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  •  So far as I can tell (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    the IL Constitution does not speak to Congressional redistricting at all. That's bad news for the Republicans.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Tue May 31, 2011 at 03:47:02 PM PDT

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    •  I hope you are correct... (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      but I have a nagging doubt so I am 20% unsure.  I think, also, that that might be why the map has neater lines than the last one.  And, also, why there are a few less optimal things done with this map than could have been achieved, like putting Dekalb into a Democratic seat, or swinging the 13th north to get Peoria instead of placing Peoria into the 17th.  

    •  Even if it did... (2+ / 0-)
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      andgarden, MichaelNY

      the IL supreme court is partisan and is 4-3 Dem.  Just sayin'...

      •  Indeed (3+ / 0-)

        Interestingly, they're elected from districts too. . .

        Ok, so I read the polls.

        by andgarden on Tue May 31, 2011 at 08:10:53 PM PDT

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        •  What?! (3+ / 0-)

          But, indeed.  The district map can be seen here:
          http://judgepedia.org/...

          Each justice represents one of the five Supreme Court judicial districts in Illinois; the First District which consists of Cook County and Chicago, elects three of the justices; the remaining four choose one each.[2] To be reelected, the justice must run in an uncontested, non-partisan retention election, whereby the justice must win at least 60% of the vote to be retained. After an appointment, the justice must run for a full term at the next general election in a partisan election that is more than 60 days after the appointment.

          ...what?

          25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Tue May 31, 2011 at 09:36:07 PM PDT

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          •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

            I wonder if they'll have to rebalance judicial districts to fit Baker/Wesberry/et al., or if the current districts are ok.

            Retention became sufficiently important in 2010, when 3rd Dist Justice Thomas Kilbride - the 4th Dem - was up for retention and was heavily targeted by various GOP groups. Of course, with Kilbride in now until 2020 (unless he retires), we should hold the Court rather easily.

            He ended up getting about 64% of the vote, but not without an significant assist from Cook County campaign dollars...

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