SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
House and Senate Republicans file suit against state remap

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011

* The Illinois House and Senate Republicans’ lawsuit against the state legislative remap can be read by clicking here. From their press release

* The [Democratic] map violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 because African Americans and Latinos have not been provided a “fair opportunity” to participate in the political process.

* The process by which the map was approved violates the Illinois Constitution because the map was not made available to the public or the legislature for a sufficient amount of time for review.

* The map violates the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution because it dilutes the voting power of Republican voters throughout the state

* The map violates the compactness requirement of the Illinois Constitution and is less compact than the previous map and the Fair Map put forward as an alternative.

* Greg Hinz

Other plaintiffs include African-American and Latino individuals, but no major groups from either of those communities. That could be significant, because the federal courts traditionally give huge weight to complaints from minority groups that feel they have been cheated of their opportunity to elect officials from their communities.

More

The suit contends that two new House districts, the 7th and 114th, could easily have been given a more than 50% voting-age African-American population, but were not. As a result, it says, the map creates only 16 black-majority districts, not the 18 required by results of the 2010 Census.

Similarly, House districts 23 and 60 could have been made Latino majority, but were not, and six other districts could easily be more Hispanic, it says, calling that failure a “gross deprivation of . . . constitutional and statutory rights.”

The suit also contends that the map approved by lawmakers last spring is “an intentional, systematic and unfair political gerrymander” designed to “protect Democratic members of the General Assembly and to prevent re-election of a Republican majority.”

* Back to the suit

Certain of the districts in the Redistricting Plan including, but not limited to, Representative District 96, are of a shape so bizarre on their face that the shape can only rationally be understood to be an effort to separate voters into different districts on the basis of race.

No sufficient or neutral justification exists for the bizarre shape of Representative District 96.

The 96th

* More from the suit

The Redistricting Plan pits 25 incumbent Republican members of the General Assembly against one another while pitting only eight incumbent Democrat members of the General Assembly against one another, without any neutral justification for this partisan
discrepancy.

The Redistricting Plan’s pitting significantly more incumbent Republicans against one another than incumbent Democrats is a deliberate attempt to enhance Democrats’ prospects for reelection and targets Republicans to prevent their reelection. […]

…many of these bizarrely-shaped districts are clearly intended to slither across traditional lines in order to place multiple incumbent Republicans into one district. […]

The Redistricting Plan systematically and intentionally unfairly burdens Republican voters’ rights of political expression and expressive association because of their political views.

* Black districts

African-American voters comprise a sufficiently large and geographically compact group to constitute a majority of the voting-age population (”VAP”) in at least 18 Representative Districts.

The Redistricting Plan creates only 16 Representative Districts where a majority of the VAP is African-Americans.

Some specifics

The African-American VAP in the area of Representative District 114 is sufficiently large and geographically compact such that Representative District 114 could have African-American VAP in excess of 50 percent.

114th

* Latino districts

Representative Districts including, but not limited to, 1, 2, 21, 22, 77 and 83 could be drawn to include Latino VAP sufficient to provide Latino voters a fair opportunity to elect representatives of their choice without violating constitutional requirements.

Some specifics

The Latino VAP in Representative District 23 is 46.27 percent.

The Latino VAP in the area near and around Representative District 23 is sufficiently large and geographically compact such that Representative District 23 could have Latino VAP in excess of 50 percent.

23rd

- Posted by Rich Miller        


No Comments

Be the first to comment.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED x1 *** A few, sparse deets about the Obama visit
* Rauner now says he supports opening the State Museum
* Rahm fires back, and a trip down memory lane
* Red meat for the masses
* *** UPDATED x2 - A clue? - Rauner denies involvement *** AFSCME warns of "phony poll"
* "Not even cash-strapped Puerto Rico"
* Jesse White, many others blast Dunkin, endorse Stratton
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - MJM's new ad, ILGOP's new buy
* Two completely different takes on the Ferro situation
* Because... Madigan!
* Rate the new ad for Rep. Avery Bourne
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

  
* LG G5 leaks, iPhone mini, Galaxy S7 comments and more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
* Verizon Accused Of Net Neutrality Foul By Zero-Rating Its Go90 Mobile Video Service
* LG G5 Rumor Roundup: Everything you need to know
* Are we becoming too dependent on mobile devices?
* OPPO F1 Review: Decent? Yes. Expert? No. (Video)
* VRS Design cases offer peek at Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
* How to stream Super Bowl 50 from your phone, tablet, or media player

* ALL TIME SSS POST AND REC TOTALS
* White Sox Minor Leaguer Shearrow suspended
* Spring not far away as truck heads to Arizona
* This week in White Sox: Sun sets on Andre Ethier rumor
* Did July change Chicago's offseason?
* White Sox trade rumors: Low, sustained heat around Andre Ethier
* Rumor with a view: Why not chase Puig?

