CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some contentious re-mapping negotiations are going down in City Council.
After 2020 census data revealed changes in Chicago's racial dynamic, Latino and Black aldermen raced to propose new wards in a remap fight.
The city's Latino population grew by more than 40,000 residents since 2010, but the city lost nearly 85,000 Black residents.
Latino aldermen looking to increase their representation in City Council proposed changing two predominantly Black wards to Latino wards.
“The bottom line is, it has to start somewhere,” Latino Caucus chairman, 36th Ward Ald. Gilbert Villegas told the Chicago Tribune.
“This is our start. We’ve been communicating with our colleagues. And we’ve been talking to them, mapping with them, working with them to try to get to a point, those that want to work with us."
The Tribune also reports that the 20 aldermen in the Black Caucus will bring forward their own plan to try to avoid losing seats, despite population loss. At least 41 of the 50 aldermen need to agree on a map for it to be approved.