by Frank Conklin
November 25, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, IL – On Monday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new U.S. House district map that reflects Illinois’ diversity and preserves minority representation in Illinois’ delegation in accordance with the federal Voting Rights Act after reviewing the General Assembly’s congressional maps drawn with 2020 U.S. Census data.
“These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation,” Governor JB Pritzker said.
Due to the state’s declining population, Illinois will have 17 congressional seats after the 2022 elections, one fewer than it does now.
The Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the civil rights movement, prohibits practices and procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in a protected minority group. Building on and strengthening that important law, the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011 ensures that redistricting plans are designed in such a way that clusters of minority voters are preserved if they are large enough or cohesive enough to exercise collective electoral power.
The district boundaries also take into account population changes in the state, particularly in the regions that experienced the greatest population loss according to the 2020 U.S. Census.