Why should blue-state Democrats roll over and allow red-state Republicans to steal elections?

Until there’s a national law that requires fairly drawn legislative districts, blue states like Illinois must provide a counterbalance to Republican efforts in other states to thwart the will of the American majority.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week said he now trusts his fellow Democratic lawmakers to fairly redraw legislative district lines in Illinois.

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There’s going to be a lot of ink about the redrawing of voting district lines in Illinois, so please keep a larger issue at the forefront of your thinking. As a nation, we increasingly are ruled by a minority of Republican voters. They are the people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and continue to make excuses for those criminals. They are the people who hold fast to the Big Lie about election fraud, in deference to the Big Liar, and seem to still lead their political party.

Until there is a national law that requires fairly drawn legislative districts and voter representation, blue states like Illinois must provide a counterbalance to the Republican efforts in other states to thwart the voting will of the majority of Americans. This majority voted Democratic in seven of the last eight presidential elections, yet their vote was thwarted twice by a minority.

John Powers, Rolling Meadows

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It is better to be safe than sorry. Get the vaccine today. Or we will never be free from this disease. We’d all like to live again in a safe world, without masks or disease, with our loved ones. When we get the vaccine, we protect not only ourselves but also others.

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