Tuesday, April 12, 2011

State Redistricting Hearings Scheduled

McHenry County legislators and members of the Special House Committee on Redistricting will be in Marengo on Saturday for a meeting on the decennial congressional and state legislative remapping process.

The events at Marengo High School at 10 am hosted by state Rep. Jack D. Franks, Rep. Mike Tryon and Sen. Pam Althoff Civic groups, community organizations, elected officials, minority groups, organizations serving seniors and the disabled, and many others have been invited to offer input and suggestions on how legislative boundaries should be drawn.

A little closer will be a similar event in Elgin next Monday at 4 pm at the Centre of Elgin, hosted by State Rep. Keith Farnham.

Farnhams and Franks are Democrats and Tryon and Althoff are Republicans but they're all pointing people to the same redistricting website. It's an interesting one if you decode the URL: www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting/

In the pic:  Jostling for advantage in redistricting goes back a long way.  The Gerrymander cartoon dates from 1812.

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