A long time ago I promised to draw this map, and here it is.
This is a map finding the limits.
To draw a map with all the districts safe for the Democratic Party.
To draw a map respecting the VRA requirements.
To draw a map with every district assigned to the most prominent Democrats (most of them incumbents) assuming that L Madigan will be the following governor. This was the goal list:
IL-01 for B Rush
IL-02 for R Kelly
IL-03 for D Lipinski
IL-04 for L Gutierrez
IL-05 for M Quigley
IL-06 for **P Quinn (now Republican incumbent)
IL-07 for D Davis
IL-08 for T Duckworth
IL-09 for J Schakowsky
IL-10 for B Schneider
IL-11 for W Foster
IL-12 for W Enyart
IL-13 for **W Daley (now Republican incumbent)
IL-14 for **A Goldsbee (now Republican incumbent)
IL-15 for **R Emanuel (now Republican incumbent)
IL-16 for **TL Bruce (now Republican incumbent)
IL-17 for C Bustos
IL-18 for **M Bean (now Republican incumbent)
And all this doing it as nice as is possible.
Well, the work is done. The districts are at least 57.6% (58%) Obama 2008. This means a PVI of D+5. I highly doubt that a map with 57.7% districts can be done.
Go forward and enjoy the maps, without forgetting that there are maps finding the limits. A 18-0 map for Illinois is possible. It is done.
Also you will find links to diaries about other states (NY, CA and MD) following the same concept. You will see how there can be a real Democratic Gerrymander.
All the districts:
Detail of the area of Chicago:
EVERY DISTRICT DATA AND IMAGES
IL-01 B Rush (D)
IL-02 R Kelly (D)
IL-03 D Lipinski (D)
IL-04 L Gutierrez (D)
IL-05 M Quigley (D)
IL-06 **P Quinn (D) (now Republican incumbent)
IL-07 D Davis (D)
IL-08 T Duckworth (D)
IL-09 J Schakowsky (D)
IL-10 B Schneider (D)
IL-11 W Foster (D)
IL-12 W Enyart (D)
IL-13 **W Daley (D) (now Republican incumbent)
IL-14 **A Goldsbee (D) (now Republican incumbent)
IL-15 **R Emanuel (D) (now Republican incumbent)
IL-16 **T L Bruce (D) (now Republican incumbent)
IL-17 C Bustos (D)
IL-18 **M Bean (D) (now Republican incumbent)
THE PATH TO A COMFORTABLE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE US HOUSE IN ONLY THREE STEPS ;)
There are 27 US House seats less for them in only three steps. The Republicans can give thanks to the Democratic Party.
4.- Maryland 8-0 map