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Editorial: The Illinois legislative remap, aka Democrats’ incumbent protection plan

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24.08.2021

It’s never surprising when politicians say one thing and do another. It’s also never surprising when politicians put their own interests above the interests of everyday people.

That’s the case with Democrats, and the pledges they made on the campaign trail that they would carry out legislative remapping that was nonpartisan, transparent and fair. Gov. J.B. Pritzker made the same commitment during the 2018 campaign, vowing to veto any redistricting process that was partisan.

Then, earlier this year, they reneged on the voters of Illinois. Democrats huddled in a secret room in the Capitol complex, relied on incomplete numbers from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey program, and rushed to Pritzker’s desk a legislative remap aimed solely at solidifying Democrats’ stranglehold on the General Assembly.

The new map is anything but fair and nonpartisan. In some cases, boundaries were recast to toss GOP incumbents into the same district, forcing them to run against each other in the primary. One candidate would be eliminated — the other would go into the general election with depleted campaign funds and resources.

Pritzker signed the remap into law, exposing his campaign pledge for what it was — empty rhetoric.

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© Chicago Tribune


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