Posts tagged "redistricting"

Courts and asinine law makes Illinois congressional redistricting a pawn of politics

If you’re wondering why political reform is so enfeebled in Illinois, consider a federal appeals court decision last week that zapped a Republican effort to make the state’s congressional redistricting fair, balanced and honest. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Democrats‘ unabashed drawing of Illinois’ 18 districts in a... Read more »

Is the Democratic legislative redistricting just "politics" or is it unconstitutional?

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... Read more »

Illinois Fair Map is in Peril

Yeah, right; this is a MEGO (My eyes glaze over). But all of you people out there who bitch about rotten Illinois government, but only read about the best pick-up lines, have to pay attention, or just shut up. One of the reasons that Illinois government sucks is the way that the districts from which... Read more »

Restore democracy to Illinois

If you’ve been complaining about the dismal state of Illinois’ governance, politics, financial condition and corruption, you need to do something about it. Here’s a place you can go to help, the Illinois Fair Map Amendment.

Illinois' broken legislative re-mapping

Chicago-area legislative districts, reflecting how the Democrats succeeded in redrawing the map to reflect the 2000 census. One of the main reasons for the dismal state of Illinois affairs is the way that legislative districts are drawn every ten years to conform with the new census. Virtually by a flip of the coin, one party... Read more »
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