Our view: Not much faith in fiscal solutions
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and other state Democratic leaders got what they wanted when they redrew legislative districts to their benefit after the 2010 Census.
If Tuesday’s election results hold, Democrats will have veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. That’s because they won 40 total seats in the Senate, five more than they’ve held since the last election, and 71 seats in the House.
Much of the party’s gains specifically can be credited to the new maps that were redrawn to protect incumbent Democrats’ seats and give the party an advantage in other districts. The new districts were so gerrymandered that more than half of both chambers’ seats were uncontested on Tuesday’s ballot. That’s democracy at its worst.
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