Jackson won't back new Ill. congressional map

September 22, 2011 - 9:55 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson is speaking out against the new congressional districts drawn by his fellow Illinois Democrats.

In a statement Thursday, Jackson suggested the district boundaries put politics ahead of minority rights. He says he won't go along with abandoning the fight against discrimination.

Jackson says he's also speaking for fellow Democratic Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush.

Jackson says the three will not help defend the new districts against a court challenge by Republicans. The GOP contends the districts don't provide enough representation for Chicago's growing Latino population.

Democratic leaders drew the new map to reflect changes in the Illinois population. It largely protects Democratic incumbents while creating districts that will put Republican candidates on the defensive.