(WSIL) -- Illinois has new legislative maps that will be used for elections over the next decade. Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved the maps Friday despite concerns from Black and Latino voters and other groups that they weren’t able to weigh in on the boundaries and won’t be fairly represented by them.
“These legislative maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will help ensure Illinois’ diversity is reflected in the halls of government,” said Governor Pritzker.
State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) issued the following statement:
“When Democrats passed legislative maps in May, it came on the heels of one of the least transparent, most political processes in the country. Republicans demanded an independent commission be established to take politics out of map-making. Democrats in the supermajorities in the House and Senate drew a gerrymandered map that favors their party behind closed doors, while ignoring the pleas from independent good government groups to create a fairer process and less political product.” said Severin.
State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) expressed disappointment in Governor JB Pritzker’s signature.
”When he first ran for Governor, JB Pritzker promised the people of Illinois that he would veto any legislative maps that were produced by politicians. In May, Democrats passed new maps using flawed data. The result of their non-transparent effort was an unconstitutional map. On their second attempt, Democrats passed a map along party lines that draws 12 current House Republican incumbent members into the same district. The map signed by the Governor today is purely political, by the admission of the legislation’s sponsor and the bill itself. Governor Pritzker has broken his pledge to the people of Illinois for a second time on gerrymandered maps. I favor the removal of politicians from what should be a fiercely independent process.” said Windhorst
State Rep. Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) had this to say, ”For the second time, Governor JB Pritzker has broken his promise to veto any map drawn by politicians. The Democratic politicians in the supermajority once again drew severely gerrymandered maps, pitting 12 incumbent Republican House members against each other. The process that lead to the current maps was one of the least transparent, most egregious abuses of power I have witnessed in my time in Springfield.” said Jacobs.
According to Governor Pritzker, the maps signed into law Friday meet those requirements to adequately preserve minority representation and reflect the diversity of our state.
The General Assembly Redistricting Act of 2021 (SB 927) takes effect immediately.