A press release from Mike Tryon:
House Democrats Push Through Gerrymandered Redistricting Map
Dems Deny Vote on Fair Map Proposal; Shun Public Input in Favor of Partisan Map
Springfield…In a stunning reversal of their repeated pledge to lead an open and transparent redistricting process, House and Senate Democrats introduced and quickly passed a new legislative redistricting map late this week that is significantly different from the remap proposal presented last week.
The bait-and-switch follows weeks of public hearings that were held throughout the state to obtain local citizen input on how Illinois’ new map should be drawn.
“So much for transparency,” said Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), who voted against the map. “The democrats claimed this would be an open and fair process, but today they pulled a bait-and-switch maneuver and rushed through a vote on a proposal that the public has never seen and on which the public has never had an opportunity to comment. It’s the best example yet for why we desperately need to reform the remap process.”
According to Tryon, the map approved today includes political protections that will help Democrats hold their seats and perhaps gain a greater majority over the next ten years.
The new map pits 17 incumbent Republicans in races against each other in 2012.
In addition, the new map retains most of the Chicago legislative districts, despite the fact that a great deal of the population loss over the last ten years occurred within the City of Chicago.
“We presented a fair alternative map which maintains county and municipality boarders while looking solely at population numbers rather than on precinct voter data,” said Tryon.
“Our map, which was summarily ignored by the majority party, included districts that were equal in population, in compliance with the Federal and Illinois Voting Rights Acts, and mindful of the rights of minority representation.”
The Fair Map (Republican proposal) and accompanying data is available for viewing at www.ilhousegop.org/themap.