Saturday, September 10, 2011

Former HDO chief enlisted to help Hispanic aldermen boost Council seats - Chicago Sun-Times

Former HDO chief enlisted to help Hispanic aldermen boost Council seats - Chicago Sun-Times
The City Council’s Hispanic Caucus has hired former Hispanic Democratic Organization chieftain Victor Reyes to represent them in what could be a contentious battle for four to six more Hispanic wards to coincide with Latino population gains.

Reyes will lead a high-powered legal team that also includes the city’s former Human Resources Commissioner Homero Tristan and Virginia Martinez, former staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund.

While Chicago lost 182,000 black residents and nearly 53,000 whites over the last decade, the city’s Hispanic population grew by 25,000. The City Council has until a Dec. 1 deadline to redraw ward boundaries to coincide with the 2010 U.S. Census.

On Thursday, the Hispanic Caucus held a City Hall news conference to kick off the remap process by showcasing its legal team, distributing maps of Hispanic population gains and scheduling a pair of public hearings Sept. 21 and 30.
BTW, it looks like the Black and Hispanic caucuses are talking to each other
In a statement distributed Thursday, Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), chairman of the Black Caucus, promised to push that position “without infringing upon the rights of other protected classes.”

“We have met with members of the Latino Caucus to share mutual concerns and will continue to dialogue with them as we go forward,” Brookins said.
I didn't want to over excerpt but the whole "protected classes" comment you'll see in this article is a reference to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Read the whole article!

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