Rockford, Illinois News

Local residents invited to speak to Illinois House Redistricting Committee

ROCKFORD — State Rep. Dave Vella, D-Rockford, is brining the House Redistricting Committee to the Rockford area April 5.

A virtual hearing of the committee will begin at 10 a.m., and will focus on Rockford and surrounding communities. The public is welcome to participate.

“The redistricting process is an integral part of making sure that we have the representatives we deserve,” Vella said. “This process is designed to make sure that individuals from every community throughout Illinois have their voices represented in the chambers of government. Participation in this hearing is an important step to let those drawing the map know who those voices belong to.”

Vella said he is committed to an open and participatory redistricting process; the Rockford session is one of 23 scheduled hearings across the state where legislators will receive input from individuals and groups.

Members of the public are welcome to share their thoughts on demographic trends they see in their areas, communities of interest, and other information about the region that should inform the process of creating new legislative districts.

Individuals or groups interested in testifying before the committee should email  redistrictingcommittee@hds.ilga.gov.