Sen. Steve Stadelman

Redistricting Hearings Ensure Voices from Across Illinois Have Say in Fair Map

ROCKFORDSen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is leading efforts to ensure communities across northern Illinois receive fair representation as legislators begin the once-a-decade process of drawing new legislative boundaries.

Stadelman recently helped lead 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, religious and geographic diversity, among other factors.

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 will soon be able to draw and submit a map online.

“To create a plan that best reflects the diversity and needs of our state, we must ensure everyone in the community is able to have their voice heard,” Stadelman said. “Through these hearings, we will do just that – which will allow us to have a variety of input to consider when we go to the drawing board.”

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Illinois State Senate

Remap Process to Focus on Transparency, Fairness and Reflecting Diversity of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus launched a series of statewide redistricting hearings on Wednesday, seeking public input as lawmakers begin the once-a-decade process of drawing new legislative boundaries to ensure communities receive equal representation. Senate Democrats are committed to a redistricting process guided by the principles of transparency, fairness and reflecting the diversity of Illinois.

The first hearing of the Senate Redistricting Committee was held at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, with more than a dozen regional hearings scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Hearings will be held both in-person and virtually, allowing for input from stakeholders in all of Illinois’ 102 counties. For the first time, anyone who wishes to propose a new legislative boundary map will soon be able to draw and submit a map online.

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