Downstate Dems would be protected in proposed new House, Senate maps

Downstate Dems would be protected in proposed new House, Senate maps

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New proposals for Illinois House and Senate districts could mean changes are ahead for many Springfield-area lawmakers and different ballot choices for voters in 2022. 

State Sen. Doris Turner, a Springfield Democrat, likely would have an easier path to retain her seat in 2022 under the Illinois General Assembly redistricting map proposed by super-majority Democrats.

Proposed 2021 Illinois Senate legislative map (Source: www.ilsenateredistricting.com)

Much of Springfield would be included in the proposed new 48th Senate District, rather than part of the city. Turner no longer would represent southern Christian County, part of Montgomery County and other rural areas south of Sangamon County.

State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, also would seem to benefit from the proposed House map. The proposed new 96th District would include a larger swath of Springfield and Decatur and less of the rural areas between the two central Illinois cities.

Scherer would represent more residents in downtown Springfield and areas around Washington Park. The Springfield portion of her existing district largely consists of the city’s east side and part of downtown. 

Scherer said the proposed new district would be good for communities in Springfield and Decatur that usually have few representatives in public office.  

Proposed 2021 Illinois House legislative map (Source: www.ilhousedems.com)

Turner didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.

Democrats issued a news release on Friday saying the maps “comply with federal and state law and ensure the broad racial and geographic diversity of Illinois is reflected in the General Assembly.”

House and Senate Republicans, where they are in the super-minority, continued Monday to criticize details and timing of the proposed maps. Democrats released the redrawn map proposals for the 118 House and 59 Senate seats Friday night. All the seats are up for election in 2022.



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