The State Legislature map in Kendall County could look a lot different in the near future should Gov. JB Pritzker sign into law the redistricting changes approved last week by the General Assembly.
The state’s 70th House District would extend into the county’s northwestern corner under the proposal and would include parts of Plano. The 25th House District, held by Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, would cover far less of Yorkville than it currently does.
“Again we’re not positive (about the changes) because the governor hasn’t signed it yet,” County Administrator Scott Koeppel told the County Board at a meeting Tuesday, June 1, in Yorkville.
Although the number of state Senate seats would remain unchanged, their borders face a drastic redraw.
The 38th District, currently held by powerful Republican Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris, would extend to cover most of Yorkville but less of Plano. The 49th District is redrawn away from Oswego and instead represents the Kendall County portions of Plainfield and Joliet. The 25th Senate District, held by West Chicago Democrat Karina Villa, would cover less of Yorkville but most of Oswego and a large portion of Montgomery.
In other action as the General Assembly’s spring legislative session drew to a close early Tuesday, June 1, lawmakers changed the state’s party primary election to June 28 instead of the traditional third Tuesday in March. The first day to file candidate petitions will be March 7, with in-person early voting starting March 19 and vote-by-mail requests beginning March 30.
Lucas Robinson covers politics, courts, schools and the pandemic in Kendall County and Yorkville for Shaw Media. His work has previously appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Buenos Aires Times, Open Secrets and USAToday. He grew up in Muncie, Indiana.