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Ill. Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to state legislative remap

Updated: June 8, 2012 9:57AM

Without explanation, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Supreme Court Thursday rejected a GOP challenge to new legislative maps drawn and approved by Democratic majorities in the state Legislature.

The case brought by House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) alleged that more than two dozen legislative districts were gerrymandered in a manner to benefit Democrats.

In March, the court asked the GOP leaders and the State Board of Elections to file briefs on whether the Republican complaint against the maps was timely.

The court’s 4-3 decision against hearing the case broke along party lines with Justice Bob Thomas, a Republican, arguing that no timelines exist in the state Constitution dictating a deadline for deciding redistricting disputes. Thomas was joined in his dissent by Justices Lloyd Karmeier and Rita Garman, both Republicans.

“It is unfortunate the Illinois Supreme Court issued a partisan decision,” Cross and Radogno said in a joint statement. “The majority took the unusual step of providing no grounds for their decision to prevent the people of Illinois from getting their day in court. The ruling is further evidence of the need for true redistricting reform in Illinois.”

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