Ward remapping draws controversy in communities of color: What do you think?

The 15th and 16th wards are now the same ward, and the 2nd Ward went from being south and west of the Loop to being south and west of Lincoln Park. Sounds like a children’s game, but it’s actually the result of Chicago’s latest redrawing of its ward map.

The map is redrawn every 10 years, and this year, communities of color were particularly vocal in the process. The Black Caucus and the Latino Caucus put forward competing visions of how to servce the city’s declining but concentrated African-American community while catering for the increased but spread-out Latino community.

In the end, the new boundaries passed 41-8, though there may still be the possibility for dissent through legal measures.

But as the dust settles immediately after the vote, most commentators see this as a victory for the Latino Caucus, which now has 12 supermajority wards, compared to the nine wards it had previously.

What do you think?

Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly will be joined on the Barbershop show by Kyle Hillman, Huffington Post blogger and political constultant; Suzanna McBride, the Columbia College Journalism Department’s associate chair and force behind Austin Talks; and Evan Moore, Chicago Now blogger whowrite for EXTRA Newspaper.

We’ll be talking redistricting as well as likes, dislikes and WTF’s from the weekly news cycle.

Tune in to Vocalo’s 98.5 and comment or tweet @ChicagoReporter with any questions you have, or how redistricting efforts have affected you.

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  • I think it's absolutely ridiculous that the City Council voted on a map that was never shown to the public. The countless hours of back room negotiating that Ald. O'Connor referenced proves that the community's input at the public hearings was just for show. Lincoln Park residents complain and get their 43rd Ward back, but Back of the Yards produces countless testimonies about their community's need to be in one ward and they get an off-the-record promise for a library? Chinatown has existed in Chicago for 100 years and still isn't in one ward, still doesn't have its own high school, and is still waiting on its fieldhouse at Ping Tom park. It is a real shame that Ald. Waguespack and other "no" voters couldn't find one more alderman join them in forcing a referendum (Ald. Solis said would only cost $100k as opposed to expensive litigation) and give voters a real choice and say on their ward lines. I just hope voters unhappy with their new ward show up in 2015 and hold their aldermen accountable.

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