Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released preliminary data indicating the number of congressional districts each state will have going forward, based on the 2020 Census. As expected, Illinois will be losing one seat.
The discussion about how that redistricting will be done is a bit messy. More specific data, indicating metrics regarding race and geography, will be release in August. However, current state law gives the Illinois General Assembly (led by Democrats) until June 30th to redraw the maps. After that date, a bipartisan commission is appointed, which of course Dems don’t want to have happen.
We will likely lose a downstate district, perhaps IL-13. From WGN-TV:
There is speculation Democrats will erase GOP Congressman Rodney Davis’ 13th district. Davis said Democrats have longed targeted his seat.
Democrats are going to play politics with redistricting, they can’t help themselves.
He blamed Democrats some more on Twitter yesterday. If IL-13 is absorbed into another district, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see a Davis gubernatorial run. Thinking about this makes me tired.
Screen shot from ABC7 Chicago.