Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed into law the state's controversial map of newly reapportioned congressional districts. Republicans have criticized the map, which pits several GOP lawmakers against one another, announced they will sue.Democrats control the redistricting process in the state, which is losing one House seat next year, and the map they drew is seen as benefiting their party. They could pick up five or six seats if the map stands, which would help them recover from the four seats Republicans gained in President Obama's home state last cycle.
Redistricting Across The United States
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College presents one source to find information on redistricting in all fifty states. Scroll over a state to learn about its redistricting process, and click on a state to go to its individual page with more in-depth information and news coverage of redistricting in the state.
For those who follow decennial redistricting carefully, the past few months have been like the "Phoney War" that preceded the German invasion ofin World War II. Both sides are eying each other warily, knowing full well that battle is inevitable, and waiting for the other to strike. Aside from Indiana Republicans weakening Democrat Joe Donnelly's seat significantly, most of the changes have been quiet, and will likely have little impact on the partisan balance in Congress.
State legislators in Illinois are in the process of pushing through a redistricting plan that could cause one of the biggest shakeups in a congressional delegation in history. But is it on par with the biggest gerrymander in recent history? Redistricting experts are already comparing the map to the one passed by Texas Republicans in 2003 under the guidance of then-U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
The Democratic-controlled Illinois state legislature is on the verge of passing a radically redrawn Congressional map that has the national party basking in the prospect of ousting as many as six GOP House members — likely to be the Democrats’ biggest redistricting gain nationwide.
RedistrictinginAmerica.org has mapped the Democrat's redistricting proposal over the current Congressional boundaries.