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Governor publicly said at least 3 times that redistricting needs to be fair – Brady


Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady called on Governor Pat Quinn to veto the Democratic Congressional redistricting proposal that has passed the Illinois State Senate and House.

“Governor Quinn claims to be an independent reformer,” said Brady. “Now is the time for him to prove that.”

Brady noted that Quinn on several occasions has made at least three public statements condemning Illinois’ redistricting procedures:

“I just think the best way to have redistricting is to set up competitive districts that are not gerrymandered to make sure the people have the best representatives. Too often this is an exercise of protecting incumbents of both parties. I don’t think that’s healthy. I’ve always felt that redistricting has been way too political in our state, by both parties. So if I’m governor I’m going to try and be the person who makes sure we do it right for the people and not for the politicians.” -Gov. Quinn – Chicago Tribune – April 29, 2010

“I believe in competition, so I want competitive districts. I think the process should be open.” – Gov. Quinn – Chicago Tribune – Nov. 6, 2010

“It is important that the remapping and redistricting lines be done in a fair way. And that’s what this law is all about: to make sure there are hearings and all kinds of fairness because how you draw the lines of districts and wards and maps in Illinois makes a great deal of difference to the success of our democracy. I do, as governor, intend to emphasize to the members of the General Assembly that openness and fairness is the order of the day. The procedure of redistricting is always very emotional and controversial. I think it is important that it be done fairly. That’s my only objective – fairness. I think if it is done openly that enhances fairness – so people feel that it’s an honest and fair process.” – Gov. Quinn – WBEZ Radio – March 7, 2011

“I truly hope that Governor Quinn remembers his words and proves that he’s a Governor for all of Illinois – not just the Democratic Party of Illinois,” said Brady.

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