Undoubtedly, the legislative redistricting map is as partisan as anything we've ever seen. It is an irrational jumble of districts of curious sizes and shapes--until it is explained that the map is designed to favor Democrats. Just more "politics as usual," we told.
That apparently is the thought of Kent Redfield, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Commenting on a lawsuit just filed by Republicans challenging the redistricting as illegal and unconstitutional, Redfield told Illinois Statehouse News that the suit raises serious issues. But, he implies, Republicans are doing it because they want a more favorable map.
Perhaps so. But, you can't just call the issues raised by the lawsuit "serious," and then rush off to focus on the obvious political motivations. On its face, the map violates constitutional requires that districts by compact and contiguous. And it also violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 by effectively reducing minority representation.
Details are in Illinois Statehouse News.