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June 11, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Illinois’ 4th Congressional District

Perhaps the most notable case of gerrymandering in Illinois is in 4th Congressional District in Chicago, currently held by Luis Gutierrez. Shown in the graphic in this article, District 4 (in black) snakes around within Chicago and almost completely encircles District 7, currently held by Danny Davis. The districts were drawn in this manner in order to create a Hispanic majority district (4) and a black majority district (7). While some people feel that in drawing majority-minority districts such as this creates better representation for people in that the minority voters can elect a person that not only represents them along party lines but represents them physically, districts drawn in this manner are likely illegal and they do a disservice to democracy. Examples of other gerrymandered districts found in the United States, most of which are majority-minority districts, can be found in the table within this article.

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