A screen capture of the new Coalition Map shows prospective ward boundaries for Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood as proposed by the city council's Latino Caucus and the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission.

New Coalition Ward Map Keeps McKinley Park Whole

Published February 18, 2022

The Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus and the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission have announced they have joined forces to together advocate for a ward map of Chicago to be decided in a voter referendum next summer.

 
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Their new Coalition Map, an amalgamation of the two maps each group previously proposed, keeps Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood entirely within the 12th Ward. This map contrasts with that from Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules, which irregularly divides McKinley Park between 11th and 12th wards.

 
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“The improved Coalition Map reflects some of the same values and priorities of The People’s Map, is more compact, and splits fewer communities compared to the alternative map,” said Chaundra Van Dyk, Chicago Project Manager for CHANGE Illinois, the sponsoring group of the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission.

“The Coalition Map will give the people of Chicago a stronger voice,” she said.

The new Coalition Map offers a prospective division of Chicago's 50 wards.

 

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission’s final map had cut the McKinley Park neighborhood in half; their new Coalition Map with the Latino Caucus keeps the neighborhood whole.

41 of 50 for Approval

For decades, the divisions of Chicago’s wards has been decided by secretive, internal collusion within the Chicago City Council and mayor’s office through a process that requires 41 out of 50 aldermen and alderwomen to agree on a map lest voters decide.

A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the City of Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules shows the McKinley Park neighborhood irregularly divided between the 12th Ward (green overlay) and the 11the Ward (brown overlay).A screen snapshot of the proposed map from the City of Chicago’s Committee on Committees and Rules shows the McKinley Park neighborhood irregularly divided between the 12th Ward (green overlay) and the 11th Ward (brown overlay).As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, more than 30 council members support the current rules committee map, which must receive approval of 41 by the drop-dead deadline of May 19, 2022, or maps will be voted on in the primary election on June 28, 2022.

Map Differences

For the McKinley Park neighborhood, the main difference between the rules committee and coalition maps is the border between 11th and 12th wards on the east end of the community area.

 
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The Coalition Map sets the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River (aka Bubbly Creek) as the dividing line between 11th and 12th wards, which mirrors the official community area borders between McKinley Park and Bridgeport.

The Rules Committee Map partially uses South Ashland Avenue as the dividing line between 11th and 12th wards, but juts further into the McKinley Park neighborhood north of West 35th Street and south of South Archer Avenue, placing this area inside the 11th Ward.

 
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Affluent Tendril

Also in the Rules Committee Map, a tendril of the 11th Ward reaches over to include a city block of large, newer single family houses on the 3800 blocks of South Hermitage Avenue and South Paulina Street.

Both maps keep the historic Central Manufacturing District along Pershing Road and the adjacent Norfolk Southern Railway's rail yard within the 12th Ward. Both also propose an 11th Ward that is majority Asian-American.

 
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Based on recent reporting in Block Club Chicago by Justin Laurence and other sources, the Latino Caucus plans to stand by its proposed Coalition Map and press for a voters referendum this summer.

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