Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lawmakers get a peek at new districts

State Senator Donne Trotter (D-17th District) got a peek at his new map. His district may be in Will County and he knows that he may have to answer to more suburban mayors than he used to:
It's a worrisome topic. Take state Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago). Trotter represents parts of Chicago's Southeast Side and a few suburbs. Due to population losses, his district going forward is likely to stretch into Will County. Knowing that, Trotter has paid closer attention to complaints from mayors statewide.

The state is threatening to reduce the amount of money it gives local governments. Currently, Trotter only has to be responsive to a few mayors. He knows next year, he may be answering to many more. And they will be watching closely how he votes on the funding issue.

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