The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox: Important Questions about Redistricting in Illinois

September 1, 2014

This is the final installment of a 4-part series on Illinois' fiscal crisis and the tools needed to fix the economic situation.

Brought to you by University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with the University of Illinois Institute of Government & Public Affairs.

The year after every decennial census, the Supreme Court requires every state to rearrange its congressional and state legislative boundaries so that each district in a given legislative chamber is equal in population. That is, the states must redistrict their legislatures. But this is no simple exercise in head counting and geography. Since the boundaries of their districts can mean political life or death for hundreds of officeholders and candidates around the state, redistricting is perhaps the most politically intense process of the decade. The process results in a completely new political map. It also results in voter confusion.