Republicans and Democrats at odds over redistribution cards as vote looms

The Sangamon County Board of Directors is expected to vote on Tuesday to finalize the redrawn districts based on data from the 2020 US Census Bureau.

Prior to the 7:00 p.m. meeting, the Council Election Oversight Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m.

County Republicans and Democrats each came up with separate cards.

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A sticking point raised by Democrats Patricia Hayes of District 28 and Tony DelGiorno of District 22 was the new Republican map that places the two in District 23, which is under Republican control.

A district map drawn in favor of Sangamon County Republicans would group two incumbent Democrats into one district while creating three districts with at least 55% of its population made up of racial minorities and another district with 43% of its population being people. of color, according to County Administrator Brian McFadden.

Hayes said last week that the “gerrymandered” card was a further effort to reduce Democrats’ votes. Republicans outnumber Democrats 22-7 on the board.

Hayes, a lawyer, adopted a more sympathetic tone on Monday, saying that she, Sangamon County Democratic President Bill Houlihan, and Sangamon County Administrator Brian McFadden met last week and the Republicans “seemed open to the amendments. Hopefully they will be favorable to them. I have my fingers crossed.”

Hayes declined to comment on specific changes proposed by Democrats due to ongoing talks.

Sangamon County Democrats have come up with their own version of the new redistribution map.  Sangamon County Democratic President Bill Houlihan said the proposed card

McFadden and Sangamon County board chairman Andy Van Meter said any amendment to the Republican map would be considered, but they intentionally placed Hayes and DelGiorno in the same district to offer a vacant seat can be occupied by a person of color.

County spokesman Jeff Wilhite said any proposed amendment would have to be approved by the entire board with a simple majority vote.

The map offered by Sangamon County is online at The map proposed by the Democrats is also online at The current map is online at

Appointment to District 10 Headquarters

The county administration board will support the appointment of someone to fill the seat of longtime District 10 representative Jason Ratts, who resigned on October 12 after leaving the district with his family.

Ratts, a Republican, had served on the board since December 2010, when he was appointed to succeed Rosemarie Long.

District 10 includes Grandview and parts of the north end of Springfield.

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