First GOP remap lawsuit denied

First GOP remap lawsuit denied

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 13:00

We told you in May about the GOP lawsuit challenging the redistricting process. It was filed originally by St. Charles-based attorney Kenneth Johnson.

Well, the Illinois Supreme Court has declined to take the case.

It may not have made a big difference to this year's map, anyway. The Republican Party was specifically challenging a tie-breaking provision needed when the two parties are at a loggerheads over drawing new political boundaries.

This year, Democrats controlled everything, so there was no need for a tiebreaker.

So a lawsuit might still be coming, but this one will be to challenge the maps themselves.

Illinois GOP spokesman John Blessing did tell us, though, that a lawsuit challenging the maps "more than likely" would come from a third-party group, not necessarily straight from the Republican Party.

"There are a lot of entities, including us, that are reviewing those maps," Blessing said.

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