WBEZ | ward remap http://www.wbez.org/tags/ward-remap Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en WBEZ inspires architecture student to create ward map puzzle http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2012-01-26/wbez-inspires-architecture-student-create-ward-map-puzzle-95857 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/map 2_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A puzzle of the recently passed Chicago ward map, something you&#39;d probably see at the MCA gift shop, or perhaps made by a particularly inventive craftsman at the Renegade Craft Fair, has been making the rounds on the internet.</p><p>Andrew Bayley, an architecture student at the&nbsp;Illinois Institute of Technology, made the map last week based off of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/approved-ward-map-95662">WBEZ&#39;s interactive feature</a> on the ward maps,&quot; <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/160858/architecture-student-creates-jigsaw-puzzle-to-illustrate-chicagos-confusing-ward-lines/">he told Poynter</a>.&nbsp;&quot;I had been following the redistricting process mostly through WBEZ.org&rsquo;s blog page. They were the only news outfit that I could find that was creating actual maps to accompany the competing redistricting plans.&quot; (We&#39;re blushing.) He also <a href="http://irresponsiblearchitecture.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/irresponsible-governance/">paid homage</a> to <em>Chicago Reader</em> writer <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/01/25/chicagos-50-wardsthe-jigsaw-version">Ben Joravsky</a> for &quot;doing such an exhaustive job of exposing this city&#39;s unique brand of civic governance....&quot;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-26/map 2.jpg" style="width: 444px; height: 600px;" title="(Photo by Andrew Bayley)" /></p><p>We reached out to Bayley, thanking him for reading, and wondering what his plans were, considering how his puzzle has taken off. To us, it seemed perfect for Chicagoans, who we&#39;ve seen time and time again take huge pride in their map (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-city-flag-everything-everyone-94898">as well as their flag</a>).&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Being in grad school, I&#39;m a bit too busy to make a ton of the puzzles, so I am limiting the wood version to five, two of which have buyers already,&quot; he told us via email. &quot;Since so many people have responded to the piece, however, that I am planning on doing a run of 30 white cardboard versions that will be considerably more affordable.&quot;</p><p>The current puzzle is&nbsp;18&quot; x 24&quot;, and made from Baltic Birch plywood.&nbsp;According to<a href="http://www.andrewbayley.net/chicago-ward-jigsaw-puzzle.html"> Bayley&#39;s site</a>, it was &quot;created out of the desire to expose how ridiculous the political process is in our town, [but] this puzzle also lets you have fun with the city.&quot;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-26/map 1.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 407px;" title="(Photo by Andrew Bayley)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2012-01-26/wbez-inspires-architecture-student-create-ward-map-puzzle-95857 Aldermen email constituents about the ward remap, each in their own way http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2012-01-20/aldermen-email-constituents-about-ward-remap-each-their-own-way-95695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/ward remap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>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&nbsp;possible to&nbsp;the local community area boundaries." He added, "Though population requirements prevented us from drawing wards identical to our community areas, I believe we&nbsp;did as well as we possibly could." He also linked to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/amid-parliamentary-maneuvering-chicago-aldermen-approve-new-ward-map-95658">WBEZ's interactive map of the new ward map</a>.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. "I'm delighted to report that our long municipal&nbsp;redistricting nightmare is finally over," Moreno wrote. "<strong>The 1st Ward is largely&nbsp;how I wanted it to be. I didn't really want to lose anyone but everyone had to</strong>."</p><p>Alderman Richard F. Mell's (33rd) note didn't editorialize much, but seemed to have missed a run through the spelling and grammar check:</p><p>"I well remember the the redistricting process resulting from the 1990 U.S. Census that costed (sic) the City of Chicago more that $25,000,000 in legal fees and only changed ward boundaries by a few blocks. Since I became the chairman of the Committee on Committees, Rules &amp; Ethics, I vowed to made it my top priority to deliver to the taxpayers of this city a redistricting map that will pass constitutional muster and is legally defensible regarding court rulings regarding the Voting Rights Act as well as attract enough votes in the council to avert an expensive referendum. With the map that my colleagues and I passed yesterday, I truly believe that I have accomplished that goal."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-20/ward remap.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 192px;" title="The beginning of an email from Alderman Michele Smith (43rd)">And Michele Smith (43rd) announced that the ward remap had "saved" Lincoln Park, praising her constituents by saying "<strong>This Could Not Have Been Accomplished Without You</strong>" (emphasis hers).&nbsp;<strong>"</strong>Without your hard work, our community would have been divided into fragments that do not reflect traditional neighborhood boundaries. In the original proposal, almost half of Lincoln Park would have been excised from the 43rd Ward." She also thanked&nbsp;Moreno, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, as well as with the Latino Caucus.&nbsp;</p><p>However, she mourned the loss of part of the ward, saying that she was "forced to say goodbye to some old friends," but congratulating her lost constituents for getting to be a part of the new 2nd ward under Alderman Bob Fioretti (Fioretti was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/testing-testingis-thing-95684">on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> this morning</a>, discussing how he was outmaneuvered in the remap process, which included City Council turning his mic off).