Vote on Ward Remap Scheduled for Thursday

If aldermen can't agree, question will go to voters in March 20th Primary

The ongoing drama over Chicago's ward remap could be winding down.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday called a special meeting of the City Council to vote on redistricting proposals, according to a Tweet by Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza.

Members will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. to pore over maps submitted by the black and Latino caucuses, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Pro Bono Thinking Society. Compare the Proposed Maps

Public remap hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 2010 census showed that Chicago's African American population dipped by nearly 200,000. Whites also left the city, to the tune of about 52,500, while Chicago's Hispanic population grew -- and is expected to continue growing

If 41 of the 50 aldermen can't agree on what Chicago's ward map should look like, the question will be put to voters in the March 20th Primary Election. The 1990 remap referendum cost taxpayers $20 million, the Chicago Sun-Times reported last month.

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