Map substantially equalizes population in each district for the first time in decades

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate and House Redistricting Committees today released a proposed map of new Illinois Supreme Court boundaries to bring them into compliance with the Illinois Constitution by reflecting population shifts over the nearly 60 years since the map was last drawn in 1963. 

“This map is about equal representation in the state’s most important court,” said Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “As we strive for all to be equal before the law, we must ensure we all have an equal voice in choosing those who uphold it.”

Under this proposal, the number of residents in the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Supreme Court districts will be substantially equalized to better reflect the population and demographic shifts that have occurred in the state of Illinois over the course of the last sixty years. Currently, population fluctuates greatly between districts. For instance, the Second District contains 3.2 million people, while the Fourth and Fifth Districts contain under 1.3 million people.

“The boundaries for Illinois Supreme Court districts have not been updated for several decades, it’s time we make changes in recognition of the population changes and demographic shifts that have taken place since the 1960s,” said Sen. Omar Aquino, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. “Illinois is a very different state than it was sixty years ago, and the voters of Illinois deserve to elect members to our state’s highest court that reflect their values.”

This new map will not impact the tenure of the current Appellate and Supreme Court justices. All justices running for retention will have the right to do so in their current districts. Further, this map avoids disruption to the Judicial Branch by ensuring that the Appellate Courts can remain where they currently reside and avoid changing the compositions or boundaries of the Judicial Circuits.  

Consistent with the proposed legislative 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 public has the opportunity to provide input on this proposed map at four scheduled redistricting committee hearings between the House and the Senate this week. To view the proposed map, visit www.ilsenateredistricting.com or www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.

Public encouraged to provide feedback on boundaries ahead of vote by General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate and House Redistricting Committees have released a proposed map of new legislative boundaries designed to comply with federal and state law and ensure the broad racial and geographic diversity of Illinois is reflected in the General Assembly.

The proposed map incorporates suggestions gathered during more than 45 public hearings held across the state as legislators sought input on how to best ensure communities across Illinois receive fair and equal representation. The proposal can be viewed at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting. The public is encouraged to provide feedback during additional hearings that will take place next week before a map is voted on by the General Assembly.

“Redistricting is about making sure all voices are heard, and that’s exactly what this map accomplishes. This is a fair map that reflects the great diversity of our state and ensures every person receives equal representation in the General Assembly,” said Sen. Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. “I’m grateful to all of the community groups and organizations who engaged in this process in a meaningful way and look forward to continuing those conversations in the coming days.”

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SPRINGFIELD  – The Chairs of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees are encouraging Illinois residents to provide additional input in the redistricting process by taking advantage of a new online map making portal to draw and submit proposed legislative boundaries before May 10.

The online portal was established by the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus and the Illinois House Democratic Caucus to allow for greater public participation in redistricting, which occurs once every ten years to adjust legislative boundaries in response to population shifts. It is the first time in Illinois history the public has been able to go online to craft suggested maps, which will be reviewed as part of the public record. The Public Drawing Portal can be accessed at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.

“We are working hard to ensure all voices are heard during this redistricting process. I encourage anyone who wishes to submit a proposed map to get their entries in sooner rather than later so there is ample time for them to be reviewed and considered,” said Sen. Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. “This is a historic opportunity for residents across Illinois to have their voices heard.”

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Sens. Julie A. Morrison, Melinda Bush and Adriane Johnson

Redistricting hearings continue to ensure Illinois residents have say in fair map

GRAYSLAKE – State Senators Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest), Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) are leading efforts to gather input from communities of interest to create a fair map that reflects the broad racial and geographic diversity of Lake and McHenry Counties. 

The three Lake County Senators recently chaired one of more than a dozen regional hearings scheduled to be held by the Senate Redistricting Caucus in the coming weeks as lawmakers seek input from the public in order to craft a fair map that reflects the diversity of Illinois. That includes the state’s racial and geographic diversity, among other factors.

“Nothing is more important that ensuring the residents who are affected by redistricting have their needs considered,” Morrison said. “Coming together with community leaders who work with people throughout the area allow us to learn what we must prioritize during our remap.”

The Senate Democratic Caucus is focused on inclusion, with hearings being held both in person and virtually, allowing for say from stakeholders in all of Illinois’ 102 counties. For the first time, anyone who wishes to propose a new legislative boundary map can draw a map online by visiting ilsenateredistricting.com/draw-your-own-map.

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Aug. 30, 2021 Proposed Map

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