Illinois Dems release new Congressional map proposal
Party expected to pass proposed map as early as next week
October 22, 2021
What to know
- 2020 U.S. Census results saw the state of Illinois decrease by 18,124 persons
- The decline in the population dropped the state congressional delegation from 18 members to 17 starting in the 2022 primaries.
- Democrats in Springfield drew the maps to yield a 14-3 split in favor of Democrats
- Republican Adam Kinzinger (R-16) district combined with three Democrat-leaning districts
DeKALB— After months of speculations, Illinois Democrats released a new proposed U.S. House district map that would take effect for the 2022 midterm primary elections in June.
Democrats, who hold supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature in Springfield, released the proposed maps on Oct. 15 for the public to view and comment on before going to a full chamber vote.
The maps consist of 17 oddly shaped districts, similar in population size, but different from the 2011 approved congressional map due to the results of the 2020 U.S. Census data. Illinois saw a population decrease of 18,124 persons since the 2010 census was released, according to census.gov.
The population decline cut the Illinois House delegation from its current 18 congressional seats to the proposed 17, meaning some members of Congress might have to campaign to represent a different district.
Among those who could face a general election battle is GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16), whose current district has now overlapped with Rep. Marie Newman (D-3), Bill Foster (D-11) and Lauren Underwood (D-14), meaning the outspoken Republican would have to find a new way to return to Washington in the upcoming midterm elections.
The new proposed map would yield a projected 14 Democratic and three Republican-held districts. Currently, the Illinois delegation is made up of 13 Democrats and five Republicans.
The proposed maps have not gone without criticism. Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy railed against the process, calling it partisan and disenfranchising.
“Illinois Democrats, led by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, have made it clear that they are willing to disenfranchise Illinois Voters,” Tracy said in a statement.
The general assembly is expected to pass the proposed maps as early as next week, according to the Associated Press.
The Northern Star will update this story when new information becomes available.