Latino groups split over Democrat map plan A coalition of Latino groups that had worked together for more representation in the state legislature fragmented today at a state Senate hearing over the effects of a proposed Democratic redrawing of Illinois’ legislative boundaries. The hearing was the first of two rare weekend legislative meetings in Chicago over the plan by ruling Democrats in Springfield to redraw the 59 state Senate and 118 state House districts. Another hearing is scheduled for Sunday by the House remap panel. The map aims at keeping Democrats in control over Republicans for the next decade, while trying to meet federal and state requirements to ensure proper representation for minorities. Republicans at the hearing questioned some witnesses in an apparent effort to try to create a legal record, since a lawsuit may be their only way to challenge the map lines. Democrats control the legislature and the governor’s office, meaning no GOP input was needed to draw the map. Juan Rangel, CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization and head of the Latino Coalition for Fair Redistricting, voiced support for proposed map lines that create an additional Latino majority Senate district on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Rangel credited Democrats who control the Senate with how they were able to “strike a balance with other minority groups, particularly African Americans” who lost population in Chicago while the Latino population grew in the city and suburbs. Read more: Clout St: Latino groups split over Democrat map plan ------------------------------------------------------- What special groups are allowed to look after white America, like there are groups for black Americans, or Latino "not really" Americans. At what point does "white" get the advantages of being a minority. When they are less in number to other races in a town, a county, a state? What?