Although one race is still pending, Illinois Republicans made big
gains last night in the state's contested congressional races. At the
very least, the party took over three seats, held its ground in the
10th Congressional District, and now boasts a firm majority in the
state's DC caucus.Yet one of those members may be out of a job
With the likely election of Gov.
Pat Quinn, the retention of State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride, and
a strong showing for some endangered state lawmakers, Democrats will
have control over every facet of the remapping process in 2012. While the act of redrawing districts may be
convoluted -- we lamented that the state legislature
missed an opportunity to reform it this spring -- it's unquestionably good for progressives that Democrats (as opposed to the GOP) will be able to shape how those lines are constructed for the next decade. After all, Illinois is slated to lose one congressional
seat because of population changes.
Back in August, Swing
State Project tried to estimate
how a new map might look. The growth of the state's Latino
population means Rep. Peter Roskam's 6th District seat could very well be
endangered. Given how much more conservative he is than the people he represents, that would be a good development.