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As Pritzker signs in new legislative maps, Republicans voice their frustration

(WEEK) -- As Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the new state maps for the General Assembly, Illinois Supreme Court and the Cook County Board of Review, several Republican critics have voiced their opposition to the move.

The Democratic governor’s office says the district boundaries account for population changes in the state, particularly in the regions that saw the most population loss as recorded by U.S. Census’ American Community Survey.

Related: Gov. Pritzker signs redistricting maps for General Assembly, Supreme Court

However, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said the governor went back on his word to establish fair maps.

“Governor Pritzker lied to the people of Illinois when he pledged to veto a politician-drawn map. Governor Pritzker promised to take politicians out of the mapmaking process and hand it over to an independent commission that would be required to follow the Voting Rights Act and protect minority representation. Instead, he let politicians pick their own voters, split up numerous communities of interest, and use faulty data all in an effort to rig the system for those already in power. Pritzker didn’t keep his word and cannot be trusted.”

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy

State. Rep. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) echoed those sentiments of Tracy.

“Today, Gov. Pritzker completely broke his promise to the people of Illinois by his decision to sign partisan maps drawn by politicians. By signing this map, the Governor has turned his back on over 50 leading government reform and minority advocacy groups as well as 75 percent of Illinois voters who strongly support an independent redistricting process.”  

State Rep. Win Stoller

Even Congressman Darin LaHood, who once served in the Illinois Senate, said the approval of the maps was a "slap in the face to every Illinoisan and good governance everywhere."

"With his signature today, Governor Pritzker has shown Illinoisans that their priorities fall behind his personal interests. Governor Pritzker broke his promise to Illinoisans and our state will suffer because of his failed leadership." 

Congressman Darin LaHood

Republican State Rep. Ryan Spain, of Peoria was a member of the House Redistricting Committee, also showed his dismay with the process.

“As a member of the House Redistricting Committee, we repeatedly heard from government reform advocates to use US census data and that they would require two weeks to provide adequate public review of the new map to see if it meets Voting Rights Act compliance. This is why Governor Pritzker broke his promise after only one week; before Democrats' lies could be exposed as the deception Democrats intended to perpetrate all along. Through bad data, fake transparency and false urgency, Pritzker, Welch, and other Democrats pulled the wool over voter eyes. They assume they can get away with it because this is Illinois. The next election must be a referendum on whether voters will openly permit their own politicians to lie to them."

State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria)

Drew Veskauf

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