Adjustments include efforts to keep more communities whole

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees have released an updated map of legislative boundaries and are encouraging the public to provide feedback before the General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the proposal this week.

The updated map follows the release of long-delayed information from the U.S. Census Bureau and can be viewed at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting. The proposed map comes after a series of public hearings the committees have held in recent days to gather input on potential adjustments. Additional public hearings will take place before legislators vote on the boundaries.

The map is designed to comply with federal and state law and ensure the broad racial and geographic diversity of Illinois is reflected in the General Assembly. Among the proposed adjustments is an effort to keep more communities whole, a frequent request from local officials throughout Illinois.

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Public encouraged to submit maps as lawmakers consider changes to legislative boundaries

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees have updated an online mapmaking portal to reflect population and demographic information recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which will allow the public to review the data and submit proposed maps as lawmakers consider potential adjustments to legislative boundaries.

The mapmaking portal is available at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting and comes ahead of a series of public hearings the committees will hold this week to gather input on adjustments to the legislative boundary map, which was passed in May. The portal continues the efforts of Democrats to engage in a redistricting process centered on public participation with more accessibility than ever before.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit any proposed legislative districts or communities of interest by August 29, 2021 for consideration.

Returning users that have previously used the portal do not need to create a new account.

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Public encouraged to weigh in as General Assembly considers changes

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate and House Redistricting Committees will hold a series of public hearings to consider potential changes to legislative boundaries following information recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

At least seven hearings will take place to gather input on possible adjustments to the legislative map, as Democrats remain committed to enacting a fair map that reflects the broad racial and geographic diversity of Illinois. All of the hearings will include a virtual component to ensure stakeholders from across the state can safely participate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Members of the public may request to provide testimony, submit electronic testimony or submit electronic witness slips in advance of the hearings via the General Assembly website www.ilga.gov or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who wish to provide testimony at a hearing location will be given the opportunity to do so as well.

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Revised legislative map reflects suggestions made during public hearings, feedback from Republicans

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate and House Redistricting Committees today released an updated version of the proposed legislative map that includes changes suggested by community groups, advocacy organizations and individuals during hours of testimony at four public hearings held this week.

“After 50 public hearings across the state and listening to hours of testimony, the House and Senate Democrats have put together a product our state can be proud of,” said Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “What should stand out about this proposed map is how similar districts look compared to our current map. This is the same map a renowned expert says is a model for the nation for minority representation. The changes we made not only reflect testimony provided over the last couple of days from members of the public, but also include revisions to address concerns raised by Republicans.”

“This proposed map is the product of countless hours of testimony from advocacy, community, and grassroots organizations, as well as individuals who care deeply about their communities. Their passion and dedication were vital to this process, which has resulted in a fair map that will not only ensure that broad racial and geographic diversity is reflected in the General Assembly, but also maintain our status as a leader in the nation for minority representation in the state legislature,” said Sen. Omar Aquino, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee.

Among the changes made in the revised version of the proposed legislative map is a request from the Orthodox Jewish community. While maintaining the integrity of surrounding districts, as well as requests from other members of the public, the revisions will keep more of the Orthodox Jewish community united. The revised legislative map also restores the southern part of the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago to its current legislative district following feedback from community members asking for that change.

Following the release of the proposed legislative map, Republicans in the legislature made public comments criticizing the number of incumbent Republicans who would be located in the same district. A number of those districts have been reconfigured to accommodate the concerns of Republicans.

In addition to these updates, House and Senate Democrats also released new boundaries for the Cook County Board of Review. The Board is a vital asset that assists taxpayers in calculating tax obligations for Cook County property owners. Currently, there are three Commissioners elected in three separate districts in Cook County. This proposed map reflects population shifts in the past decade and allows for more equal representation across the districts.

Consistent with the proposed legislative and Supreme Court maps, this proposed map was drafted using population information from the American Community Survey’s (ACS) 5-year estimate for 2019. The ACS estimate varies by just 0.3 percent from the state’s official population count released by the U.S. Census Bureau in April.

The proposed maps will soon head to committee for further debate and discussion in both the House and Senate.  To view the proposed map, visit www.ilsenateredistricting.com or www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.

 

Aug. 30, 2021 Proposed Map

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Enacted Legislative Map

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Enacted Supreme Court Map

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Committee Schedule

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