State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker breaking his promise not to sign a partisan drawn legislative redistricting map:
“Today, Governor Pritzker showed he is more than happy to break his promise to the people of Illinois for the sake of maintaining partisan political power,” said Murphy. “Despite pledging to veto a partisan, gerrymandered map while a candidate in 2018, reiterating that pledge while in office, and even donating to the previous ballot initiative for an independent redistricting commission, his words meant nothing.
“Dozens of non-partisan advocacy groups testified before the House and Senate Redistricting Committees against using American Community Survey (ACS) data for redistricting. The sponsor of the legislation creating this gerrymandered map even admitted it was drawn to favor Democrats, the legislation itself even says it. Regardless of these facts, the Governor still signed this partisan, flawed map into law. Illinois deserved better.”
In 2018, then-candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker was asked this redistricting question by Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller: “This requires only a simple yes or no response: Will you pledge as governor to veto any state legislative redistricting map proposal that is in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies? The exception, of course, would be the final official draft by LRB.”
Pritzker’s response was: “Yes, I will pledge to veto. We should amend the constitution to create an independent commission to draw legislative maps, but in the meantime, I would urge Democrats and Republicans to agree to an independent commission to handle creating a new legislative map. That designated body should reflect the gender, racial, and geographic diversity of the state and look to preserve the Voting Rights Act decisions to ensure racial and language minorities are fully represented in the electoral process.”
In his 2018 gubernatorial candidate questionnaire in the Northwest Herald, then-candidate Pritzker stated, “…and I support ending the gerrymandering of districts to encourage more competitive elections.”
The Governor again reiterated this position after his 2020 State of the State Address by promising to “veto any unfair map that gets presented to me.”