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Dislike gerrymandering? Then the proposed map from Illinois Democrats should be appalling.

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01.09.2021

Illinois Democrats on Monday released their proposed new legislative district maps. They are a textbook-perfect example of why partisan gerrymandering is a cancer eating away at our democracy.

Every gerrymander employs the same two tactics: dividing opposing party voters into digestible districts, and packing them together to create supermajority enclaves so that they waste votes on a seat they would never lose. The new Illinois maps use these techniques so masterfully that they would make any practitioner of the dark redistricting arts proud.

Consider state House maps in the Chicago area. Democratic map wizards take thin slices of heavily Democratic precincts in the city and string them out, one on top of the other, to drown marginally Republican territory in the suburbs. This slicing is so obscene that election guru Sean Trende dubbed it “the baconmander.” That’s not a tasty dish for disenfranchised GOP voters.

Democrats also eagerly packed partisans of both parties into safe seats. House seat 96, for example, takes Democratic parts of Springfield and strings them together with similar regions of Decatur to create a safe blue seat where none should exist. Republicans in........

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