Redistricting / Constitutional Amendment
11:36 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Madigan Vs. The Maps

House Speaker Michael Madigan
Credit Amanda Vinicky/WUIS

House Speaker Michael Madigan is harshly criticizing of a plan that would strip him of control over how Illinois draws its legislative maps. The group backing the change has its own harsh words for Madigan.

How legislative districts are drawn sounds wonky. And it is. But it's also really important as boundaries of a district can help determine which party will win a seat.

Because they control the General Assembly and governor's office, Democrats have largely gotten to control the map-making process in Illinois, including the most recent map, drawn in 2011.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue February 1, 2011

End and Means: Mapmaking Sure to Present Challenges for Lawmakers

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

In a few weeks, the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to deliver to Illinois and our sister states detailed demographic breakdowns on the populace’s age, gender, race and other characteristics, virtually on a block-by-block basis.

The fruits of last year’s federal census, the vast amount of information will become the raw material for the decade’s most intensely political endeavor, drawing new district maps for the Illinois General Assembly and the state’s congressional delegation.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu May 1, 2008

Editor's Note: Few Places Have More Maps Than the Illinois State Library

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Lost? Can't seem to find your way? 

I know I often can't. The genetic strand that governs my sense of direction must be frayed. It seems I'm always heading right when I should go left. I've turned more U's than Vanna White. 

That's why I've always been fascinated by maps. They're often the only way I can navigate from place to place. I devour 'em like cheap novels. 

And I recently learned that few places have more maps than the Illinois State Library. 

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