From Governor Pritzker press release obtained via Capitol Fax:
After reviewing the General Assembly’s congressional maps drawn with 2020 U.S. Census data, Governor JB Pritzker signed the new U.S. House district map that reflects Illinois’ diversity and preserves minority representation in Illinois’ delegation in accordance with the federal Voting Rights Act.
“These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation.”Governor JB Pritzker press release 11/23/21
A landmark achievement of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a protected language minority group.
Building on and strengthening that consequential law, the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011 ensures redistricting plans are crafted in a way that preserves clusters of minority voters if they are of size or cohesion to exert collective electoral power.
The maps signed into law today meet those requirements by creating a second district of significant Latinx representation that reflects the community’s rapid growth on the west side of Chicago.
The district boundaries also account for population changes in the state, particularly in the regions that saw the most population loss as recorded by 2020 U.S. Census.
The Illinois Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 (HB 1291) takes effect immediately.
With the implementation of HB 1291, the 108 local election authorities across Illinois will begin to implement the new map and assign voters within their respective jurisdiction into the appropriate congressional district based on the legislation.
The legislation has congressional districts drawn where necessary down to the Census block level, based on the approved maps from the Illinois General Assembly of October 29, 2021.
With the governor’s signature on the maps, here are where the challengers to Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, Channahon) have decided to run in other districts, based on filings with the FEC and/or their own announcements through Monday.
All are Republicans, unless otherwise noted:
- James Marter to IL-14
- Teresa Pfaff to IL-17
- Geno Young to IL-01
- Jack Lombardi to IL-14
- Marsha Williams (Dem) to IL-17
Neither Michael Rebresh or Catalina Lauf have announced their plans.
Lauf expected to announce soon for IL-11, creating a contested Republican primary with Mike Pierce.
The new IL-14 currently has a 3-way Republican primary between Marter, Lombardi and former radio talk show host Michael Koolidge of DeKalb.
Koolidge ended his WROK radio show on November 12.