Illinois Congressional redistricting will punish GOP

A number of signs that the Republicans are in for a hard time when Congressional maps for redistricting are released soon. Several different sites are forecasting maps that will expand the Democratic portion of the Congressional delegation to from 11 to 13 seats.

The Democrats currently hold eight seats.

The Capitolfax site reports Charlie Cook updated a map proposal that would extend the Fifth Congressional District, currently held by Mike Quigley, into DuPage County. It “will take a bite out of the district of Rep. Peter Roskam, merging that district with GOP freshman Randy Holtgren.

Swing State Project has been publishing maps that give the Democrats 14 seats in the delegation.  Holy Gerrymander, the map below creates a district that narrowly snakes from the Indiana border along the lake shore to Wisconsin and west to Lake in the Hills.

A Congressional remap proposal in Swing State Project would aim to push Congressman Dold from office by creating a district that stretched from Hegiswich to Lake in the Hills. Credit: Swing State Project


Congressional redistricting is handled by the Statehouse, with maps expected to come out this week.

A comparison of the 2000 map created by the legislature and a 2010 proposal created by computer. Credit: bdistricting

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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