Thursday, May 19, 2011

Senate Democrats release a legislative map

The Senate Democrats have released their proposed map for Illinois legislative districts. The map is available on the Democrats’ website as pdf files, or a more interactive version can be found on Google Earth. (A link to download Google Earth is available on the website.)

Two hearings are scheduled for public feedback. One will be in Chicago at noon on Saturday at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in committee room C-600, and another will be in Springfield at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Statehouse in committee room 114. Senate Democrats plan to have live feeds of the hearings on their website.

“Today’s release is part of the aggressive effort we’ve taken to engage the public in the redistricting process. Because of the advances and availability of web-based technology, anyone with an Internet connection can view this proposal,” Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul, chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, said in a prepared statement.

Illinois House Democrats are working on their own plan for the legislative districts for their chamber. Their map proposal has not been released. We will have more on the Senate Democrats' proposed map later today.


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