The covers an almost comically diverse landscape.
Starting on the north end at 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, down Martin Luther King Drive to the Dan Ryan at the Skyway and further south, including neighborhoods just east and west of the highway. But the new district then continues down I-57, stretching past Harlem Avenue to LaGrange Road, continuing south and west to Highway 53, all the way to the 2,300-population town of Elwood.
All residents in this area will have their interests represented in Congress by either Democrat Incumbent 1st District Rep. Bobby Rush or Republican Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin.
Rush handily won far more votes in Chicago alone with 55,196 votes to Peloquin’s 599 as of Tuesday. But outside of Chicago, Peloquin took almost all of the Suburban Cook townships, except for Thornton and Calumet. Peloquin also took Frankfort and New Lenox townships.
While the Chicago sections of the new 1st District are population dense, the district used to stop at Will County. Voters in November will include people living on the far west side of Will County.
Who will get the votes: a staunch President Obama supporter, in favor of policies such as the Affordable Health Care Act, or an as-little-government-as-possible Republican?
Surburban Cook County VotesTOWNSHIP Rush Peloquin Bremen 2467 3292 Calumet 1495 207 Orland 904 2221 Palos 74 249 Rich 177 183 Thornton 58 24 Worth 2366 2918 TOTAL 7541 9094
Will County VotesTOWNSHIP Rush Peloquin Frankfort 656 4182 New Lenox 164 1434 TOTAL 820 5616