The Illinois State Senate committee responsible for managing the legislative body’s redistricting process released a draft remap of the state senate boundaries this morning in response to the 2010 Census data.
The new map would move Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton’s (D-6) district further south and east but retaining his representation of Roscoe Village and West Lakeview. [A Google Earth file of the new districts can be found here.]
Pres. Cullerton lives in Ravenswood Manor. His proposed district boundaries do not overlap any other sitting state senators’ homes.
Once the Senate district boundaries are approved, the Illinois House will draw their maps, since two House members’ districts lie within each state Senate district. This means State Reps. Ann Williams and Sara Feigenholtz will likely retain boundaries similar to their existing ones, since Sen. Pres. Cullerton’s did not change much either.
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.