SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans rejoiced in November after picking up a handful of Democratic congressional districts in President Barack Obama's home state. Now Democrats are getting their revenge with a map of proposed new Illinois districts that could erase those GOP gains.
Republicans scrambled Friday to decipher the proposal that lumps at least four freshman Republicans into districts where they would have to run against other incumbents in the next election.
Illinois must adopt a congressional map with one less U.S. House seat than before because of slowing population growth in the latest census. Democrats are in charge of the process because they control the state Legislature and governor's office.
The GOP's Illinois gains were part of a national surge that helped Republicans take control of the U.S. House last year.
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