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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Public hearings continue next week as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee gathers information for the once-a-decade adjustment of legislation to meet political boundaries.
Committee chairwoman Lisa Hernandez, a Cicero Democrat, urges taxpayers and political activists to attend the 16 remaining hearings across the state by April 17, with testimony or oral testimony.
After every ten-year census, the General Assembly must adjust the population changes by reconfiguring the dividing lines between the district boundaries for the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 118 house districts nested in 59 Senate districts.
“People across Illinois have insights into their communities that are critical to the restructuring process,” Hernandez said in a statement. “Our committee is excited to hear directly from people (above) emerging populations who need strong voices in Springfield and Washington.”
The hearings will be virtual, with in-person hearings on April 9th in Aurora, Metro East on April 11th and April 12th in Springfield. Virtual hearings are streamed online and witnesses can testify remotely.
To deliver an opinion, attendees must complete a witness extract available on the House website and email it to the committee indicating which hearing they would like to be heard at.