Proposed Congressional Remap Released – Not Much Change For Center Square

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, May 27, 2011

The Illinois Senate Democrats' proposed new Congressional district boundaries for 2012. Yellow is Cong. Mike Quigley (D-5), pink is Cong. Jan Schakowsky (D-9) and green is Cong. Luis Gutierrez (D-4). Click to enlarge. From Google Maps.

Late last night the Democratic-led Illinois Senate committee in charge of managing the state’s decennial political remapping process released the first public proposed Congressional boundaries for the 2012 elections. The new boundaries remap a number of Republican Congressmen together and make many suburban districts more competitive for Democrats, but does not significantly change boundaries in the Center Square area.

According to the proposed map, Congressman Mike Quigley’s (D-5) borders would stay the same in Lincoln Square and Northcenter and Ravenswood Manor. The most significant changes for his district is that it would now extend further south into Lincoln Park as well as into DuPage County, heading west and south to include parts of Elmhurst, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, areas that have been trending Democratic in recent elections.

The Illinois House and Senate are both controlled by Democrats and as such, are expected to vote on party lines to approve the Democrats’ proposed maps. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is also expected to sign off on that plan.

That hasn’t kept Republicans quiet however. Yesterday they unveiled maps of their own for the Illinois House and Senate and released detailed legislative maps that they believe are fairer to voters.

A new version of the Illinois state legislative districts map was also released last night by Senate Democrats that includes House districts and some new proposed boundaries, but there were few changes for the Center Square area from the proposed map released last week.

The new state legislative district boundaries still need to be voted on by both legislative chambers and signed off by Governor Pat Quinn (D). The deadline for the General Assembly to approve new district boundaries for the state legislature and Illinois congressional districts is June 30, 2011. Ballot petitions for the 2012 primaries go out in August.

The Chicago City Council is expected to begin work on a remap of Chicago ward boundaries later this summer.

You can download Google Earth files of the Democrats’ proposed Congressional map here and the updated state legislative map here.

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