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  •  Are the Little Egypt legislators more likely to be (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, MichaelNY

    accessible? Forby, Phelps, John Bradley, Jerry Costello II? They seem like they need to be in order to keep getting elected as Democrats in this increasingly Republican area. My aunt lives in Pope County. Very conservative area.

    Another question for you. Why is there a Republican,      Michael P. McAuliffe, from Chicago? House district 20. How does he get elected?

    Farm boy, 20, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.00, -3.13, Coya shouldn't have been sent home.

    by WisJohn on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:29:56 AM PST

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    •  I'll try to answer your two questions (4+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, JGibson, GloFish, MichaelNY

      The Democratic legislators from Little Egypt are quite conservative and have built up long constituent service records, and, in the cases of Costello II and Phelps, have had older relatives (in Costello II's case, his dad, and in Phelps's case, his uncle) get elected to Congress from that region of Illinois in the past. They'd have to be more accessible than your typical Democratic politician (and have conservative voting records as well) to get elected continuously as Democrats.

      Also, in regards to IL-HD-20 having a Republican state representative despite including part of Chicago, here's a map of it (it's the western part of IL-SD-10). That district appears to extend from what few precincts of Chicago have been known to vote Republican on a regular basis all the way to what appears to be the east side of Des Plaines. It was probably drawn as a "City of Chicago Republican Vote-Sink" as a result of the Madiganmander.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:44:09 AM PST

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