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(Chicago Tribune) — Illinois lawmakers are preparing to change a few ground rules for the once-a-decade process when they redraw district boundaries, a high-stakes exercise in power politics that puts careers on the line.  Two ideas could get a hearing this week when lawmakers return to the Capitol for the fall session. One is aimed at opening what’s been a secretive, backroom process by requiring several public hearings around the state. A second is designed to keep ethnic and cultural communities like Chinatown in cohesive voting blocs rather than splitting them into so many districts that their voices are diminished.

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