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The 2020 proposed congressional district map (left) has redrawn Illinois 18 House districts into an updated 17. Members of the Assembly and State Senate are set to hold hearings on the proposal this week.

Illinois Dems release second proposed map

October 24, 2021

DeKALB— The 2022 Illinois midterms would see incumbent Republicans Adam Kinzinger (R-16) and Darin LaHood (R-18) square off in a possible primary battle after Illinois Democrats released their second proposed district map Saturday.

The newly drawn map would still see Democrat Lauren Underwood (D-14) represent DeKalb and Sycamore. Bill Foster (D-11) would have to campaign into parts of Fox Valley and down to Naperville. 

The new draft would split up Bloomington-Normal and the greater Peoria area into both the 16 and 17 congressional districts. Kinzinger and LaHood currently reside within the new boundaries. 

The new lines for the IL-17 would also lean more Democratic than in the first proposal, with the boundaries spanning through Bloomington-Normal, parts of the Quad Cities and Rockford. 

The projected delegation make-up under the revised map would still favor Democrats by a margin of 14-3, but the new lines do make some districts less of a toss-up than in the first draft.

State lawmakers are expected to discuss the congressional map this week, and a vote on the map could come by week’s end.

The Northern Star will update this story when new information becomes available.

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