A new proposed map for Chicago City Council wards was submitted to City Council by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) yesterday, as the debate over how to readjust ward lines to 2010 Census data heats up. In addition, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) is beginning a set of four City Council Rules Committee field hearings on the proposed maps next week at DePaul University.
The DePaul hearing will be on Wednesday, January 11, at 6:o0 p.m. in DePaul’s Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont St.
While the MALDEF map is not sponsored by any particular group of aldermen, in the past MALDEF has gone to court to force significant changes to remaps in Chicago and across the country. Their version would move the 47th Ward and 32nd Ward partly across the Chicago River, and would avoid creating a new ward on the North Side by keeping the 32nd Ward’s northern boundaries along Addison Ave. and including portions of Logan Square in the 32nd Ward.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the MALDEF map would create 1 more Latino-majority ward than the Latino Caucus map and the same number of African-American-majority wards as the Black Caucus map.
MALDEF Chicago Equity Map