Republicans File Dream Congressional Map – Walsh and Manzullo Would Have with No GOP Incumbent Opponent
It was filed in Federal Court today.
Here’s the press release that goes with it:
Statement of Republican U.S. House Members from Illinois on
the Proposed Congressional Map Filed Today in Federal Court
“The Fair Map filed in federal court today proves that it is possible to create congressional districts that respect both constitutional and democratic principles. More importantly, this map stands in stark contrast to the contorted map passed by the Democrats, which is so gerrymandered that it can have no goal but to maximize partisan advantage by disregarding the will of Illinois voters.
“The Fair Map specifically addresses the problems with the Democrats’ map by providing a second district for the state’s growing Latino population, creating district lines that satisfy the tests for compactness, and protecting communities of interest by keeping them wholly within individual districts.
“We look forward to an impartial hearing in court that exposes the fatal flaws in the Democrats’ Illinois congressional redistricting scheme and recognizes the fact that creating fair, compact, and representative congressional districts is not only possible, but necessary.”
Rep. Judy Biggert (Il-13) Rep. Peter Roskam (Il-6)
Rep. Robert Dold (Il-10) Rep. Bobby Schilling (Il-17)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (Il-14) Rep. Aaron Schock (Il-18)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Il-11) Rep. John Shimkus (Il-19)
Rep. Don Manzullo (Il-16) Rep. Joe Walsh (Il-8)
Here’s a comparison of map lines in Northeastern Illinois:
McHenry County would be the center of the 8th Congressional District proposed by Republicans. It looks like a better map for State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) than what Illinois Democrats handed him.
Joe Walsh, a resident between McHenry and Johnsburg, would be the incumbent.
In the Democrats version of the 14th District, both Walsh and 14th District incumbent Randy Hultgren would reside in the same district.
It, however, is heavily Republican, including both Boone County, northern Kane County and going east into and perhaps beyond Barrington Township in Cook County.
Just as with the Democrats’ remap, incumbent Congressman Don Manzullo would lose McHenry County. Unlike in the Democrats’ plan, his district would not encircle the Chicago metropolitan area ending up on the Illinois-Indiana line south of Kankakee.