A divided Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican challenge to new state legislative district maps.
The GOP contended that the Democratic-controlled state House and Senate drew the boundaries to benefit Democratic candidates, in effect diluting the Republican vote. But they filed the challenge just six weeks before the March primary.
Updated 11:49 a.m. May 22, 2012:The Associated Press issued a correction which is reflected here. Illinois' Hispanic population was previously stated as 32.5 percent, when it is, in fact, 15.8 percent.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, House Republican leader Tom Cross and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno contend the map shortchanges blacks and Latinos and dilutes the voting strength of Republicans.