Governor signs unfair, partisan map after clearly pledging not to do so
After repeatedly pledging to do the opposite, Governor Pritzker today signed House Bill 2777, the gerrymandered, partisan redistricting plan which was passed last week on a party-line vote.
Candidates for governor in 2018 were asked, “Will you pledge as governor to veto any state legislative redistricting map proposal that is in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies?”
Pritzker replied, “Yes, I will pledge to veto. We should amend the constitution to create an independent commission to draw legislative maps, but in the meantime, I would urge Democrats and Republicans to agree to an independent commission to handle creating a new legislative map.”
Today, when presented with that exact scenario, Governor Pritzker went back on his word and signed the map into law.
You might remember a few weeks ago when Mark Maxwell from WCIA-TV in Champaign went in search of the room where the map was created he found it hidden behind a locked door at the end of a long hallway crammed with old furniture.
There was no transparency to this process whatsoever. The people of Illinois were locked out of the room while a select group of politicians met and decided which voters they would represent, rather than the other way around. Dozens of citizens groups from across the political spectrum raised concerns about this map, but they were ignored. The map was rushed through using inaccurate and incomplete American Community Survey data instead of the accurate Census figures.
Today’s action represents (yet again) everything that is wrong with politics in Illinois.