Minorities in Chicago are talking tough and placing pressure on the process in the statehouse. New America Media, a self identified African American news sources writes today:
“Legislators say they don’t think that they can draw three black congressional districts, but I’ve drawn them, and I’m going to show them,” she said. “Under the Voting Rights Act, if you can prove that it can be done, it has to be. And considering the financial positions of states these days, the threat of suing them is very effective.”
You can read the full article, “Redistricting 2011: Power Shift in Chicago?” here.
Between MALDEF, African Americans for Legislative Redistricting and outspoken minorities in Chinatown, the Democratic leaders are losing flexibility as the go about drawing a better Democratic map for the next decade.