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State Week: Democrats unveil new congressional map

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Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

After months of speculation, Democrats Friday offered the first glimpse at proposed congressional district boundaries, which could determine political power for the next decade. Early indications are the maps could expand Democrats' edge in the state's congressional delegation by an additional seat. Republicans call the boundaries "shameful, partisan gerrymandering." The map could be approved in the fall session during the next two weeks.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel and Mike Miletich, the Capitol Bureau Chief for Gray TV.

Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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