Governor JB Pritzker signed proposed redistricting maps into law on Friday evening, signing the three maps and saying that it reflected the unique diversity of Illinois. The maps outline new districts for the General Assembly, Illinois Supreme Court, and Cook County Board of Review.
The district boundaries account for population changes in the state, particularly the regions that saw the most population loss as recorded by the US Census American Community Survey. The General Assembly held more than 50 public hearings statewide.
Republican House of Representatives Leader, Jim Durkin says that Governor Pritzker sold out.
Representative Durkin says that the ultimate goal of this was to keep control.
Detailed summaries of each individual House and Senate district, including communities of interest, geographic descriptions, and demographic data were adopted by both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.
Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie says that Governor Pritzker said whatever he could when he was running just to get elected.
Governor Pritzker said that it all comes down to ensuring that communities have fair representation in government. "Illinois' strength is in our diversity, and these maps help to ensure that communities that have been left out and left behind have fair representation in our government, These district boundaries align with both the federal and state Voting Rights Acts, which help to ensure our diverse communities have electoral power and fair representation."
Republicans have said they will look and see what options they have before taking the next step.