Illinois Democrats, Republicans, clash over second Hispanic Congressional District

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Illinois congressional Republicans are heading to federal court to protest the ultra partisan congressional remap drawn by Illinois Democrats. One of the GOP arguments is that the map shortchanges Hispanics by not carving out a second congressional district with lines drawn to elect a Hispanic. While such a district would likely yield a Democrat, Republicans are making the argument in order to force a judge to redraw all the district lines–gambling that a new court drawn map would punish Republicans less. Chicago Sun-Times political writer Abdon M. Pallasch, in an interview with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) writes that the Illinois Hispanic establishment leaders and Gutierrez–decided not to push for a second Hispanic district. Without Hispanics complaining, will the GOP get traction with their strategy?

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