Central Illinois Republican leaders urge Gov. Pritzker to veto legislative maps

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NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Central Illinois Republican leaders spoke in the Twin-Cities Wednesday afternoon, urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to keep a promise he made in 2018.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), and State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal) came together outside of Davis and Brady’s Uptown Normal office. They asked Gov. Pritzker to veto redistricting legislation that was introduced and voted on by Democrats last Friday.

“They proposed partisan maps at 7:30 p.m. two Fridays ago, and then changed their proposals again last week, only allowing less than 24 hours of public viewing before their proposal was called for a vote,” said Davis.

Sen. Barickman said the move is not reflecting what constituents want. He called it a Democratic agenda.

“The sole purpose of these gerrymandered maps is to maintain one-party control and the iron tight grip that democrats have on our state,” said Barickman.

Brady is now calling out partisan lawmakers redistricting in their favor, saying it is not a fair process.

“Politicians shouldn’t be picking their constituents, constituents should be picking their politicians, their representatives, their senators, under a fair map process. That’s not what’s happened here,” said Brady.

Davis voiced his support for an independent commission to be in charge of redistricting. He encouraged constituents to call Pritzker’s office to voice their opinions about the redistricting process as well.

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