In terms of racial representation, the maps are much the same. The last map, adopted in 2012, had five majority Black districts (the 1st through 5th) and three majority Latino districts (7th, 8th and 16th). The new proposed map maintains the same number: two West Side and three South Side Black districts and three Latino districts on Chicago’s Northwest and Southwest Sides and in the west suburbs.
While the Latino population has grown as a proportion of the county’s overall count since 2010, it’s been spread through the city and suburbs. But commissioners representing majority-Black districts saw their populations drop and in turn, their district boundaries needed to extend to capture more constituents. For example, 1st District Commissioner Brandon Johnson picked up bits of Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. And 5th District Commissioner Deb Sims’ new boundaries stretch into Alsip, Oak Forest and Crestwood. South Suburban Commissioner Donna Miller’s district is picking up parts of Hickory Hills.
The League of Women Voters did log their opposition to commissioners drawing their own maps, imploring the board to let an independent body draw boundaries after the 2030 census, and chided the committee for doing so much of its work behind closed doors.