Map of New Illinois Districts Released After Secret Deliberations

May 20, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — The number of legislative districts in the state Senate with a majority of African-American voters would shrink, while Latinos could see their voice grow louder under newly drawn legislative maps made public Thursday by Senate Democrats.  Because of a 17-percent decline in African-American population figures in the city, cartographers for Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) created seven districts with a majority of black voters, compared to eight now, Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said.  And Latinos, whose population jumped in the 2010 census, would have majority voting blocs in five Senate districts instead of the four districts where that now is the case, she said.  Aides to Cullerton, whose office oversaw the drawing of the 59 Senate districts, said legislative mapmakers adhered to constitutional and federal Voting Rights Act requirements in crafting a map.

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