redistricting

Illinois Redistricting
2:27 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Ill. Republicans propose redistricting map

The Illinois Republican's version of changes in the state's legislative districts. Shown is the St. Louis surrounding area. You can explore the full map via a link in the story below.
(Screen capture via Illinois House Republicans website)

Updated at 3:52 - Replaced story from the Associated Press with story from Illinois Public Radio.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon was used in this report.

Republicans at the Illinois statehouse Thursday countered new legislative boundaries drawn by the ruling Democrats. The GOP touts its map as far superior, but at this point it may be moot.

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Missouri Redistricting
7:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

St. Louis area senators raise concerns about redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.

The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.

The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.

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Illinois Redistricting
1:49 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

House committee OKs new Ill. legislative districts

A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below). This map passed through a Ill. House committee today.
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Earth)

An Illinois House committee has approved new legislative districts despite opposition from a leading Latino advocacy group. The districts drawn by Democrats advanced on a party-line vote.

You can see the full map, and interact with it, here.

It's not clear when the full House might vote.

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Illinois Redistricting
4:29 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Democrats unveil plan for Ill. House districts

A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below).
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Earth)

Democrats have released their proposal for new Illinois House districts that would make political life harder for Republicans.

The map was made public Friday afternoon. Democrats plan a hearing on Sunday where more detail may be available and critics can air their concerns.

The proposal throws some Republicans into the same districts.

Others would lose territory that could be used to help elect Democrats.

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Illinois Redistricting
11:20 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Illinoisans get first look at new state Senate map

A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois Senate via Google Earth. (See a link to the full map in the story below).
(Illinois Senate via Google Earth)

Updated at 1:28 p.m. with Republican reaction via the Associated Press:

Some Republican Illinois senators are satisfied with a newly proposed remap of their legislative
districts.

Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says his new district would grow by about 7,000 people and pick up parts of Cook County in a proposed Senate redistricting map released Thursday.

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Russ Carnahan / Election 2012
4:47 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Carnahan still unsure which political office he'll pursue next

Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis speaking to reporters today at a "Made in America" forum in St. Louis. Carnahan said he's still undecided about his Election 2012 plans.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan says he still has not decided what political office he’ll pursue next year.

The St. Louis Democrat’s 3rd Congressional District will be eliminated based on redistricting maps approved by Missouri lawmakers. Today Carnahan was asked by reporters if 2nd District congressman Todd Akin’s announcement this week that he’ll run for the Senate makes his decision easier.

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MO Statehouse
4:36 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Political aspirations fueled redistricting animosity, says UMSL professor

(l-r) State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and State Rep. John Diehl (R, Town and Country) during a redistricting meeting last month. None of the House or Senate redistricting committee members have so far announced any plans to run for Congress.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

One political expert is blaming some of the animosity between Missouri’s Republican legislative leaders during the just-ended 2011 session on political aspirations.

The battle over which redistricting map would be adopted got downright ugly at times between House and Senate negotiators.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
4:02 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Mo. Senate overrides Nixon's veto, redistricting map becomes law

The "grand compromise map," which officially became law this afternoon after both the Mo. House and Senate voted to override Gov. Nixon's veto.
Missouri Senate

The redistricting map passed by the Missouri General Assembly is now law.

This afternoon, the Missouri Senate voted 28 to 6 to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto, meeting the two-thirds majority needed.

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Missouri Redistricting
11:01 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Mo. House overrides governor's redistricting veto

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto on a proposal to redraw the state's congressional districts.

The House overrode the veto today by a vote of 109-44.

Overriding the veto required a two-thirds majority.

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Missouri Redistricting
5:22 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Nixon focused on natural disasters, holds comment on redistricting map

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is not commenting yet on whether he intends to sign or veto the congressional redistricting map passed this week by the Republican-led Missouri House and Senate.

When asked by reporters in St. Louis, Nixon replied that he’s been too busy dealing with natural disasters to spend any time on the map that reduces Missouri’s congressional districts from nine down to eight.

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