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Legislative Remapping Update (1)

Legislative Remapping Update (1)

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Legislative Remapping Update
Prepared by Valerie F. Leonard, Co-Founder, Lawndale Alliancevaleriefleonard@msn.com
I just wanted to take the time to provide an update on the State's Legislative Redistricting process.
Legislative Hearings
May 28th, 2011
The State of Illinois has had 2 of its 5 scheduled public hearings to get public input into the drawing of legislativeboundaries. The first hearing was held in Chicago on March 28th. The redistricting hearing went very well. There wasan overflow crowd with standing room only, and North Lawndale was well represented. I thank each of you for comingout, and encourage you to share your thoughts during upcoming forums.There were a significant number of people from the Asian community testifying. They are very concerned thatChinatown has been separated into 4 state legislative districts and 5 aldermanic wards, so their power is diluted. Theyare asking lawmakers to keep their community intact when new legislative boundaries are drawn. This would enablethem to have a single state representative and a single state senator to respond to their needs, as opposed to goingto 4 legislators.There were people from Little Village and Pilsen who requested that the Latino community be combined into a singlelegislative district with a legislator from the local community. Right now, their community has 3 legislators, none of which live in their community. African Americans provided testimony regarding the desire not to dilute our voting strength by putting adisproportionately high number of blacks in a district to keep them from impacting other districts. We also indicated adesire to count prisoners with the district from where they originate and not in the prisons Census tracts. Here is a linkto my testimony. http://www.scribd.com/doc/51814249/Public-Testimony-to-the-Illinois-Senate-Redistricting-Committee You may click ontohttp://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/Redistricting%20Reports.asp?HearingDate=04062011toaccess copies of public testimony that was provided by all organizations.
April 6, 2011
The second hearing was held in Springfield on April 6. I was unable to attend, but I thank Wallace "Mickey" Johnson,Sondra Spellman and Shavonda Fields for providing public testimony. Outlined below is a summary of the outcomeof the hearing that was found on the Illinois Senate Democrats' website.This week the Senate Redistricting Committee held its first downstate hearing in Springfield at the Capitol. ChairmanKwame Raoul and committee members heard testimony from representatives of a variety of groups voicing concernsabout where new legislative district lines will be drawn.This second hearing lasted just under two hours and the committee heard testimony from Chicago minoritycommunities and downstate counties concerned about keeping their communities intact. Southern Illinois residentssaid some counties are represented by so many lawmakers in Springfield and Washington that people are confusedand election officials have difficulty producing accurate ballots.Minority community representatives also asked for their populations to be kept intact so that their political voiceretains impact.
Upcoming Senate Hearings
On April 16, the Senate’s Redistricting Committee will be traveling to Peoria and Kankakee to receive input from the public
on what congressional and state legislative maps should look like.The Peoria hearing will take place at 10:00 am at the Peoria Red Cross at 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Avenue. TheKankakee hearing will take place in the Iroquois Room (D152) at Kankakee Community College at noon.Citizens seeking to testify should send an email toredistricting@senatedem.ilga.govThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a place on theagenda. However, individuals not on the agenda will also be given the opportunity to testify. Testimony parameters can befound here. http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Committees/Redistricting/Public%20Input%20Letter.pdf   If you can't make the hearings, you may watch a live stream athttp://www.ilsenateredistricting.com/
Upcoming House Hearings
House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Redistricting Schedule
 The regions and dates of the House redistricting committees are listed below. Start times and hearing locations will beannounced soon.
 Champaign 4/16/11Parkland CollegeTony Knoll Ag Building, Room W1152400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign1:00 p.m.Cicero 4/16/11Cicero Town HallCouncil Chambers4949 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero1:00 p.m.McHenry 4/16/11Marengo Community High School Auditorium110 Franks Rd., Marengo10:00a.m. Aurora 4/18/11Illinois Math and Science Academy Auditorium1500 Sullivan Rd., Aurora1:30 p.m.East St. Louis 4/18/11East St. Louis Township Senior Center Room 36755 State St., East St. Louis4:00 p.m.Elgin 4/18/11Centre of ElginBallroom100 Symphony Way, Elgin4:00 p.m.Rockford 4/19/11 Zeke Giorgi State of Illinois Building 4:00 p.m.
Lower Level200 S. Wyman, RockfordSouth Suburbs 4/19/11South Suburban CollegePreforming Arts Center 15800 S. State St., South Holland4:00 p.m.Waukegan 4/19/11Waukegan City HallCouncil Chambers100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.,Waukegan1:00 p.m.Chicago: South 4/20/11Chicago State UniversityLibrary Auditorium9501 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago4:00 p.m.Rock Island 4/20/11Rock Island City HallCouncil Chambers1528 Third Ave., Rock Island2:00 p.m.Chicago: Downtown 4/21/11Bilandic BuildingC600160 N LaSalle, Chicago10:30a.m.Joliet 4/21/11Joliet City HallCity Council Chambers, 2nd floor 150 W. Jefferson St., Joliet4:00 p.m.Peoria 4/21/11Peoria County CourthouseCounty Board Room324 Main St., Peoria4:00 p.m.Springfield 4/25/11State CapitolRoom 1143:00 p.m.
Citizen Input
The following information is from the House Redistricting CommitteeThe Illinois House Democratic Caucus understands that many citizens have questions, comments, and concerns regardingthe redistricting process. To foster public involvement and to give Illinois residents, communities and groups representingminority concerns opportunities to express their views and offer input on the process as it moves forward, we will beconducting public hearings throughout the state.
Times and dates will be posted on the “Public Hearings” page as they become available.
 Interested citizens may use census and mapmaking resources to draw their own legislative maps in Room 401 of theStratton Office Building, directly west of the State Capitol. The resource room is open to all members of the public Mondaysthrough Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The access area may be reached at (217) 558-3036.

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