Pritzker approves legislative cards despite strong criticism | State and regional news
Pritzker asserted the opposite.
“These legislative maps align with historic voting rights law and will help ensure that Illinois’ diversity is reflected in the halls of government,” Pritzker said in a prepared statement.
The United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, which says it works for “the equitable advancement of marginalized communities,” argued that the new cards “weaken the voting power of members of black and Latino communities and largely ignore them. Asian-American and Arab-American communities ”.
CHANGE Illinois, which works for an independent map-drawing process, noted that Latino groups who have sued claim Latino power is diluted, that black activists have said the map does not create enough constituencies in age. to vote with a black majority; and that the Jewish communities on the north side of Chicago and the northern suburbs were divided.
“Despite all of this, and despite repeated claims that he wanted cards that accurately reflected the rich diversity of the state, Pritzker chose party loyalty over the people of Illinois,” the executive director said. from CHANGE Illinois, Madeleine Doubek.
Pritzker’s defense is that as a candidate in 2018 he favored the creation of an independent commission, and when Democrats with full control of the state government failed to do so, lawmakers have had to face a deadline of June 30 to complete the card. But June 30 was simply the date Democrats allegedly lost control of the process.