* Change Illinois…
What would a Chicago redistricting process look like if it included community input? Well, as it currently stands, we wouldn’t know. That’s because the mandated remap process hasn’t traditionally included input from Chicagoans. Instead, the process has been exclusionary, occurring behind closed doors, and effectively splintering neighborhoods while gerrymandering wards to protect incumbent aldermen. […]
Out of 260 survey respondents, 251, or 96 percent, either agreed or strongly agreed that the remap process must include input from people in Chicago’s communities. […]
Those who took the survey live in 39 of Chicago’s 50 wards. […]
Those who participated in the survey represent the diversity of Chicago:
• 58% of respondents identified as female
• 66% respondents were between the ages of 18-39
• 13% of respondents identified as African American/Black
• 19% of respondents identified as Latinx
• 47% of respondents identified as Caucasian
• 4% of respondents identified as East Asian
• 3% of respondents identified as South Asian or Southeast Asian
Um, what? That survey doesn’t “represent” the city’s diversity.
According to the US Census Bureau, Chicago is about 30 percent Black, 29 percent Latino and 33 percent white.