After a complex and controversial ward redistricting and remap process that ended in a City Council vote yesterday, some Chicago residents were sent clarifying and celebratory emails from their alderman responding to the outcome. But those responses were varied, depending on the ward.
Joe Moore of the 49th Ward praised his far North Side neighbors--40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and 50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein--for helping "to draw ward boundaries that corresponded as closely as possible to the local community area boundaries." He added, "Though population requirements prevented us from drawing wards identical to our community areas, I believe we did as well as we possibly could." He also linked to WBEZ's interactive map of the new ward map.
And for Moore, two is better than one: "Practically speaking, the folks whose homes are being re-drawn into new wards will enjoy the short-term benefit of having two aldermen represent them," he wrote of the new boundaries that would temporarily make him and O'Connor oversee some of the same territory.
Alderman Proco Joe Moreno (1st) was more colorful with his commentary, which he slipped into a longer newsletter about ward happenings, like Adult Trivia Night.
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