City Council Passes New Ward Map

Proposed ward maps prior to the City Council vote.

After multiple public hearings and proposed ward maps, the Chicago City Council passed a compromise ward map on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The new ward map, which includes 18 Black wards, 13 Hispanic wards and 2 Hispanic influence wards, passed with a final vote of 41 to 8—the necessary votes to avoid a referendum.

However, as the Chicago Tribune reports, despite the votes, the possibility of a lawsuit might still be inevitable as the different population sizes, with some South Side wards having more than 4,000 fewer constituents than those in the North Side are at issue.

Some aldermen, like 2nd Ward Ald. Robert Fioretti and 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato attempted to delay the vote in order to give the public an opportunity to review. Their motion was denied.

The eight aldermen who voted no comprised of 2nd Ward Ald. Robert Fioretti, 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 23rd Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski, 24th Ward Ald. Michael Chandler, 35th Ward Ald. Rey Colon (a member of the Latino Caucus), 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato, 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack, and 45th Ward Ald. John Arena.

To view WBEZ’s interactive map click here.