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.
A screen capture of the redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives approved by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn on June 3, 2011. State Republicans sued to invalidate the map, but the suit has been thrown out.
Credit (Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps)
A screen capture via Google Maps of the new Illinois congressional redistricting map. You can interact with the map via the link in the story below. Prominent Ill. Republicans say they're filing a lawsuit to block the map.
Credit (Illinois Redistricting Committee via Google Maps)
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.