Who wants to see the remap maps?
Lawmakers took testimony in both Elgin and Aurora Monday over heated, once-a-decade political boundaries.
It’s a big deal for the suburbs, where massive population shifts will mean you might have a different-than-usual set of politicians to vote for in 2012.
At the Elgin hearing, a top Democrat maybe gave a little hint about how the rest of the re-mapping procedure might go. From Tara García Mathewson's story today:
After the hearing, (Rep. Barbara Flynn) Currie said the redistricting often comes down to the wire, leaving little time for an early release. But she said if it is feasible to present the maps early, the committee will do so.
Reformers have asked for the hearings, saying that the public should have input into the process. It’s an important one for top politicians, because how districts for Congress and the General Assembly are drawn could help one party or the other win elections for the next 10 years.
But, reformers want those hearings to take place AFTER proposed maps have been released, so people can comment on them.
Time is running short. Democrats are going to want to have the maps drawn by the end of May. And May’s a busy month for lawmakers. So, as Currie pointed out in Elgin, the chances of there being hearings after maps are revealed might be slimming.
(Photo from the Elgin hearing by the DH’s Patrick Kunzer.)