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


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

Archives
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
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


* Illinois' Rauner Talks Tolls on the Stevenson -.....
* Rauner Rejects Plan To Reopen State Museum, Enc.....
* Governor issues amendatory veto leaving Illinoi.....


* County filing insurance claim to recover funds lost by fraud
* Professor who wore headscarf to leave Christian college
* School funding overhaul again faces long odds in Springfield
* Illinois owes Springfield hospitals $76 million
* Court effort aims to link job placement with child support
* Police: Rockford's violent crimes surged 24 percent in 2015
* Names released of 6 relatives found dead in Chicago home
* 3 held in alleged fake kidnapping scheme in Chicago suburb
* Lake County offering mental health training to officers
* U of I reports record number of freshman applications

* School funding overhaul again faces long odds
* Statehouse Insider: Three days until President Obama turns Illinois around
* Gaming Board seeks to revoke license of terminal operator
* Illinois Gaming Board seeks to revoke license of terminal operator
* Springfield awaits details on President Obama's visit on Wednesday
* Rauner alters bill that would reopen Illinois State Museum, includes admission fee directive
* IDOT, Amtrak reach agreement to maintain train service
* Rauner touts government consolidation legislation
* State, federal inspectors do flood damage assessments in Kincaid
* Rauner administration, AFSCME continue war of words over contract talks

* Too bad for Boeing—but this Rolling Meadows plant will get boost from Air Force bomber
* Small airlines to O'Hare brass: What about us?
* Why 'distressed' homes are so hot today
* What's the hottest job in Chicago tech today?
* Chicago teachers' rejection of deal is bad for all


* The hand-tooled poetry of artist Martin Puryear
* Artem Anisimov long on shorthanded savvy
* Dear Abby: Did my words at age 12 stop parents’ divorce?
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 7
* THE WATCHDOGS: Rauner still keeping secrets
* Wheaton College to ‘part ways’ with hijab-wearing professor
* Blackhawks trounce Stars to extend Central Division lead
* Sunday Sitdown with sociologist Michael Maly on whites and Chicago
* THE WATCHDOGS: Part-time City Council watchdog made nearly $800,000 in 4 years
* Anisimov leads another explosive period against the Stars


* Woman, 89, missing who may need medical treatment
* Man shot outside Zion bowling alley
* Man killed in Bolingbrook shooting identified
* 1 killed in Humboldt Park shooting
* Chicago Fire Department names veteran firefighter deputy commissioner
* 5 new gates planned at O'Hare Airport
* Man critically hurt in Gresham stabbing
* Man, 18, accused of Des Plaines area burglaries
* 8 hurt in West, South side shootings
* Families stunned by shooting deaths of two teens, urge public's help


* Our View: U.S. Senate candidates should debate outside Chicago
* Bernard Schoenburg: Poe backs Benton over McCann in 50th
* Austin Berg: Illinois manufacturers need bold action from Springfield
* Statehouse Insider: Three days until President Obama turns Illinois around
* Gaming Board seeks to revoke license of terminal operator
* Illinois Gaming Board seeks to revoke license of terminal operator
* Kevin Borgia: Wind energy a low-cost, reliable part of Illinois’s electricity mix
* Charles Krauthammer: The 'establishment' nonsense
* Springfield awaits details on President Obama's visit on Wednesday
* Rauner alters bill that would reopen Illinois State Museum, includes admission fee directive


* PODCAST: Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show
* Richey: Same old story for Illini
* Plays of the Game - Iowa
* LIVE! Iowa
* Feb. 8 Bob Asmussen chat
* PODCAST: Illinois versus Iowa pregame 2-7-16
* Game of the Week Video: Central tops Centennial in second showdown
* Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
* Guest Commentary: Dred Scott case inflamed slavery debate
* Dan Corkery: Flint solved one problem, only to create others


* Panthers LB Davis active, ready to go despite broken arm
* Napoli and Juventus record narrow wins to remain 1st and 2nd
* Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire
* Magic beat Hawks on Vucevic's shot
* Ovechkin reaches 30 goals again as Capitals beat Flyers

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* President Obama to address Springfield on ......

* Sen. Kirk Introduces Bill to Ensure Retire......

* 'Snack 4 Less' Gang Loitering & Flavored Tobacco Issue
* Hell is Madeleine Albright.
* The vast right-wing conspiracy.
* Sunday posts, pics and tweets.
* Collective bargaining in the streets.
* Special education class sizes are the target (again).
* First, Kill All Publicly-Traded Law Firms
* Internet Limits, Bill Daley and Obama...
* Joining Lt. Gov Pat Quinn's Team
* Taking a Blog Break


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




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