CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign legislation Monday to protect minority communities come election time.
The measure calls for statewide hearings before legislative district boundaries can be redrawn. It also requires lawmakers to draw districts with an eye on keeping communities linked by race or language from being split up into multiple districts.READ MORE: Bridge Lifts Saturday After 8 A.M. From South Ashland To Lake Shore Drive
Quinn will sign the bill in Chinatown, where residents have long complained that their area is split up among several districts, watering down their voting power and keeping them from electing Asian-Americans.READ MORE: Tiffany Henyard To Be Sworn In As Dolton's First Woman Mayor
Currently, Chinatown is divided among four state House districts and three Senate districts.
Quinn is set to sign the legislation at 1:30 p.m. the Chinese American Service League in Chinatown Square, 2141 S. Tan Ct.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
Districts are set to be withdrawn in the spring based on 2010 Census results.