Latino Group Sues to Block New Illinois Maps

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A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Illinois seeking to block the use of a redistricting plan that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly, this one by a group that represents Latin American communities. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago on behalf of several individuals of Hispanic heritage. “Illinois voters, including the growing Latino voter community, are entitled to districts that accurately reflect the population as determined by the constitutionally mandated decennial census,” MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas Saenz said in a statement. “Ultimately, the General Assembly will have to redraw lines for the 2022 elections using the proper decennial census data.” The lawsuit is similar to one filed earlier in the week by House and Senate Republican leaders. It alleges that the use of American Community Survey population estimates, rather than actual census

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June 11, 2021 at 04:35PM

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