Thursday, April 21, 2011

State Representative Jack McGuire hosting hearing of Illinois House's redistricting committee at Joliet City Hall today

Illinois State Representative has released the following press release regarding the hearing he will hold in 
downtown Joliet today regarding redrawing state legislative boundaries:
"SPRINGFIELD, IL – Seeking public input on the decennial process of redrawing congressional and state legislative boundaries, state Rep. Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, will host a hearing of the Illinois House’s redistricting committee at the Joliet City Hall on Thursday, April 21.

“These hearings are a critical step in the redistricting process,” McGuire said. “We must draw a map that fairly 
and accurately reflects the population changes our region has undergone over the past 10 years. The boundary changes will have an impact on how our area is represented in the General Assembly 
and Congress, so it’s important we hear directly from local residents as the process moves forward.”

McGuire and members of the House redistricting committee are inviting civic groups, community 
organizations, elected officials, minority groups, organizations serving seniors and the disabled, and many others to attend the hearing to offer their suggestions on how legislative boundaries should be 
drawn as lawmakers prepare to draft new maps this year. Once the new lines take effect following the 2012 
elections, they will remain for the next 10 years.

The hearing at the Joliet City Hall is one in a series of 15 being held across the state in compliance with the 
Redistricting Transparency and Public Participation Act to help legislators in redrawing the boundaries of Illinois’ 
legislative and congressional districts.
The hearing will begin at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers 
located at 150 W. Jefferson St in Joliet.

For more information on the hearing, to RSVP your attendance or to join the list of those who wish to give testimony, please contact 217-782-4040.

Those seeking information on the House redistricting process and schedule, or updated population data can log onto the Legislature’s new redistricting website at"