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Illinois Newsroom: New Congressional Maps Unveiled Ahead of Fall Veto Session

Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, said in an interview that there was a general feeling of frustration among many advocacy groups that took part in the legislative redistricting process that has carried over into congressional redistricting.

The Center Square: Nonpartisan Group Calls for the End of Gerrymandering

“What we initially heard was that the General Assembly really wanted to hear from the community,” Young said. “Unfortunately, we found that they heard but didn’t listen.”

Washington Times Herald: Common Cause Criticizes Redistricting Process in Indiana, Illinois

"They used a different data set, despite the fact that... we were telling them that districts that were drawn with that data would be malapportioned," Young said.

The Mendota Reporter: Democrats pass new legislative maps after a contentious debate

Common Cause Illinois, a political reform advocacy group, issued a statement Monday afternoon saying it would boycott the hearing out of protest for the way in which lawmakers were conducting the redistricting process.

The Fulcrum: Illinois Democrats slammed for rushing a partisan redistricting plan

Other organizations that called for greater accountability and transparency in the redistricting process included the Latino Policy Forum, Common Cause Illinois, Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.

WTTW: Illinois Democrats Advance New Legislative Districts With Little Public Review

“Since the beginning, we’ve pleaded with lawmakers to keep the redistricting process open, transparent and accessible to no avail,” Young said in a statement. “At each opportunity in this redistricting process, it’s as if lawmakers went out of their way to ensure the creation of these maps had as little public input as possible. Rejecting an independent bipartisan redistricting commission, politicians chose to draw maps themselves. They did so behind closed doors, with a series of hearings attempting to add a veneer of public access.”

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