From the desk of John Lopez: Version control prompts an example of “fake news”
All right, I will admit, I gave Crain’s Chicago Business Greg Hinz too much credit without questioning his Sunday afternoon congressional remap complete with a “draft map” with discernment.
The above map was taken from an April 30 tweet by Cook Political Report‘s U.S. House Editor Dave Wasserman. Here is the tweet:
Do the maps in the above tweet look familiar? They should, it’s the exact same map published in Crain’s Sunday afternoon by political reporter Greg Hinz.
Back on April 1st, McHenry County Blog published an article sourced from Cook Political Report‘s U.S. House Editor Dave Wasserman’s inside information about a “semi-swap” map with the IL-11 and IL-14 being swapped.
What I did not know until last night, Wasserman had updated the original “semi-swap” map dated March 12 with the above version of “semi-swap” dated April 30, which Wasserman tweeted after IL-17 Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) announced her retirement from Congress, as reported on April 30.
Until last night, I did not know Wasserman tweeted a revised April 30 map, which is different from March 12, particularly with McHenry County, being a part of a new IL-11 in March, but on April 30, the IL-08 had replaced the original IL-11.
Therefore, outside of Sunday’s Crain’s report, no maps have been obtained that the Democrats are drawing, either for congressional districts or Illinois General Assembly, and the Daily Herald‘s Saturday afternoon story, focusing solely on the General Assembly districts, have area lawmakers all saying no maps were drawn.
I will do better to use discernment, even with stories from credible journalists. The output from the Democrats’ Map Room is still secret.
Guess it’s time to relive some 40-year old Indiana Jones in the Map Room.
The first leaked working map of the congressional remap the Democrats in Springfield are working appears to confirm Wasserman’s sources were accurate back in March, with many of the components being applied, but with a significant twist for McHenry County, if this is the final map.
Neither of the current Members of the U.S. House representing McHenry County will be up for election for McHenry County voters in 2022.
Instead, McHenry County being divided among the heavily Democratic 8th, 9th and 10th Congressional Districts.
While this map excerpt published in Crain’s Chicago Business over the weekend is far from the final, as POLITICO‘s Shia Kapos explained, it does tell what state legislators (Democrats only) are thinking. Impacts to McHenry County:
- IL-06 (Sean Casten) completely removed from Algonquin Township in McHenry County and from northern Kane County. Moving west into central Kane County to absorb Campton and Blackberry townships, all of St. Charles Township and northwest corner of Geneva Township away from IL-14, and moving further east into Cook County including the city of Chicago
- IL-14 (Lauren Underwood) completely removed from McHenry County, and “swapped” with Congressman Bill Foster’s IL-11 taking in more of her Will County Democratic base, and absorbing current IL-16, while keeping Kendall County, but including the city of Aurora in both Kendall and Will counties away from IL-11. Underwood loses all of DuPage County, including her main field office in West Chicago. Im addition to McHenry and DuPage counties, her new district loses all of Lake, Kane and the Sycamore portion of DeKalb counties.
- IL-08 (Raja Krishnamoorthi) gains most of rural northwest McHenry County, plus all of the cities of Woodstock and Harvard, plus all of the village of Huntley. In Kane County, gains the remaining portion of Dundee Township, plus all of Rutland and Hampshire townships.
- IL-09 (Jan Schakowsky) gains all of McHenry and Nunda townships, plus most of Algonquin Township, including significant portions of the city of Crystal Lake
- IL-10 (Brad Schneider) enters McHenry County, claiming Richmond, Burton and Hebron townships
- Both IL-14 Democratic State Central Committeepersons, Paul Janko and Kristina Zahorik drawn out of IL-14 completely. Republican State Central Committeeperson Laura Pollastrini (Hampshire) also drawn out of IL-14. For all three to retain their spots on the respective state central committees, they must seek reelection in different districts, Janko and Pollastrini in IL-08, Zahorik in IL-09
Here’s the statewide draft map as reported by Crain’s:
All reminded, this is a “working map” and far from final.
That said, it looks like commenter Correcting got what they shared with state Representative Suzanne Ness (D, Crystal Lake) — the IL-16 of Congressman Adam Kinzinger is eliminated, so the Adam Kinzinger vs. Catalina Lauf primary is finished.
What both Kinzinger and Lauf do in 2022 remains to be seen, with Kinzinger having the option to run for the U.S. Senate (Lauf doesn’t turn 30 until May of 2023, so not old enough to run for Senate next year).