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Federal judges uphold new Democratic-drawn congressional map
CHICAGO (AP) ' A panel of federal judges has upheld a new congressional map drawn by Illinois Democrats, but still referred to it as a "blatant political move to increase the number of Democratic congressional seats."
The map, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law over the summer, preserves existing Democratic-leaning districts and creates new ones, while forcing several Republican incumbents to run against each other in primaries. Republicans had sued to overturn the map, claiming that Democrats drew only one Hispanic district when more were needed because of population growth.
The three-judge panel, which included two Indiana Republicans, said in its ruling Thursday that said Republicans could not prove that the map discriminated against Hispanics.
Democrats dominated Illinois' map-making this year because they control the state Legislature and governor's office.