Chicago ward map compromise deal may have fractured city council’s Latino Caucus, alderman says

Chicago ward map compromise deal may have fractured city council’s Latino Caucus, alderman says

CHICAGO (TOC) — The contentious battle over the brand new Chicago ward maps seems over, with a compromise deal in place to keep away from a pricey referendum. However backroom offers might have left the Latino Caucus fractured.

The town is now poised to maneuver forward with the ward remap that is been dragging for months.

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“In mapping, it is all in regards to the numbers,” mentioned eighth Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, chair of the Guidelines Committee who engineered the compromise. “No one will get every little thing that they need, so we’re gonna have folks that aren’t blissful.”

Amongst them is thirty sixth Ward Alderman Gil Villegas, chairman of the Latino Caucus, who fought for 15 Latino majority wards, however needed to accept 14 as members of his caucus started brokering their very own offers within the map room at Metropolis Corridor over the course of the final week.

“I believe the compromise got here since you had folks that have been feeling loads of strain and determined to protect themselves,” he mentioned. “Self-preservation is what you noticed.”

Metropolis Corridor sources mentioned two weeks in the past Villegas sensed his was a dropping trigger, and he requested the mayor to dealer a deal to keep away from a referendum that might have price taxpayers hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. However a number of aldermen say Villegas, who’s in a decent race for the brand new third congressional district, was himself being pressured by union teams.

“He was threatened with some adverse mailers, supporters of the Chicago United Map mentioned they have been going to spend hundreds of thousands of {dollars} sending out adverse mailers towards Alderman Gil Villegas and he is operating for Congress,” mentioned thirty fifth Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. “And that is not what he wished.”

“That is simply not correct,” Villegas responded. “The truth is, we have all the time been looking for a compromise.”

“I believe there have been losses on each side. I will not name them losses, there have been compromises on each side,” mentioned Ald. Harris.

“Is it every little thing we wished? No, it is not. However it’s a lot higher than we have been set to get? Completely, it’s,” mentioned Ald. Ramirez-Rosa.

Harris contends the friction over the brand new ward boundaries is now water underneath the bridge, however Villegas mentioned it has left the Latino Caucus fractured.

“Our neighborhood will not be prepared to face up and combat on points which can be essential to the neighborhood,” he mentioned.

The Guidelines Committee will maintain an issue listening to Friday to let the general public see what the brand new map appears to be like like, however there will probably be no vote taken. The vote is anticipated subsequent week throughout a particular Chicago Metropolis Council assembly.

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