SPRINGFIELD – An analysis of population trends now suggests Illinois will only lose one seat in Congress.
Illinois has lost tens of thousands in total population count since 2010, when the last U.S. Census count took place. The latest census figures showed the state’s population declined by 51,000.
Because central and southern Illinois lost a higher percentage of the population than the Democratically-held Chicago-area congressional districts, it’s likely a Republican-held seat will be dissolved.
Illinois currently holds 18 congressional seats. It once held it’s most of 27 from 1913 to 1943.