The Illinois Supreme Court today rejected a Republican challenge to have the state’s new Democratic-drawn legislative map tossed as unconstitutional.
The remap challenge was decided on a 4-3 party-line decision.
In February, House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego and Senate GOP leader Christine Radogno of Lemont had filed a complaint alleging the maps authored by the state legislature’s Democratic majority and signed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn violated provisions of the state constitution.
Today, the court’s Democratic majority justices, without a written explanation, rejected a request by the GOP leaders seeking to file a motion to have the map thrown out and to make changes affecting future elections. The State Board of Elections had challenged the GOP leaders request as untimely.
Republican Justice Robert Thomas issued a dissenting opinion, saying Republicans deserved their day in court. Two other Republican justices, Rita Garman and Lloyd Karmeier, joined the dissent.
Cross and Radogno issued a joint statement calling the Supreme Court’s partisan decision “unfortunate” and said the “ruling is further evidence of the need for true redistricting reform in Illinois.”