No Evidence Chicago Ward Map Referendum Will Cost Taxpayers Millions, Despite Claims
The likelihood that the June 28 primary election ballot will ask voters to decide what Chicago ward map should look like for the first time in 30 years increased this past week as the acrimony between the Black and Latino caucuses over the map escalated.
Chicago is now 31.4% white, 29.9% Latino, 28.7% black and 6.9% Asian.
If we wanted the aldermen to represent the new demographics of the city, we would have 15.7 white aldermen, 14.95 Latino aldermen, 14.35 black aldermen, 3.45 Asian aldermen and 1.55 other / mixed aldermen.
This is not the fear based journalism we are accustomed to here. Take that liberal bs elsewhere /jk
Let's be clear: Both of these ward maps are terrible. They're drawn not to improve the day-to-day experiences of our people and the neighborhoods they live in, but to consolidate and perpetuate power at the Caucus and individual Alderperson level. Allowing the people to vote between these two maps doesn't give us input as voters. It forces us to back one coalition over the other.
Here's what I predict:
- The city council will agree to a consensus map before the May 19 deadline
- It will strike some compromise between the Latino and Black Caucuses demands
- It will prioritize incumbent alderpeople's demands, at the expense of our citizens' needs and any kind of neighborhood cohesion
I just can't see the City Council letting it go to a referendum vote. I am sure that a compromise solution between the two caucuses will be preferable to the alderpeople, rather than the uncertainty of allowing the populace to decide. The optics of this going to referendum would also strengthen the argument that future ward mapping exercises should be taken out of the hands of the alderpeople.
The only reason it's gone this far is that not a single alderperson has signed on to introduce the People's Map in Council. Whether you agree with the specific details of that map or not, the process to get to it was an example of true citizen input. If it were in the running against the Caucus maps, I guarantee that the alderpeople would have already circled the wagons and come up with a compromise supported by enough to pass it in Council.
Can anyone explain to me why they base the wards off of race? Seems like the only purpose is to make sure Chicago stays segregated