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State Supreme Court tosses GOP redistricting challenge

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:55:20 CDT

The state Supreme Court tossed out Illinois Republicans' lawsuit challenging the new map of legislative districts. The order issued today was split down party lines. Illinois Republicans wanted the high court to throw out the map. They say Democrats drew the borders so the district territories would benefit Democratic candidates, in effect diluting the Republican vote. State Democrats charged the lawsuit was too little, too late. The GOP waited until just six weeks before the March primary to file it. The four Illinois Supreme Court justices elected as Democrats, who hold the majority on the bench, voted to dismiss the suit. The three justices elected as Republicans sided with the GOP.
In his dissention, Justice Bob Thomas wrote that Republicans deserve their day in court. He says the suit was timely. And even if not, he wrote, there are no time limits in the constitution. Thomas wrote that if the lawsuit wasn't resolved in time for this fall's election, the maps could be changed before the next one. Republicans still have one last hope - there's one outstanding case left, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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