Sunday, December 04, 2011

36th Ward completely redrawn — the voters’ reward for electing a new guy - Chicago Sun-Times

36th Ward completely redrawn — the voters’ reward for electing a new guy - Chicago Sun-Times
The new alderman there is Nicholas Sposato, a former firefighter who got the job by beating John Rice in April. Rice had been appointed to the post on the recommendation of his more powerful predecessor, William J.P. Banks, the long-time Democratic ward committeeman.

In what surely qualifies as a prime example of the law of unintended consequences, the City Council’s mapmakers have preliminarily decided that the reward for 36th Ward voters who threw off the yoke of the Machine is to take away their ward.

The proposed new 36th Ward would abandon three-fourths of its current territory to move eastward in two prongs so that it can become a 67 percent Latino majority ward, filling a need to add another Latino ward on the North Side because of population shifts.
You can bet that new Hispanic Alderman's going to be a Machine Alderman first.

H/T Joe Lake

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