Chicago City Council reaches tentative deal over new city wards map, will have 17 Black wards and 14 Latino wards – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Metropolis Council has reached a tentative compromise deal on adjustments to the 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’m thrilled my colleagues have come collectively in compromise in what has been a protracted and difficult course of,” Harris stated. “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 needed to keep away from a expensive referendum for Chicago’s taxpayers, and as we speak we achieved that.”

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

United Working Households launched a press release praising the compromise map, saying, “We commend the elected members of our group for his or her laborious 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 the town’s first Asian-American ward, and keep 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 the direction of the legislative points that matter most to our communities.”

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

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