Illinois congressional remap proposal favoring Democrats surfaces in Springfield – Crain’s Chicago Business

Completely dismembered under the  proposal is the district of Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, who has clashed with Donald Trump loyalists but is still a Republican. Democratic-leaning portions of his district in the Joliet area would be given to Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood of Naperville to shore up her standing, with Republican sections annexed on to GOP-leaning districts downstate. 
Also sharply altered is the district of downstate Rep. Rodney Davis. His Taylorville home and heavily GOP portions of his district would be merged into one now represented by GOP freshman Mary Miller. The Democratic portions would be part of a string-bean-shaped district running from East St. Louis up to Decatur, Springfield, Champaign-Urbana and Decatur that at least nominally tilts Democratic. Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan challenged Davis twice, coming within about 2,000 votes of unseating him in 2018; in 2020, he expanded his margin of victory considerably, to nearly 30,000 votes.

Davis has indicated he’d like to stay in the House, but that he might run for governor against Pritzker if that’s not possible. 

The seats now held by other Republicans, Reps. Mike Bost and Darin LaHood, appear to be safe under this proposal. But both districts would be enlarged to cover more geography, with LaHood’s district, for instance, running from the St. Louis area almost to the Wisconsin line.

Designers of this map also are trying to keep a northwest Illinois seat Democratic, even tough incumbent Cheri Bustos is retiring. The proposed new district would be more Democratic by, for instance, including all of Rockford in it, perhaps in hope of luring Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara into the contest.


via “Illinois Politics” – Google News

May 16, 2021 at 03:04PM

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