Gov. Pat Quinn says he's focused on making sure Illinois gets political redistricting maps that are "fair and square."The Chicago Democrat made his comments Friday as lawmakers awaited details on new maps for Illinois House and congressional districts.
Some consider it a complicated, once-a-decade, politically hazardous and legally explosive undertaking. And it is happening in Illinois: redistricting. State lawmakers are using census data to draw boundaries for Illinois’ state and congressional legislative districts.
Representatives from minority groups are weighing in on legislative redistricting. Recent census data show Illinois' Asian and Latino populations have grown faster than other minority groups in the last decade.Teresa Haley is with the NAACP.
Illinois state senators are hearing from Chicago area residents who want a say in redistricting, the once-a-decade, highly contentious and political process that determines boundaries for legislative districts.
Minority group advocates say Illinois took a big step Monday toward protecting their political voices with the signing of the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011.“The rules in the districts are gerrymandered so they are rigged against anyone who may have a group in a particular area,” sai