Illinois Republicans, Latino Civil Rights Group File Lawsuits Challenging New Legislative Maps

Illinois Republicans, Latino Civil Rights Group File Lawsuits Challenging New Legislative Maps

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Republican leaders have filed a federal lawsuit challenging new legislative district boundaries drawn and approved by Democrats who control state government.

They said residents were “robbed” of a fair and transparent process of creating maps that will be used for elections over the next decade.

Additionally, a Latino civil rights organization said in a new federal lawsuit that Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing top Democrats and state election officials on behalf of five Latino residents of Illinois. They want to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade.

The lawsuit said the new maps could result in Latinos and other minority groups not being accurately represented in the Illinois General Assembly.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the new boundaries into law last week, saying they protect voting rights of diverse communities, help ensure minority representation, and align with the federal and state Voting Rights Acts.

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