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Illinois Republicans seek court order to disclose Democratic campaign committee role in rigged remap

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WASHINGTON--Illinois Republicans are asking a federal court here to force the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to disclose the role they played in creating a congressional map rigged to elect Democrats.

Ten Illinois House members and Illinois GOP leaders who created the "Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map" are suing the Illinois State Board of Elections in order to force the drawing of a new map.

Though the original lawsuit was filed in Chicago last July, the plaintiffs are asking a federal court in Washington to compel the DCCC, the Democratic House political operation, to produce the documents requested in a subpoena.

The DCCC is resisting the request on the grounds that a court should first wait to see if the motion to dismiss filed by the defendants is successful.

The GOP motion argues, "Having injected itself into the Illinois congressional redistricting process, the DCCC now seeks to hide behind a series of bogus objections which are wholly lacking in merit. Plaintiffs seek highly relevant information regarding the DCCC's role in creating the Proposed Congressional Plan, which is a product of a backroom legislative process shrouded in darkness. Plaintiffs are entitled to that information to prove their claims that the Proposed Congressional Plan intentionally dilutes the votes of Latinos, enacts an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and engages in blatant partisan gerrymandering. And the DCCC has no legitimate basis on which to shield that information from discovery.

"Because the DCCC has regarded the Subpoena as something akin to a social invitation that it can ignore and has utterly failed to approach the meet and confer process with anything other than bad faith, Plaintiffs have no alternative but to seek this Court's assistance to enforce the duly issued Subpoena."

In Chicago, the case has been assigned to a three-judge panel consisting of Judge Joan Lefkow, Circuit Judge John Daniel Tinder and District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.

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