Bickering among aldermen may force referendum on Chicago ward remap

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Tempers flared Monday between African-American and LatinX aldermen as the deadline for redrawing Chicago’s ward boundaries draws near.

The Rules Committee was expected to outline a proposed remap of the city’s 50 wards. It is factoring in new population numbers, which could increase Hispanic representation on the City Council.

But 8th Ward Ald. Michelle Harris, the panel’s chair, said the map wasn’t ready partly because LatinX aldermen produced their own map independently.

Ald. Gilbert Villegas of the 36th Ward, who leads the council’s Latino Caucus, suggested his members did request changes, to no avail.

He says Latino voters could end up being disenfranchised.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, blamed the committee for trying to force Latinos to expand their growing populations only in certain directions.

If 41 Council members cannot agree on a single map by Wednesday, the matter could be put to  a voter referendum between rival maps.