SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Latino division over legislative maps

Saturday, May 28, 2011

* Late yesterday afternoon, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund issued a press release…

After analyzing HB3760, the legislative redistricting map passed earlier today by the Illinois House, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) opposes the plan because it fractures communities of interest and weakens the voting strength of Latino neighborhoods. For example, the proposed Illinois plan unnecessarily splits Little Village, a community of interest that is maintained whole in MALDEF’s proposed redistricting plan previously offered to the Legislature.

“We cannot support a map that splits one of the most important Latino communities in Chicago,” stated Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation. “In our proposed map, MALDEF kept Little Village together, created additional Latino majority districts and ensured the preservation of Black majority districts. MALDEF’s proposed map demonstrates that the Legislature elevated incumbency protection over respect for the Latino community,” continued Perales.

MALDEF will continue fighting for Latino voters with a map that creates more Latino majority districts and that keeps Little Village whole.

* MALDEF also had some sharp words for the House Majority Leader

“We have studied the map very carefully, and we don’t consider it a good map,” said Elisa Alfonso, redistricting coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who declined to say whether her group would challenge these maps in federal court as it did an earlier set of boundaries in 1991.

MALDEF contended what lawmakers approved “fractures communities of interest and weakens the voting strength of Latino neighborhoods,” including having Little Village split into two House and Senate districts rather than keeping the Latino community united.

During her floor speech, Currie told lawmakers that MALDEF had requested such a division, but Alfonso angrily denounced that statement from the No. 2 House Democrat as a “flat-out lie.”

“Anyone who says that is just working to protect incumbents,” she said.

Expect a lawsuit over this map.

* But the Latino Policy Forum isn’t nearly as upset. From a press release…

Leadership from the 49-member Illinois Latino Agenda is cautiously optimistic about gains in Latino representation included in legislative maps approved today by the General Assembly. Unprecedented collaboration among the Agenda’s diverse city- and suburban-based member organizations has influenced the creation of stronger Latino legislative districts throughout Metro Chicago.

“The new maps represent the growing influence of the Latino community—some advances were significant, some smaller, but all important in allowing Latino voters to effectively decide who will represent them in Springfield,” said Hipolíto “Paul” Roldan, president of the board of directors for the Latino Policy Forum, the co-convener of the Agenda. “Significant among our successes was our unified effort itself. The Agenda represents agreement among nearly 50 diverse Latino groups—a strong, united voice representing a growing, diverse community.” […]

These gains are tempered, however, by the fact that Latinos, Illinois’ second-largest ethnic community and one of its fastest-growing population segments, will continue to be underrepresented in Springfield: Latino Policy Forum analysis indicates that if the two million-plus Latinos in Illinois were proportionately represented, there would be at least 28 Latino super-majority districts in the state legislature. However, analysis shows that geographic concentration would require 13 such districts.

Additionally, Latino leaders are upset that advances came unnecessarily at the expense of community cohesion. Despite the Agenda’s advocacy to the contrary, lines were drawn through—not around—the predominately-Latino communities of Little Village, Back of the Yards, Cicero, Berwyn and Brighton Park. Fracturing these communities dilutes residents’ ability to influence their legislators and improve their neighborhoods. Some of these districts, drawn extensively across municipalities, represent a threat to real representation for Latino communities.

“Outcomes were mixed, but the process itself shows promise: Latinos and other communities of color played a significant role in determining how these maps were drawn,” said Maria S. Pesqueira, President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción and member of the Illinois Latino Agenda. “Our next step is to turn these new district lines into actual representation. More representation for Latinos in Springfield is good for all of Illinois.”

The problem with the demand for all those new districts is that Latino growth was dispersed pretty much throughout the state.

* Meanwhile, the governor kept his tongue in his head when asked about the proposal

“I’ve said over and over, it’s got to be fair. I will tell every member of the General Assembly, both houses, both parties: emphasize fairness. That’s what the people want,” Quinn said.

* The Republicans were not so averse to speaking out, however

“Illinois’ redistricting process is rotten to the core. It just doesn’t work,” said Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale. “When we have a two-party system, things in this state are much fairer and work a lot better.”

Republicans, who became the legislature’s minority party under a Democratic-drawn map a decade ago, contended the current plan would pit 19 House Republicans against an incumbent while only six Democrats would face an incumbent. Even worse, they contend, eight Republican Senate incumbents would face each other while no Senate Democrats would. […]

Republican Sen. Dale Righter of Charleston, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Redistricting Committee, complained that Democrats did not provide enough time for a thorough review of the concepts underlying the map.

