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Republicans sue over Illinois congressional districts

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law in March aimed at making the political map drawing more transparent. (Zbigniew Bzdak/ Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law in March aimed at making the political map drawing more transparent. (Zbigniew Bzdak/ Chicago Tribune)

Republican congressmen and a GOP-backed group filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the redrawing of the state’s congressional boundaries by Democrats in Springfield, alleging the new map “blatantly discriminates against Latino and Republican voters.”

The Republicans contend it was part of a move to protect a southwest side and suburban district held by Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski and a district held by North Side Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley. Quigley’s new district would now go from the lakefront westward into Elmhurst in DuPage County, a traditional GOP bastion, and south to Hinsdale, the current home of GOP Rep. Judy Biggert.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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