MAY 20, 2021
Cook County leaders will use preliminary census data to draw their 17 new district boundaries by the end of summer. Chicago will hire a full-time adviser on water policy thanks to new private grants. And a potential overhaul to the city’s plumbing code will be the topic of a zoning committee hearing Thursday afternoon.
APR 09, 2021
Cook County Comm. Deborah Sims (D-5), consultant Peter Creticos and election data scientist Kim Brace during a hearing on Thursday
Cook County commissioners on Thursday solidified the team they’ll use to redraw all 17 of their districts as they look to complete a no-drama remap with enough time to kick off their reelection campaigns this fall.
During the first-ever meeting of the county board’s 2020 Census Redistricting Committee, commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $193,000, one-year contract (21-1963) with consultant Peter Creticos, putting him in the driver’s seat for the county’s fourth consecutive redistricting cycle.
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After eight years in the Illinois House and four as House Republican floor leader, Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) sat down with Ben to talk about his career in the House, why he decided to leave elected office, and his observations about the House Republican caucus and the workings of the Illinois House of Representatives.