CHICAGO (CBS) — A panel of federal judges has tossed a Republican lawsuit that challenged the Democrat-drawn map of new Illinois legislative districts.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, Republicans sued because they contend the state’s new map is unfair to minority groups and GOP voters.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

The panel dismissed the lawsuit by House Republican leader Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) on Wednesday, and the Republican leadership is deciding whether to appeal.

The judges decided that the Republicans were not entitled to a trial on their claims. The court had previously dismissed other counts in the lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the new map into law in June.

This was not the only Republican challenge to the state’s redistricting efforts. A GOP lawsuit against the state’s new congressional districts map is pending after a trial last month.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS Radio and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Watch & Listen LIVE