Chicago City Council continues to meet on ward re-map

January 17, 2012

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Chicago aldermen are still hashing out a compromise on re-drawing ward boundaries.

Tuesday the Chicago City Council rules committee is scheduled to meet on changing the city ward map. Aldermanic boundaries are being altered because of changes in population from the most recent census. The Latino and black caucuses of the city council have competing maps.

Third Ward Ald. Pat Dowell said she doesn’t think a vote will happen this week. She said aldermen are still attending public hearings. She backs the black caucus map.

"What I think is happening is great conversation is occurring between the various caucuses. We have been attending these public meetings and hearing feedback from the community about the map," Dowell said.

A redistricting public hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday on the West Side. And the rules committee plans to meet again on Thursday.

At one public meeting last week, residents accused aldermen of trying to protect their own seats.

Last week the leaders of both caucuses said they had reached a compromise.