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Redistricting Task Force Recommends New Ward Map

In order to complete the task, Mayor DeWitte and the City Council established a "Redistricting Task Force" of three aldermen to work with city staff and legal counsel to redraw the wards.

The City of St. Charles is divided into five districts, or wards, for the purpose of electing aldermen to the City Council. As a result of the 2010 census, the City of St. Charles is required to review its ward boundaries and make changes to balance population. The wards must also be compact.

The 2010 census showed population growth in the west and northwest portions of St. Charles. The wards needed to be adjusted to reduce disparity in population. In addition, the prior map had some irregular boundaries that needed to be corrected.

In order to complete the task, Mayor DeWitte and the City Council established a "Redistricting Task Force" of three aldermen to work with city staff and legal counsel to redraw the wards. Aldermen Jim Martin, Cliff Carrignan, and Bill Turner were appointed to this task force.

The task force held its first meeting on Monday, