Friday, November 11, 2011

Proposed Chicago ward remap would add Hispanic seats - Chicago Sun-Times

Proposed Chicago ward remap would add Hispanic seats - Chicago Sun-Times

I would very much like to see the Latino caucus' ward map. Perhaps it might look good to the CBO's of Roseland Heights, Chesterfield and especially West Chesterfield.
The City Council’s Hispanic Caucus has drafted a new Chicago ward map that includes four more super-majority Hispanic wards — for a total of 14 — and two more Hispanic “influence” wards to reward Latinos for their 25,218-person population gain in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, and Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) said Hispanic gains would come at the expense of three South Side wards now represented by white aldermen: the 10th, 13th and 23rd.

The fourth new super-majority Hispanic ward — with a Latino population of at least 65 percent — would be located on the Southwest Side. It could pull together Hispanics now living in five black wards: the 3rd, 15th, 16th, 18th and 20th.

Latino “influence” wards — each with an Hispanic population in the 35 to 55 percent range — would be drawn by pooling together Hispanics now living in the 1st and 33rd Wards.

The migration of Latinos to the Northwest Side would also require the creation of a new super-majority ward with fragments of six wards: the 29th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 37th and 38th. But, that would be offset by the loss of the 1st Ward, which would drop from a super-majority to an Hispanic “influence” ward.
The key:
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), chairman of the Black Caucus, confirmed that the two groups have agreed on a “set of principles” that would preserve 19 majority black wards and carve out 14 majority Hispanic wards.

“We’re in substantial agreement about the numbers and that there’s a possibility of it being done. Where we could potentially get into trouble is politically. That is, how does it affect the other wards and will we be able to get 40 aldermen to sign on to that?” Brookins said.
The new map needs 41 out of 50 votes to avoid a referendum. If at least ten aldermen unite behind an alternate map, Chicago voters would choose between the two versions when they go to the polls next March.


  1. A very passionate person, signed "Irate in the 6th Ward", contacted my blog about the plans for remapping. Since you are the preeminent blog for the 6th Ward, I figured that I would pass this person's comments to you.

    From: Irate in the 6th Ward!

    If anyone from the 6th Ward attended the remapping meeting held by Committee
    Chairman Alderman Richard Mell last night at the Morgan Park High School
    auditorium,  well, you ought to be IRATE! If there was ever a reason on why
    black folks are always on the losing end, well-- that meeting was a prime
    example of it. That entire meeting was dominated by the 19th Ward who
    showed us why white folks get what they want!

    Here were white people organized TO THE MAX to protest any remapping of the
    19th Ward. They had signage:  lawn and window signs and they had stickers for
    you to wear too! Plus, they had their Alderman, Matt O' Shea, leading the charge!
    Check out his 19th Ward Aldermanic website:

    So I ask you, who do you think the City Hall folks will be listening to? What
    the hell is wrong with our ward? What the hell is wrong with us!

    You got the community groups of West Chesterfield and Roseland Heights
    trying to get folks aroused and focused. You got GCA trying to support those
    groups. But where is Chesterfield on this? Where is Park Manor on this? Where
    is Chatham Avalon on this? Who gives a damn about a pancake house right now?!
    We are about to watch our ward splinter into nothingness!

    The Black Caucus, who hired our former Alderman (Lyle), is trying to suppress
    the best black voting block in the city! It's us people, us! And do you see a
    back story here. And this is what I have to say to Alderman Brookins, who
    hired Lyle for this job: here's my $200 notion on your remapping recommendation
    for the 6th Ward cause it's worth more than two cents: why don't you let the 6th
    Ward take over the streets from 79th to 87th that contain West Chatham--at least
    that's what those residents called themselves. You know, that small business area
    across the expressway that you keep in your ward!
    Why don't you give us the area that contains Lowes, Walmart, Aldi and Home
    Depot all the way over to Simeon High School. Then maybe, it would make
    some sense to cut off the 6th Ward at 87th Street! Let's face it, your ward
    would never have gotten those businesses if those companies hadn't
    eyeballed the professional and semi-professional residents who live in
    Chatham! Or the Chatham seniors who were former city, state and county
    professionals with their solid pensions. Do you you think, Brookins, that we
    are so stupid in the 6th Ward as not to understand those "Brainy Smurf" ideas
    of yours!

    Does every adult in the 6th Ward need a pimp slap to get out of this malaise?
    People, they are about to snip away a third of our ward and leave us like a shorn
    Samson. We're the ward that has the real voters' strength! Don't let the Philistines
    take that away from us!

  2. I'm glad somebody sees this and recognizes that the wolves are about to be upon folks that is.


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