IFB raises concerns about state redistricting

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. made the following statement after the General Assembly released a proposed legislative redistricting map.

“The Illinois Farm Bureau fully realizes the difficult situation our lawmakers were put in with the delay of the U.S. 2020 Census data for redistricting purposes, and therefore having to look for other reliable data. The unfortunate situation that Illinois finds itself in is that it has chosen to rely on American Community Survey (ACS) sampling data from the U.S Census Bureau, which is estimated by some groups to be 41,877 to 140,687 lower than the initial 2020 Census counts.  This puts our legislative maps in a precarious legal situation, undoubtedly leading to time-consuming and costly legal challenges.

"We also want to highlight the fact that these maps were drawn using an archaic, troubling, and partisan process where the legislators on one side of the aisle are drawing the maps affecting the whole state. This process neglects many including our rural communities.

“Illinois Farm Bureau policy, which is set through a grassroots, democratic membership process, calls for redistricting to be conducted through an unbiased process, led by a non-politically affiliated commission. This would ensure districts are drawn in compact, contiguous, following county, township, and municipal boundaries as much as possible and done in a way that is impartial to party or incumbency.

“We call upon the General Assembly to bring more transparency, equity, and balance to the redistricting process by approving a question to be placed before the voters to amend the Illinois State Constitution to reform our redistricting process.”

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.