* Greg Hinz…
What’s known for sure is that three-person panels—comprised of aides to House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Senate President Don Harmon and Gov. J.B. Pritkzer—have been meeting separately in recent days with every Democratic member of the state’s congressional delegation to see what they want out of decennial reapportionment.
Sources who know say those meetings have been strictly one-way, with the congressmen talking but getting no answers as to what to expect. Members have been told only the General Assembly likely will adopt a new map in its fall veto session, which begins next week, on Oct. 19, and lasts six days over two weeks.
In other words, the members’ proposals are “under review.”
* Meanwhile, US Rep. LaHood talked about the remap process and opposes federal intervention, of course…
18th District Congressman Darin LaHood still doesn’t know what his new district will look like, however, he’s not in favor of the federal government intervening with the redistricting process. […]
LaHood says despite the frustration with the process Illinois Democrats are using to determine the deficits, he does not want to see the federal government intervene.
“Because we don’t want to federalize our elections across all 50 states. The unique thing in our system is every state ought to decide where its lines are drawn. But there’s a better way of doing it, and again having non-politicians do this is currently being done in a number of other states and it’s a trend now.
There is I guess a presumption that we could pass a federal law that says every state could use an independent commission, but I don’t think the votes of support are there to do that. But clearly, this is in my view undemocratic, it’s not healthy for democracy and I think it leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.”
The Republican-led Texas Senate has passed a 38-district congressional map that shores up GOP incumbents and draws 25 districts in which Donald Trump would have defeated Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Trump won Texas by 5.6 percentage points.
* “We’re totally transparent, but I, as chairman, don’t know who’s drawing the maps.” Hilarious…
Republicans still call the process a “dog and pony show” if Democrats block people from participating. They also stressed the online mapmaking portal is “pointless” if people can’t log in to use it.
Yet, Committee Chair Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) stressed this is a transparent process.
“I do believe that in practice it has worked. Doors have been open, zooms have been open,” Aquino said. “Our ears have been open. We’ve had a number of folks that have participated in this process without fail.”
Aquino said his caucus posts all the proposed maps and written testimony from advocates on the Senate Democrat’s redistricting website and the state legislative website.
Republican members of the committee want to know who is drawing the congressional map. However, Aquino claims he doesn’t know.
* Capitol News Illinois…
Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged the House Redistricting Committee to listen to community groups and afford them more opportunity than they had during the legislative redistricting process to review any proposed new maps before they are voted on.
“I had trouble finding one group that participated in the legislative remap hearings that publicly endorsed the legislative maps. But there are a lot that rejected those maps,” Tolley said. “And I just want us to think about how can we have a map that reflects the interest of communities if almost every group that tries to engage with this process says their voices were ignored and their communities were harmed. Their efforts really should not be in vain.”