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.The key:
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.
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.