Chicago aldermen oppose suspending rules to allow vote on revised ward map proposal
CHICAGO - Two North Side members of the city council urged their colleagues Monday to block an effort by the Latino Caucus to redraw their proposed ward maps.
A council coalition led by the Latino Caucus has now allied with a group of political reformers and wants to tweak the proposed ward map they filed several months ago.
Opponents fear it would only strengthen their chances of winning a voter referendum in June and want to block any changes.
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"This creates tremendous confusion for the voters," said Ald. Michele Smith (43rd Ward).
"We are asking our colleagues to vote against the suspension of the rules which would set a dangerous precedent and policy for future votes like this," said Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward).
Those who favor allowing a new version of the proposed ward map to be considered by voters said it's a simple matter of fairness.
"We had Change Illinois involved every step of the way and some of the other reform groups that are advocating for a more open process. They were partners with us and they were largely shut out of the other process," said Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward).
A competing map drawn by a coalition led by the Black Caucus ultimately may be decided by voters on June 28 primary election.