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High Court Throws Out Republican Redistricting Complaint

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from Republicans who claimed a Democratic-drawn
legislative map was unconstitutional.

The decision on Thursday was 4-3 and split along party lines. The justices did not give a written explanation. House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno filed a complaint in February claiming that the maps drawn by Democrats were gerrymandered to benefit the party and violated the state constitution.

Cross and Radogno issued a joint statement Thursday. They say the decision is unfortunate and is evidence of the need for redistricting reform in the state. Political boundaries are redrawn every 10 years based on U.S. Census data.

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