Voting rights group working to change Illinois' political map
Court battles regarding the new political maps are continuing in 11 states, including Illinois. Jay Young is Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois. He says the new state map signed into law this summer only benefits some.
"I think it's pretty clear, what we saw get passed, at the end of August: incumbency protection, was really what was driving, at least the drafting of the state plans."
Young has been following the progress of two current lawsuits, and he believes more inclusive maps can be made.
"Alternate districts are possible, again, if you're particularly focused on community of interest protection and not incumbency protection."
Young says new political maps should not continue to be made in the dark, behind closed doors, but should involve all residents.
He stresses community voting groups should be active every year, and not just on years around a national census.