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The following op-ed by Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross appeared in this week's edition of Crain's Chicago Business...
After years of pushing for a Fair Map for the residents of Illinois, House and Senate Republicans released a legislative map today that includes new districts that are equal in population, comply with the United States Constitution, the Federal Voting Rights Act, the Illinois Voting Rights Act and the Illinois Constitution in terms of compactness and contiguity, and maintain county and municipal boundaries without first considering politicians’ addresses or election data.
The public blowback over the proposed legislative maps has no doubt reminded Illinois Democrats why they like to do these things in secret.
Unreal. That's about the only word that can be used in polite company to describe state Senate President John Cullerton's contention that the new legislative map to be debated by his chamber wasn't drawn with an eye toward electing more Democrats. "That's not the intention whatsoever. It's to comply with the law," he said.