Illinois will lose one seat in the House of Representatives based on population shifts in the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. The loss continues a 50-year decline in the size of the state’s congressional delegation.
The next step will be a political battle over redistricting, as state legislatures redraw their congressional district maps to correct for their new allotment of seats. In Illinois, Democrats control both the state House and Senate, giving them an advantage when it comes to creating favorable districts.
The other states losing seats include California, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Texas gained two seats, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon each picked up one.
Illinois continues to lose population due to people leaving the state due to taxes and a continually corrupt political environment. It’s become a decennial tradition in the state, which has forfeited 10 U.S. House seats in the last nine censuses, leaving it with 17.
Sadly, the decrease will likely spell a loss of federal funding while at the same time strengthening Democrats’ political grip on the state.
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