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(New York Times) — In drawing new legislative districts for state lawmakers last week, Democrats in Springfield said they abided by voting-rights laws and citizens’ concerns.  But they might have done so at the expense of suburban residents, some of whom already felt neglected by their Chicago-based lawmakers.  The new maps show more districts snaking outward from the city, which remains a Democratic stronghold, and into the collar-county suburbs, which lean Republican. In addition to partisan divisions, residents in the two areas can have very different local concerns.  “The General Assembly just ignores this community,” said Mary Schaafsma, issues and advocacy coordinator for the League of Women Voters of Illinois. “When representatives are elected from a base in Chicago, they are concerned with that base and not so much with voters living in the outlying areas of their districts.”

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