Kirk Blasts Congressional District Remap

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the new congressional district map drawn up by Illinois Democrats denies suburban voters a voice.

Kirk (R-Ill.) has a blow-up of the new maps in his downtown office.

“It divides up [Republican U.S. Rep.] Judy Biggert’s DuPage district five separate ways,” Kirk said. “The poor town of Downer’s Grove is divided three separate ways.”

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Some districts stretch from downtown far into the suburbs and beyond, Kirk said.

“The look of this map is to have the City of Chicago control the suburbs and deny the suburbs their own vote,” he said.

The state’s Democrats won the right to re-draw the districts, by winning elections. The Republicans have done the same thing.

“It shouldn’t be politics,” he said. “It should be the interest of the country, and it should be the long-term respect for the voters. The voters just elected fiscal conservatives, on average, to represent them in Washington.”

But not in Springfield, where it matters when it comes to redistricting.

  • G-Man

    sure. just dial 1-800-scam. oops no wait. that’s your number isn’t it.

  • oddegg

    Cry, Cry, Cry,

  • Kelly Speaks

    too bad… That just shows how out of touch Kirk is… Suburbanites do get a voice, and it is heard time and time again… We have voted Democrat and Kirk barely got in by the skin of his teeth… Maybe by one of those mutlple county republican districts down south…. Either way, it is fair and balanced, as the voters who vote, vote who they want, no matter their affiliation… Maybe more rationale things will get down, once we get rid of the same old politicians, who are always voted in…

  • Kelly Speaks

    Let’s also not forget that this state has been subjected to Republican gerrymandering, and Republican bs for over 26years… For them to cry foul, because the last six years were controlled by Democrats… WOW can you say blinded by the light… To think that Republicans are the ONLY ones allowed a say….

  • tom Sharp

    Just lock the leaders of both parties in a small room with a knife, who ever comes out gets to draw the lines!

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