* 1:52 pm - The House is debating the Democrats’ redistricting proposal at the moment. You can listen or watch here.
Gov. Quinn said today that he’s “not excited” about the Democratic plan, which is opposed by Republicans and reformers…
“I’m not excited about that. It’s awfully complicated. I’m not sure it’s a reform or not, to be honest.”
“I just think the best way to have redistricting is to set up competitive districts that are not gerrymandered to make sure the people have the best representatives,” said Quinn after a groundbreaking ceremony in Glenview for a pharmaceutical company building its headquarters there with $4 million in tax credits. “Too often this is an exercise of protecting incumbents of both parties. I don’t think that’s healthy.” […]
“I’ve always felt that redistricting has been way too political in our state, by both parties. So if I’m governor I’m going to try and be the person who makes sure we do it right for the people and not for the politicians.”
The sponsor of the Democratic plan today bristled when hearing about the governor’s comments. Chicago State Sen. Kwame Raoul says Quinn has never told him he opposed the plan.
Raoul says the governor’s decision to talk to the media first would be “highly disappointing.”
* 3:49 pm - The redistricting bill failed to achieve a three-fifths majority, as expected. We’ll post some videos later.