Quinn: Congressional map is fair, protects rights

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS/AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the congressional district map he's signed into law is fair and protects minority voters' rights.

Quinn signed the proposal to change district lines - required every 10 years after the Census- on Friday. He says taxpayers had input at public hearings on both state legislative and congressional maps, even though the final product for the U.S. House was voted on less than 24 hours after it was publicized.

"The people of Illinois provided input at public hearings for both the congressional and state legislative maps. I have carefully reviewed the congressional redistricting map. This map is fair, maintains competitiveness within congressional districts, and protects the voting rights of minority communities. I would like to thank Sen. Kwame Raoul and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie for their commitment to encouraging public participation in the remap process."

Critics point to only one district among 18 where Latinos represent the majority even though the Hispanic population in Illinois grew 32.5 percent.

Illinois is losing one seat in the House in 2013 because of nationwide population shifts.

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