GOP filing lawsuit over Ill. congressional map | St. Louis Public Radio

GOP filing lawsuit over Ill. congressional map

Jul 27, 2011

Will be updated.

Prominent Republicans say they're filing a federal lawsuit to block Illinois' new Democrat-drawn congressional map.

They lawsuit they're filing on Wednesday claims the new map "blatantly discriminates against Latino and Republican voters."

Filing the lawsuit is the Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map, which includes such prominent Republicans as former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Also named as plaintiffs are Illinois' five freshman Republicans who voters sent to Washington in the 2010 election.

The lawsuit claims the map aims to erase Republican gains and dilute Latino voters.

Democrats drew the map because they control the Illinois Legislature and the governor's office. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law last month.

The new map gave Illinois 18 instead of 19 congressional districts because of the state's slowing population growth.