Statement from State Rep. Terra Costa Howard on Illinois Redistricting
LOMBARD – A fair electoral map must reflect community interests and protect the rights of voters, especially voters who live in communities of color. I joined the majority in voting to approve the Illinois legislative remaps because the new maps appropriately reflect the communities I serve and assure that the voices of Illinois’ minority communities will be heard in the General Assembly, as required under the Illinois Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Although I sincerely believe this map is fundamentally fair, I remain disappointed by the redistricting process. As the chief House sponsor of the Fair Maps Amendment, I had hoped to work toward a comprehensive reform of Illinois’ redistricting rules and procedures. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for us to complete this important work within the statutory deadline.
When I filed the Fair Maps Amendment, back in February 2020, I called for a new statewide conversation about the meaning of fairness and the importance of truly representative government. I hope that this conversation will continue and that we will ultimately position Illinois as a leader in the ongoing national movement for redistricting reform.
As we move forward, I hope that future advocates for fair maps will work closely and diligently with legislators on both sides of the aisle to develop a process that will bring additional transparency and voter participation to this crucial task.