How Chicago’s racial makeup affects remapping.
February 14, 2021
Aldermen and city officials are already in disagreement over how the boundaries of Chicago's 50 wards should be redrawn this year. Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26), chair of the City Council Latino Caucus, and Ald. Jason Ervin (28), chair of the Aldermanic Black Caucus, are challenging the proposal from at least two aldermen that the city rely on an independent commission to draw the wards, arguing aldermen, including in majority-Black and majority-Latino wards, are best equipped for the job. We talk with Maldonado, Ervin and former alderman and political science professor Dick Simpson to examine how the boundaries should be drawn and whether the Black and Latino caucuses will be able to hold onto City Council seats with a shifting population.
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