ICYMI: Davis, State Lawmakers Call on Governor Pritzker to Keep His Word, Veto Lawmaker-Drawn Redistricting Maps
This week, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and state lawmakers held a two-day, four-stop tour where they visited communities across central Illinois that have been carved up by Illinois Democrats to protect and maximize their own political power. Davis and the state lawmakers also called on Governor J.B. Pritzker to keep his word and veto any redistricting plan that was drawn by lawmakers. You can find more information about Gov. Pritzker’s veto pledge here.
Joining Rep. Davis were State Representatives Avery Bourne, Dan Brady, Tim Butler, Dan Caulkins, Brad Halbrook, Mike Marron, and Mike Murphy and State Senators Jason Barickman, Steve McClure, Chapin Rose, and Sally Turner. The two-day, four-stop tour took Rep. Davis and state lawmakers to gerrymandered neighborhoods in Savoy, Normal, Decatur, and Springfield. You can find links to each event above.
From some of the media coverage of the tour:
State Journal-Register: U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis puts pressure on Gov. JB Pritzker to veto legislative maps
Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, was in Springfield Thursday to argue the proposed General Assembly maps Democrats passed last Friday divide up communities like Springfield.
"(Gov. JB Pritzker) has a choice," Davis said. "He can veto the maps that were put in front of him like he pledged to do, or he's going to accept them. That's his choice to either keep his promise or break his promise."
… Davis has held four press conferences this week in communities in his 13th Congressional District that would be divided between state lawmakers under the new maps.
Republicans have ramped up their push over the last week since the General Assembly passed the map proposal late Friday night, asking Pritzker to veto the map. When running for office, Pritzker said he would veto any map drawn to protect partisan advantages.
… Davis said he also supports change at the federal level and thinks maps for congressional districts should be drawn through an independent process as well.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Pantagraph: Illinois Republicans call on Pritzker to veto legislative map
News-Gazette: Area GOP legislators blast redistricting process