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Ward Politics Wed Jan 11 2012

500 Chicagoans Attend Hearing on Ward Re-mapping

Is Water Tower Place in Lincoln Park? Is Old Town in the same ward as the United Center?

Yes, according to the Map for a Better Chicago, a proposed re-drawing of ward boundaries that received almost unanimous disapproval from the 500 Chicagoans who attended a hearing held on Depaul's campus on Wednesday.

"We're a little angry tonight," said Alderman Michele Smith, 43rd Ward, whose Lincoln Park constituency would be split into five wards on this map.

"Although I'm sure [2nd Ward] Alderman Fioretti is a nice gentleman, I didn't vote for him," said Colleen Daley, a 43rd Ward resident who would be in the 2nd Ward on the Map for a Better Chicago.

Ald. Smith is in favor of an alternative proposed by the Hispanic caucus of the Council: the Taxpayer Protection Map.

This hearing was the first in a series of hearings on ward re-mapping, although the Council could vote on a new map as early as next week, said Smith.

Every 10 years, the city re-draws its wards in accordance with the census. The city population is divided by the number of wards, and the result is the ideal population of each ward. If a map deviates from this magic number too much, it could be brought to court for violating the constitutional principle of one person, one vote. The 1991 ward map was brought to federal court on the grounds that it excluded minority groups, costing the city more than $3 million in legal fees.

According to Ald. Smith, The Map for a Better Chicago has deviation around 5% in some areas, while the Taxpayer Protection Map deviates less and is more legally defensible.

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Scott / January 13, 2012 4:35 PM

The United Center & parts of Old Town are in the same ward now. Check your facts alderman.

Tyler Davis / January 15, 2012 12:59 PM

I think what the alderman was referring to was the small enclave currently on the south end of the 43rd Ward, around what is Old Town.
On the Map for a Better Chicago, this piece becomes part of the 27th Ward.
Now, what is considered "Old Town Triangle" is entirely in the 43rd Ward, and arguably, so is the heart of Old Town. But yes, parts of the Old Town neighborhood are currently in the 27th Ward.
Interactive maps can be found here:
WBEZ interactive maps

Tyler Davis / January 15, 2012 1:00 PM

Link didnt work, heres the url

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