Political Scientist Kent Redfield says the new legislative map is doing just what Democrats intended. Redfield, from the U of I at Springfield, says that opens the door for Democrats to pick up a few more seats in both chambers. He says the maps aren't drawn to maximize competition, instead they're drawn to make districts safe.
In fact, after last night's primary election, more than half of the general assembly can already claim a full victory. Many are going uncontested in November's general election.