State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) has been called on by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to serve as the Republican Spokesperson for the House Redistricting Committee. The committee is tasked with redrawing district boundaries for the state’s 59 State Senators and 118 State Representatives in the Illinois House.
“Since I joined the General Assembly, I have been an outspoken advocate for reform to our redistricting process to end partisan gerrymandering,” said Butler. “I firmly believe the best way to do that is through the creation of an independent commission. Serving as Spokesperson of the House Redistricting Committee provides an opportunity to advance that advocacy and lead discussions around the state for a more fair and non-partisan process. I thank Leader Durkin for selecting me for this important role.”
The House and Senate Redistricting Committees will hold public hearings across the state and then must propose a redrawing of the House and Senate districts by June 30, 2021.
The process has often been criticized because it places more power in the hands of the majority party to draw district boundaries that favor their party. If the committee is unable to propose new district boundaries that stand up to constitutional muster by the June 30 deadline, it goes to a new committee and possible Supreme Court review in a confusing process. The process faces even more challenges this year because of the delay in the release of 2020 U.S. Census data that is needed for the redrawing process. The U.S. Census Bureau has said the data will not be available until September.
The redistricting committees are slated to begin holding public hearings in April. For more information, click here.