A screen snapshot of the Chicago ward map proposed by the Latino Caucus shows the entire McKinley  Park neighborhood within the 12th Ward (pink overlay), bordered across Bubbly Creek by the 11th Ward (light purple overlay).

Latino Caucus Ward Map Keeps McKinley Park Whole

Published December 6, 2021

The coming redistricting of Chicago ward boundaries based on U.S. Census data has thus far inspired three different maps showing how the McKinley Park neighborhood might be represented in the Chicago City Council.

 
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Of the three, only the map submitted by the council’s Latino Caucus keeps the McKinley Park neighborhood within a single ward: the 12th Ward. The Latino Caucus filed its map on Thursday, December 2, 2021, putting it in possible consideration for a voter referendum during the next primary election on June 28, 2022.

 
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Because the city council has been unable to pass a map with the required minimum support of 41 of 50 aldermen and alderwomen by December 1, 2021, this is the first time in three decades a ward map may be decided by voters. The city council still has until May 19, 2022, to collectively agree on a ward map in lieu of a referendum.

Rules Committee Map

A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the City of Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules shows the McKinley Park neighborhood irregularly divided between the 12th Ward (green overlay) and the 11the Ward (brown overlay).A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the City of Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules shows the McKinley Park neighborhood irregularly divided between the 12th Ward (green overlay) and the 11th Ward (brown overlay).A proposed ward map issued on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, from the City of Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules irregularly chops the McKinley Park neighborhood roughly east and west between the 11th and 12th wards. The proposed border between the two wards partially runs along South Ashland Avenue, but juts far into the center-north of the McKinley Park Community Area.

The map – which is supported by the council’s Black Caucus – also sports an 11th Ward tendril reaching into the south end of McKinley Park to cover a city block entirely filled with newer single-family homes, including those setting recent records for sales prices for the neighborhood.

This tendril encompasses the residence of a former alderman for the area. A notch in the irregular north border of the rules committee map casts the residence for the Illinois state representative for the area into the 12th Ward, instead of the 11th Ward.

 
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The rules committee map has 34 co-sponsors within the city council; the Latino Caucus map has 15, including current 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, who has announced he is running for the Cook County Board of Review in the upcoming election cycle.

Public Commission Map

The Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission – a volunteer-run effort that has created its own People’s Map based on a series of public meetings and planning sessions – released the final version of its map, which divides the McKinley Park neighborhood north and south.

A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission shows the McKinley Park neighborhood divided north and south between, presumptively, the 11th Ward (pink overlay) and the 15th Ward (yellow overlay).A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission shows the McKinley Park neighborhood divided north and south between, presumptively, the 11th Ward (pink overlay) and the 15th Ward (yellow overlay).In the commission’s map, the north and east end of the McKinley Park neighborhood would join much of Bridgeport, Armour Square and Chinatown neighborhoods in a majority Asian-American ward. The McKinley Park neighborhood south of West 36th Street and west of South Ashland Avenue would fall into a ward with the Back of the Yards and much of the Canaryville neighborhoods.

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, a draft Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission map initially kept the McKinley Park neighborhood whole.

 
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No aldermen or alderwomen have announced their support for the commission’s map: A minimum of 10 are required to submit a map for voting in a referendum.

Racial Majorities

All three maps tally and consider how borders establish wards with racial majorities or pluralities, an element of contention especially between Latino and Black caucuses. The former proposes a map with 15 Latino majority wards, 16 African-American majority wards and one Asian-American ward.

The rules committee map posits 16 majority African-American wards, 14 majority Latino wards and also one majority Asian-American ward. The map from the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission also lays out one Asian-American majority ward, and 15 majority African-American wards and 14 majority Latino wards. For both of these maps, the Asian-American ward would cover part of McKinley Park.

Daley Thompson Opposition

All maps would extend their proposed Asian-American majority ward from Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, with McKinley Park’s burgeoning Chinese-American population powering majority counts for the rules committee and redistricting commission’s maps.

 
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In a letter to his constituents, 11th Ward Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson expressed his opposition to the rules committee map, stating “the entire McKinley Park neighborhood should remain in the 12th Ward.”

Daley Thompson is currently under federal indictment for alleged tax crimes, charges he has refuted, with trial dates set for early 2022.

Upcoming hearings of the Committee on Committees and Rules will consider the proposed ward maps on Tuesday, December 7, and Friday, December 10.


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