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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The Incredible Illinois Gerrymander

On Friday, Governor J.B. Pritzker broke his veto pledge and signed partisan state legislative redistricting maps drawn by Democratic lawmakers in Springfield. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote about the gerrymandered redistricting proposal and urged the Governor to keep his veto pledge.

From the editorial:

“Illinois Democrats hold a statehouse supermajority, every statewide office and a state Supreme Court majority. That sounds like a monopoly on power. But with voters starting to revolt against the state’s fiscal woes and political corruption, Democrats are now working to further entrench their power.

“Late last week Democrats jammed through new state legislative maps that combine 14 Republicans in the Illinois House into seven districts. That means seven GOP incumbents are guaranteed to lose in party primaries. Republicans will also lose their incumbent advantage in seven districts. No Democrats were combined in the same House districts.

“…Two weeks ago, Mr Pritzker reaffirmed his campaign pledge to veto “an unfair map”—read his lips. We hope he keeps his promise. In any case, the gerrymander is certain to be challenged in court because Illinois Democrats redrew the legislative maps based on Census Bureau population estimates, rather than granular data from the 2020 count. Data from the 2020 count won’t be available until late this summer due to pandemic delays.

You can read the full editorial here.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and state lawmakers held a two-day, four-stop tour where they visited communities across central Illinois that have been carved up by Illinois Democrats to protect and maximize their own political power.

Joining Rep. Davis were State Representatives Avery Bourne, Dan Brady, Tim Butler, Dan Caulkins, Brad Halbrook, Mike Marron, and Mike Murphy and State Senators Jason Barickman, Steve McClure, Chapin Rose, and Sally Turner. The two-day, four-stop tour took Rep. Davis and state lawmakers to gerrymandered neighborhoods in Savoy, Normal, Decatur, and Springfield. You can find videos of each event at the links above.