Riverside and North Riverside would be unified into single state Senate districts, Brookfield would gain a new state senator and Republican senate representation would be drawn out of the villages all together under the proposal released Thursday by the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee.

All of Riverside and Brookfield mainly south of Eight Corners would become part of state Senate District 12, while Brookfield north of Eight Corners and all of North Riverside would be part of Senate District 4.

The proposal would unify Senate representation for both Riverside and North Riverside, which have been chopped into multiple Senate districts for the past decade. Currently, Riverside has three state senators, while North Riverside and Brookfield have two each.

The 21st District, which for years was represented by Republican Dan Cronin and now Ron Sandack and served parts of all three villages, would be moved much farther out into western DuPage County.

Residents of the 4th District will continue to be represented by Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat who has represented a portion of Riverside and North Riverside for years.

If the proposal is passed, just who will represent residents in the 12th District is unclear. The current 12th District state senator is Martin Sandoval, who lives in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood.

However, according to the map unveiled today, Sandoval would reside in the 11th District if the proposed redistricting is approved.

The current state senator for the 11th District is Steve Landek, who was appointed to the post in February after Louis Viverito announced his retirement. But, like Sandoval, Landek is also drawn out of his current district in the proposed plan. Landek would reside in the new 12th District.

Under that scenario, the two senators may end up switching districts, with Landek representing his hometown of Bridgeview – where he’s the mayor – and a good chunk of Lyons Township – where he is township supervisor.

Sandoval, meanwhile, would retain a strong Hispanic voter base on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The redistricting committee will hold two additional public meetings to gain input from residents. The first is on Saturday, May 21 at noon at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Committee Room C-600, in Chicago.

The second will be a joint hearing of the Senate and House redistricting committees on Tuesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. at the Illinois State Capitol, Committee Room 14, in Springfield.

For a full report, see the May 25 edition of the Landmark.