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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) – Drawing political boundary lines after the 2010 Census is going to be the job of the Democrats who control Illinois government.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, both chambers have passed a redistricting bill that endeavors to be fairer to minority groups.


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Democrats say it will give voters a say in deciding political boundaries. For example, Chicago’s Chinatown would no longer be divided among four state House districts and three Senate districts.

The House sponsor for the redistricting bill, Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), was questioned by state Rep. Jill Tracy (R-Quincy) about whether the public could see the proposed maps after they’re drawn, but before a final vote.

“We had all of those things 10 years ago. I have every reason to think that we will in the remap of the next decennial as well,” Currie said.

Countered Tracy, “But other than your assurance that you think we will, this legislation doesn’t guarantee we will.”

Responded Currie, “As most legislation doesn’t guarantee any number of hearings at all. You had the opportunity to support twice the number of hearings. You rejected it.”
The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

Districts will be redrawn after Census results in the spring.