The Latino Policy Forum plans to release an analysis critical of the City Council's redistricting of ward boundaries later today. The civil rights group argues that the ward remap unsatisfactorily represents the city's growing Latino population. The Chicago City Council, needing 41 votes to approve a new ward map, voted for a new map 41-8 last Thursday. Seven of eight members of the Latino caucus voted "yes" as the map includes 13 wards with majority Latino populations.
Butthe Latino Policy Forum wants 14, not 13, majority Latino wards. Further, the group notes that three of these 13 wards have Latino populations of less than 60 percent. The Policy Forum recommends that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sue the city. Progress Illinois has previously reported that by rolling out their own, "Equitable Map" MALDEF perhaps positioned themselves to launch legal action.