Senate Takes Public Testimony, Encourages Groups to Submit Ideas on District Lines

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Senate Republican Leadership

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Interested in the ideas the
 general public has about the redrawing Illinois' legislative districts, member
 of the Illinois Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Reappointment encouraged
 groups to utilize the Senate's public map room in Springfield and submit their
 own plans to the Senate.  The subcommittee heard testimony Monday in its
 second public hearing on the statewide redistricting process.
     The public map room is stocked with a high-powered computer, mapping
 software, 2000 census data and a trained staff person to assist mapmakers.
 Interested parties may schedule time in the room to develop their own maps.
     "I encourage groups who have an interest to utilize our public map room or
 team up with groups who have access to mapping software and submit their ideas
 to us," said Senator Walter Dudycz, who presided over Monday's hearing.  "We
 are very interested in seeing how various groups want to see the map lines
 fall."
     The public access room is located in Room 1004 of the Stratton Office
 Building in Springfield.  The 'Map Room' will be available Monday and
 Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from
 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling
 217-782-5441 during those same hours.
     The panel heard testimony Monday from the Chicago Urban League, Asian-
 American Redistricting Committee, Village of Oak Park, Midwest Democracy
 Center, United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago, Mexican American Legal
 Defense and Educational Fund, Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, Alivio Medical
 Center, League of United Latin American Citizens, Interfaith Leadership
 Project, and Latinos United, as well as numerous private citizens with an
 interest in the process.
     If needed, additional hearings may be conducted in the coming weeks.
 The General Assembly has until June 30 to approve a reappointment plan.
 If they do not, an eight-member commission will be appointed no later than
 July 10.  The commission must file a plan by August 10.  If they do not, the
 Supreme Court will select two people no later than September 1.  On September
 5, the Secretary of State will draw out of a hat to decide which member will
 serve as the ninth member of the commission.  Finally, by October 5 a majority
 of the commission (five members) must approve a plan.
     Members of the Senate Subcommittee include Senate President James
 'Pate' Philip (R-Wooddale), and Senators Dudycz (R-Chicago), Frank Watson
 (R-Greenville), Emil Jones (D-Chicago) and Vince Demuzio (D-Carlinville).
 
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SOURCE Senate Republican Leadership
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Interested in the ideas the
 general public has about the redrawing Illinois' legislative districts, member
 of the Illinois Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Reappointment encouraged
 groups to utilize the Senate's public map room in Springfield and submit their
 own plans to the Senate.  The subcommittee heard testimony Monday in its
 second public hearing on the statewide redistricting process.
     The public map room is stocked with a high-powered computer, mapping
 software, 2000 census data and a trained staff person to assist mapmakers.
 Interested parties may schedule time in the room to develop their own maps.
     "I encourage groups who have an interest to utilize our public map room or
 team up with groups who have access to mapping software and submit their ideas
 to us," said Senator Walter Dudycz, who presided over Monday's hearing.  "We
 are very interested in seeing how various groups want to see the map lines
 fall."
     The public access room is located in Room 1004 of the Stratton Office
 Building in Springfield.  The 'Map Room' will be available Monday and
 Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from
 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling
 217-782-5441 during those same hours.
     The panel heard testimony Monday from the Chicago Urban League, Asian-
 American Redistricting Committee, Village of Oak Park, Midwest Democracy
 Center, United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago, Mexican American Legal
 Defense and Educational Fund, Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, Alivio Medical
 Center, League of United Latin American Citizens, Interfaith Leadership
 Project, and Latinos United, as well as numerous private citizens with an
 interest in the process.
     If needed, additional hearings may be conducted in the coming weeks.
 The General Assembly has until June 30 to approve a reappointment plan.
 If they do not, an eight-member commission will be appointed no later than
 July 10.  The commission must file a plan by August 10.  If they do not, the
 Supreme Court will select two people no later than September 1.  On September
 5, the Secretary of State will draw out of a hat to decide which member will
 serve as the ninth member of the commission.  Finally, by October 5 a majority
 of the commission (five members) must approve a plan.
     Members of the Senate Subcommittee include Senate President James
 'Pate' Philip (R-Wooddale), and Senators Dudycz (R-Chicago), Frank Watson
 (R-Greenville), Emil Jones (D-Chicago) and Vince Demuzio (D-Carlinville).
 
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