“There’s a tragic lack of information about how the lines were drawn the way they are,” Righter said.

That complaint about pairing is a bit rich. The Republicans’ map pairs 14 Senate Democrats into the same districts while only pairing 4 Republicans.

* Roundup…

* Democrats approve new legislative maps, send them to governor

* Illinois lawmakers OK Democratic redistricting map

* Remap of General Assembly clears House

* Illinois state legislature redistricting approved

- Posted by Rich Miller        


5 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Saturday, May 28, 11 @ 10:32 am:

    The Constitutional “system” doesn’t provide for parties at all, but there certainly are two parties that have long been active in the state.

    Only one, however, is able to put together a majority vote on a map.

    Everyone crying today about the process needs to start pushing a constitutional amendment tomorrow.


  2. - DuPage Dave - Saturday, May 28, 11 @ 11:57 am:

    You would think that both parties would want to get some insurance against future remap problems by agreeing to a non-political solution beginning 10 years down the road.

    There are plenty of demography and statistics experts who can divide the state into districts that are roughly equal in population, are compact and contiguous, and which comply with the Voting Rights Act. With todays computer technology it’s really pretty simple to accomplish.

    But neither party wants to truly be fair to the citizens of the state. Rather they want to roll the dice and hope that when the next remap comes their party will get the upper hand in drawing the boundaries.

    The Republicans don’t like what’s going on now, but if they had the majority they would do exactly what the Democrats are doing now.

    So let’s finish this off and hope for a better process in 2021. Like the man said, I’ll cross my fingers but I won’t hold my breath.


  3. - Rudy - Saturday, May 28, 11 @ 1:44 pm:

    Roldan is well-heeled; his group is part of the establishment. MALDEF represents Latinos, particularly Mexican-Americans, that have been heretofore underrepresented.


  4. - Secons that motion - Saturday, May 28, 11 @ 3:04 pm:

    I’m with you Rudy!


  5. - Tom Joad - Sunday, May 29, 11 @ 6:50 am:

    Where was Dillard when the 1992 map was drawn to combine Democrats? Oh, yes, he was Edgar’s chief of staff.
    Turnabout is fair play!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Afternoon updates
* Hospitals back removal of income tax sunsets
* The other strategy
* *** UPDATED 1x *** Quinn onboard; Rauner latches onto term limits proposal
* Because Illinois is a real battleground state
* Quinn dodges Rahm question on "Morning Joe"
* Morning Shorts
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Vic Gundotra leaving Google, has his “and then” moment
        * Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 makes its debut, pico projector in tow
        * Find the best indie games—in our new collection available now!
        * More leaked shots show new dialer app for Android 4.4.3
        * PlayOn now supports Chromecast
        * Opinion-Sharing Platform Knotch Launches A New Website And Updated App
        * IFTTT makes its long-awaited Android debut

        * Bloom Necklace Transforms Shine into Wearable Jewerly
        * Tapped out: A few reasons why Apple iPad sales have slowed
        * Google Glass is on sale to the public again
        * Genius Bookshelves, GoPro Hero3+, Nespresso Espressos, Tire Discounts
        * Facebook Launches Newswire To Deliver Breaking News
        * Opera Coast Gives Users an App-Like Browsing Experience
        * Turn a Used Tin Can Into a Ribbon Organizer

        * Walks working against the White Sox' plans for the bullpen
        * Beckham off DL, returns to White Sox
        * Gordon Beckham coming back, but without a free pass
        * Semien's slam sparks White Sox comeback win
        * White Sox seek series win behind Quintana
        * Beckham to return to White Sox on Thursday
        * Konerko passes Big Hurt in total bases


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * 'Black Republicans are like Jewish Nazis' artic.....
        * Gov. Quinn responds to charges of political hir.....
        * Illinois GOP and business community garner supp.....
        * Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments..
        * Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elect.....
        * Quinn backs term limits for constitutional offi.....
        * Illinois hospital group favors current tax rate..
        * Rauner latches onto term limits proposal..
        * Dem Gov. of IL seems to think black Republicans.....
        * Gov. backs term limits for constitutional officers..


        * Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest
        * ISU rehires fired grounds worker
        * Indiana man faces gun charge at NJ airport
        * Skeletal remains found near Quincy shopping center
        * Mother says triple-homicide victim was fearful
        * Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan
        * Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents
        * WIU to build $72 million performing arts center
        * Thomson prison jobs come with tough hiring process
        * Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises

        * Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments
        * Quinn backs term limits for constitutional officers
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * Quinn grants 43 clemency requests
        * Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents
        * Illinois approved for No Child Left Behind waiver
        * Remap group says it is not political
        * Quinn clout hiring faces scrutiny
        * Illinois Medicaid paying for dead clients

        * Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest
        * After CEO shakeup, Accretive nixes move to Dallas
        * Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan
        * Investors reward boost in net sales at Mead Johnson
        * Polar vortex clips United's wings in 1Q — while rivals stay aloft


        * Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift
        * Truck fatally strikes semi driver taking picture of accident
        * Semi fatally strikes pedestrian in Noble Square
        * Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by semi in Noble Square
        * Editorial: How to improve graduation rates
        * Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’
        * Maine West principal reported early hazing to ex-superintendent: officials
        * DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim
        * Judge, citing possible innocence, orders release of Hickory Hills woman in shaken baby case
        * Despite pleas, CPS hands three schools to private operator


        * Pediatrician killed in Afghanistan 'was driven by the kids'
        * Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials
        * Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials
        * Dutch man charged in Chicago with selling drugs for bitcoins
        * Metra cancels 4 trains after injured man found near tracks
        * Ex-alderman testifies on white powder in letter
        * Jury starts considering whether Jorge Torrez should die
        * Driver fatally hit by truck while taking photos of accident damage


        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * Earth Friendly Event In Springfield This Weekend
        * Madigan Vs. The Maps
        * Chemical found on U.S. apples banned in Europe over safety concerns
        * Aging Population Biggest Economic and Financial Challenge Ahead
        * Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S.
        * Murray Center Advocates Win Appeals Decision
        * Marian Anderson Tribute - 'The Concert That Shook The Establishment'
        * Marian Anderson Tribute - 'The Concert That Shook The Establishment'


        * Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments
        * Quinn backs term limits for constitutional officers
        * Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Barr borrowed late in sheriff campaign to keep ads flowing
        * Cristal Thomas: Protecting Illinois’ pregnant workers shouldn’t be a heavy lift
        * Remap group says it is not political
        * Quinn clout hiring faces scrutiny
        * Judge OKs use of lawmaker's post-arrest statement
        * Bill would get state police cruisers on road
        * Patronage allegations give Rauner fodder in race against Quinn


        * Ebert statue unveiled
        * Thomson prison jobs come with tough hiring process
        * State bicyclists group honors Madison County trails
        * Pasta House revamps menu, renames Fairview Heights restaurant
        * Police search for three men in Wal-Mart iPad theft
        * Showers, thunderstorms likely this afternoon, tonight
        * Alorton police officer accused of domestic battery
        * Police interview persons of interest in razor blade case
        * EM police interview 'persons of interest' in razor blades case
        * Police ID driver of truck in crash that killed passenger


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Shimkus discusses disaster issues - The So...
        * Shimkus Hosting Congressional Art Show at ...
        * Congressman to host art show at Tarble - D...
        * Shimkus tours EIU Renewable Energy Center ...
        * Nuke advocate attacks Obama - Reno News & ...
        * Grant puts AEDs in Clark County - Paris Be...
        * Congressman's staff in Neoga today - Journ...
        * Congressman to visit Renewable Energy Cent...
        * Shimkus Honors 100th Anniversary of Heath ...
        * Congressman to visit with constituents in ...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Black Power TV
        * Speakers At Chicago Board of Education Meeting
        * Madigan Re-Elected As Illinois Democratic Party Chairman
        * Foster Introduces Bill To Trim College Textbooks Costs
        * Emanuel Pushes Back On Rauner's Robocalls Against Pension Bill
        * The [Thursday] Papers
        * "Standing up for our jobs" sign at Walmart protest in Chicago
        * Protesters rally outside Walmart in Chicago
        * "Walmart stop the death" sign at protest in Chicago
        * Activists protest for higher wages and better living conditions at Walmart in Chicago


        * Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV on the Rise Nationally - Residents Are Encouraged to Get Tested for STDs
        * State Insurance Regulators Urge Property Owners to Review/Add Coverage to Protect from Floods & Water Damage - Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage
        * Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers
        * Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day” - Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today
        * Douglas County students win statewide contest - Governor proclaims April 23 "YOUR ACTIONS MATTER!" DAY as statewide underage drinking prevention efforts are kicked off in eastern Illinois




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller