Redistricting Chairs Pleased to Offer Key Tools
CHICAGO – Beginning Tuesday April 19th, members of the public will have access to technology in Chicago where they can draw and submit maps to be used in the Illinois remap process.
At the workstation the public can draw boundaries of Illinois Congressional, Legislative and Representative districts to be considered by the Senate and House Redistricting Committees. Users will have access to a menu of census data including racial demographics along with current boundaries of wards, house districts, senate districts and counties. Interested parties will also have access to a facilitator which can offer technical assistance. The terminal will be located on the 7th Floor of the Bilandic Building in a joint, bi-cameral space dedicated to public redistricting efforts.
Citing the testimony of voters and reformers in previous public hearings, Redistricting Chairs Sen. Kwame Raoul and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie are pleased to offer these tools.
“With the technology available, this move just makes sense. Both the Senate and House
Redistricting Committees have upheld the spirit of inclusion in compliance with the Redistricting Transparency and Public Participation Act. This is just one more tool to ensure those who want to be a part of the process can be,” said Senator Raoul.
“Enactment of the Illinois Voting Rights Act will optimize public involvement. This additional workstation makes all the relevant technology available across the state," said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie. Currie chairs the Special House Committee on Redistricting.
A public station is also available in Springfield. The viewing station is located in Room 401 of the Stratton Office Building, directly west of the State Capitol in Springfield, and is open to the pubic Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Interested parties should contact 217-558-3036 to access each public workstation. As always, parties interested in submitting plans or testimony should contact the Senate Redistricting Committee (
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Tolearn more about hearings of the redistricting committees, members of the public are invited to visit the Senate’s Web site (www.ilsenateredistricting.com) and the House’s redistricting Web site (www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting). Each site includes valuable tools and resources for users as they navigate through the redistricting process. Both sites contains tabs where users can access census data, learn more about members of the committee, access current maps, helpful links and hearing dates.