Before the 2010 U.S. Census and the Democratic Party’s re-map, there were 11 Republicans and 8 Democrats.
Did Michael Madigan work his reapportionment magic to shift the delegation make-up to his party?
You betcha, as Sarah Palin would say.
A case coming from Democrats in Wisconsin will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Governor Scott Walker and two GOP-dominated legislative houses apportioned the districts to benefit Republicans.
It’s the nature of the beast for parties to see electoral advantage when in control.
Now, in my home state of Maryland, Republicans have won a similar case with regard to one congressional district.
To put in the words of one of the three Appellate Court Justices ( Paul V. Niemeyer), as reported in the Washington Post:
“It seems to me they were highly successful in getting exactly what they wanted,” he said of the Democrats who oversaw redistricting.
“These politicians had the power to make the map the way they wanted it.”
Might Illinois receive relief from out legislative dictator some day?