Illinois Democrats reveal another new congressional map


Illinois Democrats offered a Latin-American-leaning second congressional district and pitted two incumbent Chicago-suburban Democrats against each other in a much-anticipated revised congressional map released on Saturday night.

The new borders represent the party’s second move to draw its political map for the 17 members of the United States House who will represent Illinois in Washington over the next decade and may influence which party controls Congress.

Democrats had produced an earlier card that appeared to allow a net three-seat gain over Republicans. This could prove crucial for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to retain the hammer in next year’s midterm election, which now favors Republicans.

But the new offer produced on Saturday appears to at least keep that possibility open under the right circumstances, although political data is not immediately available. The plan is expected to be voted on in the coming week when lawmakers return to Springfield.

The new borders lay the groundwork for Latinos, the state’s fastest growing demographic, to demonstrate greater political strength and perhaps claim a second seat in the Congressional delegation of the State. Illinois.

A new east-west neighborhood currently devoid of an incumbent connects Latin American populations to Logan Square in northwest Chicago and west of Chicago in the western suburbs. This proposed district is made up of nearly 44% Latinos versus 43% White, according to legislative data showing voters of voting age. Only the 4th Congressional District now owned by US Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Chicago, has a higher concentration of Latino voters, standing at 62% on the new map.

“Changes to this updated congressional map will help ensure that Illinois’ diversity is reflected in Washington,” said State Senator Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, Chairman of the Senate Redistribution Committee . “We appreciate the many advocacy groups and individuals who continue to guide our work with passion and dedication, as we remain focused on creating a just map that will provide equal representation for all.”

Aquino, who lists his residence in the new 3rd Congressional District, said he had not ruled out a potential candidacy for the seat assuming that latter card would not be revised a third time before a possible vote. “It’s a serious conversation that I would need to have with my family,” he said.

The new card, however, creates a political conundrum for the first Democratic United States representative, Marie Newman, of LaGrange, and the second Democratic United States representative, Sean Casten, of Downers Grove, who were drawn to the same. district under the latter proposal.

The newly designed 6th Congressional District covers a wide swath of the southwestern suburbs, extending north to central DuPage County. Democratic cartographers removed sections of the present-day Casten district, stretching to Lake County and west to the Fox River.

Unlike the previous version of the Congress card, Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, of Channahon, was lured into a nearby district and would not face a matchmaking in 2022 against Newman. Instead, Kinzinger’s house is in the same district as the outgoing Republican representative for the United States, Darin LaHood, of Dunlap, north of Peoria.

Kinzinger did not say if he intends to run for another term in Congress, run for a statewide post or test political waters nationwide in an attempt to derail Donald Trump to win another White House term in 2024. Kinzinger suggested he could not stand for re-election in a statement after the previous cards were drawn, saying he was “examining all options, including those outside the Chamber “.

Democratic cartographers also reconfigured the 14th US Congressional District freshman Lauren Underwood by cutting off sections of McHenry County along the Wisconsin border and replacing those with Democrat-friendly areas of Naperville and Bolingbrook. .

Democratic cartographers also pitted US GOP representatives Mary Miller of Oakland and Mike Bost of Murphysboro in a district covering roughly the southern third of Illinois. Both are greedy for Trump, with Miller appearing alongside Trump’s sidekick, U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, at a fundraising down state earlier this year.

There is no requirement that members of Congress live in the Districts of Congress they represent, but it is a difficult political climb to avoid the carpetbagger label that would undoubtedly come into play for anyone who might try this. option.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, of Taylorville, was left in his own irregularly shaped, predominantly rural district that spans roughly the entire width of the central third of the state.

The move could represent a Democratic effort to prevent Davis from putting forward a bid for a statewide office next year. His name has been mentioned in some political circles as a potential GOP rival to Democratic Governor JB Pritzker.

Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold cover Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow them @davemckinney and @tonyjarnold.

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