Chicago City Council remap will alter political landscape - chicagotribune.com: "Because Democrats run Chicago, remap debates are about race and ethnicity, not party affiliation. They're often contentious.
Much changed in the ethnic and racial makeup of the city from 2000 to 2010, when the population dropped to just under 2.7 million. A loss of about 200,000 people will shrink the average size of each ward to about 53,900 people.
The biggest decline was among African-Americans, whose numbers dropped by about 182,000 as the city tore down public housing high-rises, the foreclosure crisis left swaths of South Side and West Side communities vacant and blacks moved to the suburbs. The white population also fell, by nearly 53,000.
Meanwhile, the number of Latinos rose by about 25,000. The Asian population grew by more than 20,000.
If the ethnic and racial makeup of the city mirrored its population, the council would have 16 whites, 16 blacks, 15 Latinos and three Asians. But the way wards get carved up — by politicians trying to maintain or grow power while not running afoul of federal and state voting protections for minorities — is far from that simple.
The council now has 22 white members, 19 African-Americans, eight Latinos and one alderman of Indian descent — a combination well out of sync with the makeup of the Chicago following the 2000 census."
If you want to drill down into the data go here: http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/ward-redistricting/index.html
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