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New Ward Maps Released But When They Take Effect, Nobody Knows

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The ward remap process was messy, but just because the city’s aldermen finally reached agreement on the boundaries for their political districts doesn’t mean the confusion has come to an end.

The newly-released maps, which are a study in creativity, are being used by the Board of Elections in November; voters should have been notified of any change in their polling location. As for other services–like who to call to report a crumbling sidewalk or request a zoning change–it’s anybody’s guess when the hand-off between aldermen will apply.

In a note to constituents, Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) noted that in the absence of a clear directive, his office will field requests from current and re-mapped residents (see maps below) and funnel them through the appropriate channels.

Speaking at a town hall meeting earlier this summer, Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), who is losing territory to the north and gaining to the south, said, “There’s not a date where they switch the light and the map is changed.” The good news, he added, is that residents temporarily have two aldermen to serve them. Don’t like the solution one provides, “shop around,” he joked.

Ward32 New Map
Ward32 Old Map

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