SPRINGFIELD – Starting in 2012, Illinois will have one less person serving in Congress.
2010 census numbers used to determine the number of representatives states get in the U.S. House show populations of others states outpacing Illinois'.
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute member John Jackson.
Historically, members of Congress concoct a map that protects incumbents and pass it on to the General Assembly to ratify. The political geography this time around could be shaped more by partisan politics, according to long-time statehouse reporter Mike Lawrence.
Even down a representative, Illinois still has the number two senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, and control of the White House, taking some sting out of the news. However, Lawrence cautions that continuing to bleed congressional seats is bad news for the state.