&nbsp;</p><p>Has your alderman contacted you about whether you'll be staying or going, and whether they're happy with it? Do you wish they had?</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2012-01-20/aldermen-email-constituents-about-ward-remap-each-their-own-way-95695 City Council anticipating ward map compromise--and parliamentary maneuvers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/Hearing1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The remap of Chicago's 50 wards was not quite a done deal. The Chicago <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/" target="_blank">City Council</a>'s rules committee met Thursday morning and they were expected to pass a compromise map. However, it may not get past the full City Council Thursday because at least two aldermen plan to delay a vote with a parliamentary procedure called a, "defer and publish." WBEZ's reporter Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from City Hall and WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-ward-remap-hearing-draws-thin-crowd-95639">Chip Mitchell</a> joined the show from WBEZ's West Side bureau, near where a public hearing on the map was held Wednesday night. Then, former alderman Helen Shiller (46<sup>th</sup>) related her experience of having to go through the process of remaps after the 1990 and 2000 censuses.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver Public sounds off on ward remap proposals http://www.wbez.org/story/public-sounds-ward-remap-proposals-95479 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/forweb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Frustrated Chicagoans accused aldermen of shattering communities to protect their incumbencies at the first public hearing on the city’s ward remap process Wednesday night.</p><p>At least 600 people flooded into DePaul University’s Student Center in Lincoln Park, with many forced to wait temporarily outside closed doors due to concerns that attendance would exceed fire code limits. For three hours, scores of city residents hurled criticism at the more than 20 attending aldermen, and the two maps they created.</p><p>“This map is unwise for all Chicagoans, because it not only shatters our communities, it fails to accurately reflect the city’s current ethnic and racial balance,” said Daniel Varanauski, President of the Wrightwood Neighbors Association in the 43rd Ward, where the hearing was held.</p><p>Varanauski and hundreds of other 43rd Ward residents came to put pressure on council members against the map that appears to be gaining the most traction at City Hall – The Map for a Better Chicago.&nbsp; That map, proposed by the council’s Black Caucus, would carve the 43rd Ward on Chicago’s North Side into five wards.</p><p>“If adopted, as Alderman (Michelle) Smith (43rd) suggested, costly litigation would result,” added Varanauski. “Moreover, it is so gerrymandered that ward services could not be delivered effectively.”</p><p>The meeting was heavily attended by residents of Chicago’s North Side, who have felt largely cut out of the political jockeying between the city’s two largest minority groups – Hispanics and African-Americans – on the South and West Sides. &nbsp;</p><p>“I am an angry citizen tonight. This is a joke of a map,” said 43rd Ward resident Colleen Day, referring to the Map for a Better Chicago.&nbsp; “I will no longer live in my ward. I will live in the 2nd Ward. My daughter will go to school in the 43rd Ward, which is 100 feet from my house. My police station will be in the 44th Ward,” she said. “Who do I go talk to when I have a problem?”</p><p>“The Map for a Better Chicago seems to me to be just protecting incumbents instead of reflecting the actual demographics of the City of Chicago,” said Bob Stein of the 43rd Ward. “I don’t understand how this type of old Chicago-style politics, in this day and age, can still be happening.”</p><p>Stein and many others said they prefer the map proposed by the City Council’s Hispanic Caucus, called the Taxpayer Protection Map. They said that map conforms more closely with existing ward and neighborhood boundaries on the North Side.</p><p>At times Alderman Richard Mell (33rd), Chairman of City Council’s Committee on Rules, responded to comments and questions posed directly to the aldermen. “I don’t think any of these colleagues up here would want a change,” said Mell at one point, gesturing to his fellow aldermen seated next to and behind him on the stage. “If they could keep the ward exactly the way they wanted, they’d be very, very happy to do it.”</p><p>Mell told one speaker that the Map for a Better Chicago overpopulated North Side Wards and underpopulated South Side wards, thereby weighting individuals’ votes unequally, because it was necessary to get more aldermen to sign onto the plan. &nbsp;</p><p>“I can guarantee you that not one person here is thrilled with these maps that are up here right now,” said Mell.</p><p>Other aldermen at the hearing included Joe Moreno (1st), Robert Fioretti (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Leslie Hairston (5th), John Pope (10th), James Balcer (11th), George Cardenas (12th), Toni Foulkes (15), JoAnn Thompson (16th), Latasha Thomas (17th), Howard Brookins (21st), Daniel Solis (25th), Walter Burnett (27th), Ariel Reboyras (30th), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Rey Colon (35th), Nicholas Sposato (36th), Michelle Smith (43rd), Thomas Tunney (44th), and John Arena (45th).</p><p>But with aldermen possibly voting on new boundaries for Chicago’s wards as soon as next week, several speakers said the public hearing felt like a sham.</p><p>“Is this a fait accompli?” asked Edwin Marshall, resident of the 43rd Ward. “How many are you taking these statements seriously?,” he asked the aldermen. “Is this an exercise in futility?”</p><p>Many asked the aldermen to take more time either to create a new map, or to more fully consider the impact of the two main maps on neighborhoods. The City Council plans to hold three additional public hearings before voting on a map.</p></p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 06:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/public-sounds-ward-remap-proposals-95479