Unclear on the concept
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
* From a Peoria Journal Star editorial on remap reform…
What that editorial board wants is not remap reform, but a Republican state. Talk about a “magic incantation.” Sheesh.
I mean, if the maps are drawn fairly and without political considerations, who’s to say that Madigan would definitely lose control of the House? This is, after all, a Democratic-leaning state, despite Gov. Rauner’s 2014 win. How are you gonna “fairly” draw lots of Republican districts in Chicago and the south suburbs? And, remember, Madigan kept the gavel eight out of ten years of a Republican-drawn map in the 1990s. So, if he can win under a relatively unfair, partisan map, how is he supposed to be guaranteed to lose under a fair, non-partisan map?
And how are fair legislative district maps gonna end Madigan’s chairmanship of the Democratic Party of Illinois or change the balance on the Illinois Supreme Court?
If this is the bar they’re setting, they should also thunder against the current fair map proposal.