Chicago City Council unveils new neighborhood map after contentious negotiations – NBC Chicago
Chicago City Council members reached an agreement Monday on a new neighborhood map that will expand representation of the city’s Latinx community and avoid having to put the maps in place for a referendum vote by the electorate.
City Council Rules Committee Chair Michelle Harris officially announced the deal Monday night, saying the process has resulted in increased representation from the city’s growing Latinx community, as well as the creation of the first American neighborhood. -Asian history of the city.
Here’s what the new map looks like:
“Rooted in data, the Chicago United Map ensures fair representation for all of Chicago’s diverse communities, and today’s agreement avoids a costly and time-consuming referendum process for the city’s ratepayers,” it reads. in part in a statement from Chicago United.
According to the group, the map will create 17 majority black and plurality neighborhoods. According to the group, 14 other neighborhoods will be predominantly Latin American and one neighborhood will have a predominantly Asian-American population.
The group says the city council will vote on the new map in the coming days.
The deal will allow city officials to avoid a referendum that would have been held before Chicagoans in the June 28 primary election. That deadline would have come later this month, but the new deal represents a compromise between Latino Caucus and Black Caucus members who had squabbled over the redesigned card for months.
According to Block Club Chicago, the original Latino Caucus map had 15 majority Latinx neighborhoods and 16 majority black neighborhoods. The Chicago United Map included 14 majority Latinx neighborhoods and 16 majority black neighborhoods.
The Latino Caucus had been pushing for better representation on the city council since the 2010 census, arguing that the map did not accurately reflect the city’s growing Latinx population.