House Redistricting Committee Urges Public to Share Insight at Regional Hearings

House Redistricting Committee Urges Public to Share Insight at Regional Hearings
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House Redistricting Committee Urges Public to Share Insight at Regional Hearings

House Redistricting Committee Chair Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, is encouraging members of the public and advocates to participate in the process of creating new districts by sharing testimony at the committee’s upcoming regional hearings beginning this week.

“People throughout Illinois have insight into their communities that will be critical to the redistricting process,” Hernandez said. “Our committee is excited to hear directly from people in these communities about neighborhoods with similar interests and needs, and emerging demographics that need strong voices in Springfield and in Washington. Everyone’s insight is valuable and helpful.”

Hernandez is encouraging interested community members and groups to participate in a series of virtual and in-person hearings across the state beginning this week. Interested witnesses should complete a witness slip at ILGA.gov and email RedistrictingCommittee@hds.ilga.gov, indicating which hearings they wish to present testimony at. Instructions on completing a witness slip are available online at ILHouseDems.com/Redistricting.  

Gov. JB Pritzker signs legislation that caps the out-of-pocket cost of prescription insulin for many people in Illinois during a ceremony Jan. 24, 2020, at the Central Counties Health Centers in Springfield. The law is one of only three that go into effect Jan. 1. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock. Courtesy Des Plaines Valley News)

(Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock. Courtesy Des Plaines Valley News)

Additionally, individuals and groups can send written testimony at any time to RedistrictingCommittee@hds.ilga.gov. All written and oral testimony will become part of the committee’s official record.

The committee has announced 23 public hearings regarding communities across the state:

Thursday, April 1                   Noon               Chicago-Bilandic

Friday, April 2                        10 a.m.            DuPage-North

Friday, April 2                        11 a.m.            Peoria

Friday April 2                         2 p.m.              Cook County-West

Saturday, April 3                    11 a.m.             Rock Island

Saturday, April 3                    Noon               Chicago-South

Saturday, April 3                    3 p.m.              Berwyn/Cicero

Monday, April 5                    10 a.m.              Joliet

Monday, April 5                    10 a.m.              Rockford

Monday, April 5                    5:30 p.m.          Elgin

Wednesday, April 7                10 a.m.             Decatur

Wednesday, April 7               2 p.m.              Cook County-Northwest

Wednesday, April 7                2 p.m.              Lake County

Thursday, April 8                   10 a.m.             Cook County-South

Thursday, April 8                   Noon               Champaign-Urbana

Thursday, April 8                   3 p.m.              DuPage-West

Friday, April 9                        10 a.m.            McHenry County

Friday, April 9                        Noon               Illinois River Valley-LaSalle

Friday, April 9                        4 p.m.              Aurora

Sunday, April 11                    2 p.m.              Cook/Chicago-North

Sunday, April 11                    11 a.m.             Metro East

Monday, April 12                  2 p.m.              Springfield-Capitol

Saturday, April 17                  10 a.m.            Carbondale

For more information about the schedule of hearings, visit ILHouseDems.com/Redistricting or ILGA.gov.

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