fair logo

Bliefnick hasn't responded for comment

in Local

On-Line Learning Could Get a Boost

state_capitol_4

Maintaining common standards in online college coursework is the goal of a new state law

in Local

Illinois Coal a Hot Commodity Worldwide

coal

Illinois coal exports have risen sharply in recent years, even as its high sulfur content limits its demand in the U.S.

in Local

Downtown Taylorville Building Partially Collapses

tothemoontattoo

A downtown Taylorville business is closed after part of its building collapsed over the weekend.