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Democrats’ Congressional Map Proposal: “A Complete Joke.” “A Slap in the Face.”

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CHICAGO – Friday, Illinois Democrats released the Congressional District map they want for the next ten years, and it's an embarrassment, Republicans are saying – especially those that will be directly affected by its bizarre appearance and its heavy emphasis on Democrats gaining more power for a Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress.

Illinois Democrats would likely control 14 of Illinois' 17 Congressional Districts as the map is currently drawn. 

“As expected, our lying Governor teamed up with state Democrats to draw a shameful, partisan gerrymander in a desperate attempt to keep Nancy Pelosi in power. This proposed map, along with this entire redistricting process, is a complete joke. It’s clear Governor Pritzker and the Democrats will stoop to any low if it means they can keep their corrupt system going," said GOP Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13)

GOP Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) is also unhappy with the map.

"When I served in the Illinois State Senate, I was proud to support a Fair Maps redistricting process because Illinoisans have made it clear that they are tired of politicians picking their voters," LaHood said in a statement. "Illinois Democrats and Governor Pritzker have shown with their proposed map that they care more about doing the bidding of Nancy Pelosi than giving Illinois voters fair representation in Washington. The proposed maps are a slap in the face to good governance everywhere. Illinois voters deserve much better than this non-transparent, corrupt process."

GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) commented,“I have proudly served six terms in the U.S. House and it has been an honor to do so. Following the release of the new congressional maps for Illinois, my team and I will spend some time looking them over and reviewing all of the options, including those outside the House."

Kinzinger's comments suggest he's looking for other opportunities "outside the House," because the map was drawn to make the 16th much more Democratic, and set him up against Democrat Congresswoman Marie Newman (IL-3). 

State Senator Darren Bailey and leading GOP gubernatorial candidate agreed with the Republican Congress members. 

"These corrupt, politically-motivated maps were drawn to benefit politicians over working families, and Illinoisans deserve better. People are tired of being lied to and they are tired of the political elites putting their elections over working families and the success of this state. We need to use real data and we need to draw fair and independent maps," Bailey said in a statement.

"Voters should pick their elected officials and not the other way around. I hope and pray Springfield will come together and do what's right for the people of Illinois and give them fair and honest maps through a fully transparent process. Until then, I will stand up, speak out, and vote no on any map that puts politics ahead of the people of this state."

Map proposal is viewable HERE. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. My take is they are getting rid of Kinzinger because he wasn’t going to win a Republican primary and he is useful throwing bombs at Trump as a “Republican” in the media, etc. What they have done is try to make sure Esther King can’t win by adding the Bloomington/Normal college kids to her district and force Mary Miller to go against Super Rinos Rodney Davis (with a district that snakes across the state from Effingham to almost Wisconsin, making it difficult for Miller to grass root it) or Mike Bost (who has the unions and has represented most of the farthest South district).
    Illinois Dems have no fear of a downstate backlash hurting their vice grip of total power in Illinois. I am sure the same Federal Courts that changed Republican maps for gerrymandering in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas during the last decade will be blind as a bat with this map. D.C. Uniparty knows the Democrat Party is in deep trouble for 2022 and needs all the help they can get while their Uniparty Rinos get protected.

  2. Illinois will once again become a national laughing stock. This map is so outrageous the courts cannot turn a blind eye to it. As for the proposed 3rd, Marie Newman is intensely disliked. Unfortunately the potential candidate from the other party who has name recognition, Kinzinger, is just as intensely disliked by a large segment of what remains of a Republican Party. It would be an entertaining match-up as they would rip each other to shreds.

  3. What happens when Whites become a minority? Why is there no Asian set aside districts for Chinatown and North Chicago Suburbs? How about a Polish, Arab or Greek District we only seem to be represented by Irish Democrats? These Representatives are supposed to represent people of all races in their districts not just their own kind but Republicans remain silent on the issue while becoming more irrelevant.