Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) issued the following statement after the Illinois House of Representatives voted along party lines Friday evening to approve House Bill 2777 creating new legislative district maps for the next 10 years:
“Mike Madigan may be gone, but the Madigan brand of politics is alive and well in Springfield under those he tutored to inherit his power. Every 10 years, new legislative maps are drawn based on official U.S. Census data to ensure each district is equal in population. My biggest concern is that this map was drawn using inaccurate and incomplete data, as we are still a couple of months away from receiving U.S. Census data from the federal government. Instead of waiting to do the job right, the majority party rushed this map through to increase the likelihood they keep power for the next decade by creating new districts favored to elect a Democrat and by combining two or more Republican legislators into the same district. Illinois families deserve better than this broken process that rewards politicians at the expense of the people they are meant to serve.”
Representative Wheeler serves the 50th District which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.