Dems Planning to Axe Four New GOP Congressmen in Illinois Reapportionment?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Four new Republicans went to Washington as a result of the 2010 midterm elections. Joe Walsh of the 8th District, Bob Dold of the 10th District, Adam Kinzinger of the 11h District, and Bobby Schilling of the 17th were all triumphant over Democrat incumbents. Due to reapportionment, these new congressmen may be threatened with elimination if Illinois Democrats have their way.

As a result of the newest census data, Illinois will be losing one congressman because she has lost a large number of her citizens, moved away because the Democrats have made such a mess of the economy. Yet, Democrats still have the majority in this dismal state. Because of that the Democrats have the power to redraw districts in their own favor.

So, even after destroying this state so badly that it is losing representation in congress, the same party responsible for the destruction is in charge of redrawing districts to reflect the lost congressman. Some fear that the Democrats will rejigger the districts so badly that the four freshman GOP congressmen will be put in positions that will prove unfavorable for their reelection.

According to Illinois Review, former State Senator Mark Rhoads says that Democrat Majority leader Mike Madigan would not go so far as to attempt to eliminate so many Republicans all at once.

Forgive us if we think that former State Senator Mark Rhoads is a bit pollyanish! No small amount of perfidy can be expected from the Democrat Party. They think big, act big, and move like a bull in a china shop.

GOP State Party chief Pat Brady has also chimed in asking Gov. Quinn to keep his party in line.

But what are we to do if the Democrats decide to be Democrats… and that is not to be American… and try to steal away the hard won districts of four new GOP congressmen? How would the Illinois GOP address the slight? To whom would they go for redress?

As the Review says:

Indeed, and what could be done? Appeal to a federal commission — under the Obama Administration — or take to the Illinois Attorney General — where Mike Madigan’s daughter Lisa is enshrined — or maybe the Illinois Supreme Court — where the majority is beholden to Speaker Madigan and the Democrats?

In other words, the Illinois GOP is powerless… AGAIN.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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