New legislative boundaries that will strongly influence the direction of the Illinois General Assembly for the next 10 years were rammed through the Senate by Democrat leaders May 27, despite a much fairer option proposed May 26 by Senate Republicans, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Bill 1177 was approved by a strictly partisan roll-call, 35-22. The bill was passed earlier in the day by a 64-52 vote of the House of Representatives and now moves to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.

Senator Bivins says the map passed May 27 does not reflect the concerns of people who testified at public hearings in recent months." />

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