The remapping process is going into the middle rounds and several players have emerged to battle it out. The Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus and Republicans. The remap process has become a big issue in Chatham because the maps presented so far by the Black Caucus alters the 6th ward as we know and have known it.
The Black Caucus maps seeks to keep all the current wards that were predominately African American although the African American population has decreased based on the last census. The Hispanic Caucus believes they should have more wards with majority Hispanic population based on the results of the last census. The Republicans while not a major player in the city believe that the broader borders at the State and Federal levels are unbalanced.
So why is it a big issue in the 6th ward. The Black Caucus map moves the southern border from 99th street to 87th street and moves the western border from Green to Halsted. The residents on the southern end living in the Chesterfield, West Chesterfield and Roseland Heights are mad as hell and crying foul. They feel that the remap is retaliation by former Alderman Freddrenna Lyle for not supporting her in her reelection attempt. Lyle is the chief architect for the Black Caucus in the remap process. They do not like or want to live in the 9th ward because they feel that the cost of insurance will increase and home values may decrease. The alderman is Anthony Beale. Alderman Beale and State Senator Meeks are the kings with no kingdom and fought extremely hard during the last remap to have Chicago State University in the districts, they went as far as passing out materials to Chicago State students and faculty declaring themselves the new political representatives. On the western end, several rogue community groups have decided to make Alderman Sawyer the poster boy for the problems in Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing. In 120 days, Alderman Sawyer is the cause of 30 years of disinvestment by business and misuse of government resources by various not for profits, church's and community organizations. These groups claim to represent Greater Grand Crossing/Englewoo residents in the 6th ward but those I have met and seen at ward events do not indicate this.
So my strategy to stop the dismantling of the 6th ward, by the Black Caucus is to reach out to the Republicans and hear their proposals. Since the Black Caucus is hell bent on saving a couple of slack alderman who may or may not support them in a tight vote( Remember Ike Corruthers). The rogue community groups on the western end have probably already reached out to the Hispanic Caucus. Do we have a chose? Why won't the Black Caucus sacrifice a couple of districts and move on. Frankly, if the person is someone who should be an Alderman their constituents irregardless of race will support them. Alderman Walter Burett and former Alderman Thomas Murphy proved my point. Maybe after the Black Caucus sees the Republicans are interested, maybe they will come to their senses.
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