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Downstaters: Fewer senators please

April 6, 2011
Illinois Statehouse News Service via the Alton Telegraph

By ANDREW THOMASON

SPRINGFIELD — It isn’t often that you hear calls for less representation in politics, but that was the case Wednesday morning in an Illinois Senate redistricting committee.

Dennis Fisher drove to the Capitol from his home in Shelby County to testify before the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee. His county has three state senators to serve a population of about 22,000. When the legislative map was created in 2001, senators averaged about 210,000 people in their districts.

Praise and frustration after Illinois Dems release legislative maps

May 22, 2011
WBEZ

by Sam Hudzik

(WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)

Illinois Democrats are defending the new boundaries they've proposed for state legislative districts. Two hearings on the maps were held over the weekend in Chicago.

Democrats hold the governor's office and both chambers of the legislature, putting them in control of the mapmaking. The lines are redrawn every ten years using new Census data.

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, acknowledges the boundaries were drawn in ways that could help her party.

At redistricting hearing, Democrats defend new map as fair, and Republicans seek ways to challenge it

May 22, 2011
Chicago Tribune

By Rick Pearson, Tribune reporter

Democratic state lawmakers used a Sunday public hearing in Chicago to defend their plan to redraw the 118 Illinois House districts, with the proposal's sponsor calling it "fair and competitive" to combat Republicans' complaints that the new map is partisan and punitive.

Share map before a vote (Editorial)

April 10, 2011
Rock Island Argus and Moline Dispatch

It's great that the Quad-Cities has been tabbed to host a public hearing on the state's new political map.

Indeed, we commend Democratic leaders for going well beyond the four public hearings mandated by law in the current redistricting effort. And we're glad Rock Island will play host to the Illinois House Special Committee on Redistricting's April 20 session.

Witnesses tell redistricting panel to keep counties together

April 6, 2011
CambridgeChronicle.com
By DOUG FINKE

SPRINGFIELD -- Dennis Fisher told the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee Wednesday that people in Shelby County, where he lives, have a problem.

They have too much representation.

Downstaters: Fewer senators please

April 6, 2011
The Telegraph

By ANDREW THOMASON
Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD — It isn’t often that you hear calls for less representation in politics, but that was the case Wednesday morning in an Illinois Senate redistricting committee.
Dennis Fisher drove to the Capitol from his home in Shelby County to testify before the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee. His county has three state senators to serve a population of about 22,000. When the legislative map was created in 2001, senators averaged about 210,000 people in their districts.

Quinn expected to sign redistricting legislation in Chinatown

March 7, 2011

Posted by Rick Pearson at 12:01 a.m.

Gov. Pat Quinn today is expected to sign legislation requiring statewide hearings involving the politically controversial redrawing of state legislative district boundaries, but the new law falls far short of allowing the public significant input on the new map lines before lawmakers approve them.