Quinn Signs Off on District Lines, Giving Tinley New Representation

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Friday a map outlining new Congressional lines. See what this means for you.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Friday a map outlining new Congressional district lines that will overhaul representation for .

Under the updated boundaries, Tinley will no longer be fall under the jurisdiction of Rep. Judy Biggert (R-13th) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). Effective in November 2010, the majority of the village will be in the hands of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st), with parts under Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (R-2nd) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski, (D-3rd).

"There really are two issues here," Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said Friday afternoon. "No. 1, we've had Bobby Rush as our representative in the southeast portion of our village for several years … He has been very responsive for us so with him covering the rest of our village, I feel very comfortable. The second issue is, this is a very political map. It basically makes our district a spoke coming out of the city."

The 1st district reaches all the way through Bronzeville, nearing the area of South Lake Shore Drive and Interstate 55, according to the new map.

It encompasses Beverly View, Washington Park, Woodlawn, Calumet Park, Evergreen Park, Blue Island and Oak Forest, among others.

"(Rush) will be representing some folks at either end of the spectrum, income wise, which is going to be a challenge for him," Zabrocki said. "I'm not saying he can't do it, just that it will be difficult. … It is one grand political map. There's no way you can hide that."

Despite heavy scrutiny from Republicans —they're expected to challenge the new lines in federal court—the Chicago Tribune reports that Quinn stands by his decision. He did not hold a public press conference regarding the bill signing.

“I have carefully reviewed the congressional redistricting map. This map is fair, maintains competitiveness within congressional districts, and protects the voting rights of minority communities," Quinn said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Republican U.S. legislators from Illinois districts issued a joint statement Friday, pledging to challenge the decision in court, and lambasted Quinn for signing a “flawed map” into law.

“We are disappointed that Gov. Quinn chose to sign into law this flawed map, thereby proving that his actions do not match his rhetoric," said a statement sent from Biggert's office Friday. "Despite his expressed desire for 'openness and fairness,' (Quinn) instead rewarded his democrat allies by approving this highly partisan map that tears apart communities and disrespects the will of Illinois voters as expressed in last fall’s election."

Republicans do not believe the map will stand, they said.

Tamarack June 24, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Hallelujah! I am thrilled that I won't have to call Judy Biggert my rep any more. She doesn't represent my views in any way, shape or form. She has no interest in Tinley, and now she can focus on her Hinsdale/Naperville/DuPage county constituents. It's about time.
Russ June 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM
surprising that republicans are calling foul. it would be interesting to see how "fair" they would be if they had a republican governor.
chuck augustyniak June 26, 2011 at 11:25 AM
these districts are suppose to be compact & contiguous?Look up gerrymander.Neighboring states use computer generated models to create districts that are equal in size & avoid dividing communities.One way to change the map is to vote out the incumbents in 2012.
Russ June 27, 2011 at 03:23 AM
yea great idea. you probably haven't heard about Wisconsin or Ohio or new jersey or Indiana or Maine ...


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