The Chicago City Council has passed the compromise ward remap featuring 18 Black wards, 13 Hispanic wards, and 2 Hispanic influence wards, thereby avoiding a costly referendum vote.
The map passed 41 to 8 after Alds. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Nick Sposato (36th) tried unsuccessfully to postpone council consideration on the issue. The aldermen are displeased with the map due to its effect on their wards: Fioretti is now in the 28th ward due to the odd shape of the new 2nd ward and newbie Sposato's ward is now 61 percent Hispanic, putting his chances for re-election in jeopardy.
According to tweets by the city clerk, in addition to Fioretti and Sposato, Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th), Michael Zalewski (23rd), Michael Chandler (24th), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Rey Colon (35th), and John Arena (45th) voted 'no' on the new ward map. Check back with Progress Illinois for more on the ward remap and vote.