Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ward Remap Prompts Aldermen to Protest, Consider Legal Action - Chicago

In this case we can only assume this is an injunction to stop the many city council committees from using the future remapped wards to consider their respective agendas.
The city's muddled ward remap is prompting two aldermen to formally object to its pell-mell imposition and consider legal action to win an injunction.

"They're just disenfranchising voters," said Ald. Nick Sposato (36th).

"We have a constitutional and fiduciary responsibility to represent our constituents we were elected by," added Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

At issue is a new ward map that was drawn up after the 2010 census. Some aldermen have already started honoring the ward boundaries established by that map — providing services to residents who lived in other aldermen's wards under the previous map.

Sposato and Fioretti believe those new boundaries shouldn't be honored until after the spring 2015 aldermanic elections. They cite a letter written a year ago by Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton stating "applicable law provides that the 2001 map, which was in effect for the 2011 aldermanic elections, should govern for the duration of those four-year terms."

"Don't continue to disenfranchise voters. This is not right," Sposato said Monday. "If somebody elected me, I should be representing them."
I'm wondering if the next step is to eventually throw last year's remap out of the window through legal action?

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