Ms. Janet Silosky gave this testimony at the Will County Board's May 25th redistricting hearing
With malice toward none, and respect for all, I am here today to voice my objection to the proposed re-districting plans. Many may not know of this meeting, nor care, if they did. They most certainly would not be interested in the power-grab this plan affords.
But I do care. Furthermore, this plan is not compact, as maps statewide are required - section3, Article 4 of the Illinois State Constitution. The township I live in would be cut in four, not to mention the village, itself. What could possibly be the rationale? What this jigsaw of a puzzle does do, is afford a 2-1 Democratic majority where none was before. I wonder if this wasn't the original intent? Actions speak louder than words.
The concerns and considerations of the People, to be taken into account in the determination of boundaries, at Public Meetings, as is required by law. That was obviously thrown out the window, and relegated to the dungheap, if where I live is any example.
Is this what we want for our County, our state? If we wish to model it after Cook County, this is a good first step, and a reminder of what total Democratic control throughout the state of Illinois has, and continues to mean to the pocketbooks of each and every single individual in the county, indeed within the state.
Re-districting is a responsibilty, but also an opportunity to show fairness and balance, to recognize individual obligations as an elected official. Great moments come from great opportunities.
The winners in this process are supposed to be the People of this county, indeed of this state. So far, we are not winners.