The Illinois State Senate committee responsible for managing the legislative body’s redistricting process released a draft remap of the state senate boundaries in response to the recently released 2010 Census data. The new map would move Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton (D-6) district further south and east, while bringing current State Senator Heather Steans’ (D-7) district further west to the river. [A Google Earth file of the new districts can be found here.]
Pres. Cullerton lives in Ravenswood Manor. Sen. Steans lives in Andersonville’s Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood. Both districts have been drawn so they are not overlapping any other sitting state senators’ homes.
For the first time, Illinois law has disconnected state senate district boundaries from state representative district boundaries, meaning the Illinois House could, propose a very different map later this summer. (Correction: Denesting did not become law. Illinois House boundaries will follow the Senate boundaries, meaning State Reps. Ann Williams and Sara Feigenholtz will split Sen. Pres. Cullerton’s district, and State Reps. Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy will split Sen. Heather Steans’ district. H/T to Rich Miller for pointing this out to us.)
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.