What changes would you support to the redistricting process?

General

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To protect the continuity of neighborhoods I would support redistricting maps that better
resemble square shapes.

I could support a computer generated ward map based on ethnic population to prevent
gerrymandering of wards.

It would be more transparent,
and overseen by an independent community committee.

That it be based on nonpartisan
criteria and not to benefit any specific individual or political party.

I support redistricting that is designed to protect communities of interest over political interests

I would support an ordinance requiring that redistricting be based on a non-partisan
criterion.

Redistricting has already been completed and we will follow the protocols that are in
place.

I support the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to assign new districts.

Community input

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Objective and public feedback is needed in redrawing the maps, including community leaders being part of the process. The secret closed door politics creates wards that disenfranchise and confuse neighbors. The worst part is how remapping can create complacency, and this process being secretive leads to many people distrusting local government.

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I would like to see the redistricting process be non-partisan. Electoral maps should be
drawn based on population not on how best to ensure electoral dominance for either party.

I would support more public input to the process and the look at the possibility of having independent auditors put forth recommendations.

The “done by politicians, for politicians” approach to redistricting is clearly broken. I would support the development of an independent board of citizens empowered to redistrict based on a clear set of criteria. We must remove politics from the equation.

I support a fair and sensible map that best serves the residents of the City of Chicago and specifically my communities. Obviously gerrymandering and picking favorite constituencies, or ‘giving away’ others, are practices that go against the basic principles of fairness and good sense. Voters should not have to use Google Maps to track their ward boundaries. I am fortunate that the 50th Ward, and my neighbors, have what I would consider normal boundaries with squared off shapes making it easy to delineate who lives where.

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I believe that the redistricting process should be less political and voted on by a referendum. The wards and districts should be based less on politics and preserving the power of incumbents and more on keeping communities and neighborhoods together. An independent non-political entity can help create legal maps and then the maps can be put as a referendum on a ballot. The people should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Redistricting is so important to a fair democracy, that I think it should be put into the hands of an
independent body which would accept proposals from the public at large.

It should be a public and transparent process. It also needs to make senses geographically so
that an Alderman can efficiently represent their constituents.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I am in favor of a gridlike system that will create contiguous wards that take in large parts, if not
the entirety, of a neighborhood. I believe it is possible to have a gridlike system in Chicago while
upholding Section II of the Voting Rights Act.

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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I would support a fair allocation of voters, businesses and budget dollars to the redistricting
process.

Insuring representation in all
wards proportionately of all race and ethnic and nationalistic residents as much as possible. All
have different agendas that need to be represented.

I would recommend a community based redistricting process that develops independent analysts
of the ward maps.

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There should be an independent council set up to redraw districts. Requests can be made by Aldermen, but geographically contiguous districts will be best for the residents of Chicago. Logical boundaries between communities already exist and should not be straddled for political reasons.

Take it out of the hands of the city council and put it into the hands of a non-partisan citizen board with full transparency so that citizens can review the changes and provide feedback.

I am open to requiring that wards be more geographically rational.

I would support a completely independent assessment based upon a geographical community areas and specifically eliminate the politics of ensuring an incumbent remains in office by redistricting the wards to benefit his/her voter base.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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See my answer to question
14 above.

I believe in an Iowa-like redistricting process, with attention paid to neighborhood boundaries, is
the best way to remove the improper influence of incumbents choosing their constituents.

I believe the redistricting process needs to be reformed to be more accountable to the people of
Chicago. We need to keep Chicago’s people and neighborhoods together while striving to
exclude the role of politics in redistricting. The most recent redistricting effort (particularly the
Second Ward map) showed that some boundaries were drawn on a purely political basis, with
no thought to maintaining a governable ward encompassing one or two neighborhoods.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Chicago is a city that demands
50 Alderman, to properly manage each segment of the city

I believe in an Iowa-like redistricting process, with attention paid to neighborhood boundaries, is
the best way to remove the improper influence of incumbents choosing their constituents.