Chicago City Council reaches tentative deal on new ward map with 17 Black wards and 14 Latino wards

Chicago City Council reaches tentative deal on new ward map with 17 Black wards and 14 Latino wards

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Chicago Metropolis Council has reached a tentative compromise deal on modifications to town’s ward map.

The wards are being redrawn in accordance with outcomes from the 2020 census.

The compromise map, which Alderwoman Michelle Harris calls the “Chicago United Map,” would create 17 Black-majority wards, 14 Latino-majority wards and one Asian-American majority ward.

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“I am thrilled my colleagues have come collectively in compromise in what has been an extended and difficult course of,” Harris mentioned. “I’m prepared to maneuver our metropolis ahead with the Chicago United Map, because it represents a good map for all Chicagoans. I’ve all the time wished to keep away from a pricey referendum for Chicago’s taxpayers, and right now we achieved that.”

Months of negotiation had yielded little settlement, with numerous proposals generally together with 16 Black-majority wards and 15 Latino-majority wards, generally extra, generally much less. The one Asia American-majority ward was one level of settlement amongst all proposals.

United Working Households launched an announcement praising the compromise map, saying, “We commend the elected members of our group for his or her onerous work to succeed in a compromise on the Chicago United Map and thereby avert a prolonged and divisive referendum. At this time’s settlement will safe 14 Latino-majority wards, create town’s first Asian-American ward, and preserve sturdy illustration for Chicago’s Black communities throughout 17 Black-majority and Black-plurality wards. At this time’s settlement ensures that we will flip our consideration in direction of the legislative points that matter most to our communities.”

The Folks’s Coalition Map was not as optimistic, releasing a important assertion saying partly, “So-called ‘reformers’ made backroom offers and determined that voters should not be allowed to decide on their map, and that is one thing the Folks’s Coalition Map has all the time stood for. Because of this, Latinos misplaced for the second decade in a row. The most important minority inhabitants in Chicago will not be pretty and precisely represented as such. The voices of immigrant populations stay on the fringes.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an announcement saying, “It’s a good factor that an amazing majority of Metropolis Council members have come collectively and reached a compromise on a brand new ward map. The street was troublesome and raised numerous points round illustration for individuals of colour who traditionally have been locked out of corridors of energy. Not everybody bought precisely what they wished, however forging a compromise and avoiding a referendum is in everybody’s greatest pursuits.

“I wish to commend Chairwoman Michelle Harris who did a yeoman’s job to deliver her Council colleagues collectively to get this executed for the residents of Chicago. And I’m notably proud that this map creates the first-ever majority Asian ward in Chicago’s historical past. With this compromise, the Metropolis Council can now commit its full consideration to the extra fast wants of our metropolis like conserving our communities protected and driving our equitable financial restoration from the pandemic.”

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