click to enlarge Gov. JB Pritzker signed new congressional maps into law Nov. 23 that divide Sangamon County into the 13th District, designed to elect a Democrat, and the 15th District, which is heavily Republican. This means it’s unlikely voters will have a choice of viable candidates in general elections because the party in the minority in that district would view spending money and staff time there as a waste.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed new congressional maps into law Nov. 23 that divide Sangamon County into the 13th District, designed to elect a Democrat, and the 15th District, which is heavily Republican. This means it’s unlikely voters will have a choice of viable candidates in general elections because the party in the minority in that district would view spending money and staff time there as a waste.

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NOTHING NEW

Sangamon County has long been in congressional, state Senate and state House districts that are so overwhelmingly Republican that Democrats rarely run, leaving the Republican unopposed ("Rigged elections?" Dec. 2). So excuse me if I don't get too upset at the new congressional map.

Barry House
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MAJORITY RULES

You can complain, but both districts will be more likely to be represented by the party the majority wants.

Dominic Drapper
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URBAN SPRAWL

So, people are concerned about losing farmland to solar projects ("County approves major solar power project," Nov. 25). They didn't seem to be very concerned about vast areas of the richest farmland in the world being lost to urban sprawl. Shopping centers, big box stores, parking lots, housing subdivisions and other developments have spread while inner cities decay. The sudden concern over losing farmland seems a bit too late, and misplaced.

Richard Leary
Springfield

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A CONTRADICTION

This solar project is a violation of the county's development plan. Years ago, the Sangamon County Board didn't want development of farmland that was in unincorporated Sangamon County. People were told to get incorporated and rely on the village or town to supply services, including plowing the roads. This contradicts that policy.

John Krein
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WHY NOT HOMEOWNERS?

A big company gets to make money off solar, but you can't. Home solar should allow you to sell power back to the grid beyond your own use, not just up to it. Perhaps a middle ground would be that you can sell up to two times your own use, under the assumption that most people won't over-install solar at their home for various reasons, but if they wanted to, they should be allowed to profit from it. That would speed adaptation.

Joe Kozak
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NOT REALLY GREEN

We really don't need a bunch of grass grown in between these rows of panels. It will all just get mowed off during the summer and be of no use to anyone. The owners of this project could plant native plants that flower and produce seed to help support the insects, birds and other wildlife that have been decimated by chemical agriculture. It is time for the agriculture industry to start contributing to a sustainable future.

Presently, this industry does nothing to help heal the destruction that has been brought upon our ecosystem by their practices. There is a lot of throwing around of words like "green" and "sustainable" in their ads, but it is just lip service.

Michael Dappert
Winchester

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