Redistricting plans upset some Illinois Republicans

June 27, 2011

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Gov. Pat Quinn holds a signed executive order during a press conference in January.

Illinois’ redistricting process lurched forward Friday as Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a new map of congressional districts for the 2012 elections. His action is expected to spur lawsuits from groups opposing the map, particularly Republicans.

The process was tough for the GOP - Democrats controlled the redistricting from start to finish. They customized a map that shoves freshmen Republican congressmen into Democrat-friendly territory. That could make it more difficult for them to win re-election.

WBEZ and Chicago News Cooperative statehouse reporter Kristen McQueary sat down with Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy to explain.