Woodstock, IL – Gary Rabine, a candidate for Governor, is calling on Gov. Pritzker to keep his word to Illinois voters when he promised he would not sign a partisan map.
During his campaign for Governor in 2018, Pritzker promised to veto maps “in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies.”
“The issue of redistricting is always a major topic in the gubernatorial race for the census, and it certainly was an issue in 2018,” Rabine said. “Pritzker’s commitment was not a throw-away line at an event. It was intentional and purposeful. Pritzker made the commitment to a non-partisan map because he wanted voters to believe that he was not another Chicago machine Democrat. Is he the reformer he wanted voters to believe he was, or is he just more of the same? So far, it appears he made the promise to a fair redistricting process just to get elected. His failure to keep his word on redistricting is just another example of Pritzker’s failed leadership and empty promises.”
While the Democrats promised a more transparent redistricting process, Rabine said so far it has been nothing but politics as usual.
“The Democrats have held hearings all across the state to get feedback on redistricting, but while this was happening, the map was being drawn in secret behind a locked door,” Rabine said. “They spend nearly $24,000 on a locksmith to secure the door to the remap room, which is kind of the opposite of being open and transparent.”
Rabine said the Governor should force the Legislature to utilize a non-partisan commission instead of accepting the partisan map currently being debated in Springfield.
“The Governor campaigned on his support of an independent commission drawing the legislative boundaries, and he has the power to ensure this is done the right way,” Rabine said. “There are no excuses for him here. He made a promise to voters. He should keep his word.”
For Immediate Release
May 26, 2021
Contact: Travis Akin