The United States Supreme Court won't hear a challenge from Illinois Republicans who want the new legislative map thrown out. The high court Monday refused to hear the appeal from Republicans who say the maps drawn by Democrats were gerrymandered to benefit the party and were unconstitutional. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says it’s not surprising the high court didn’t take up the case.
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“The map in Illinois is gerrymandered and it is heavily partisan,” Kirk said. “It’s not a surprise legally that the Supreme Court didn’t take the Illinois legislative map because they view that as a question for the states on a political matter, but nonetheless that doesn’t mean that the map is not wholeheartedly drawn to favor Democrats and in my estimation unconstitutional.”
State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) agrees and says it’s unfortunate for the voters. “I guess legally it puts the issue to rest,” Murphy said. “That’s not unusual that the Supreme Court wouldn’t taka a case like that but I don’t think it changes the underlying fact that that whole process and the outcome of it was pretty disrespectful to voters by the majority Democrats.” Political boundaries are redrawn every 10 years based on Census data to reflect changes in and relocation of population.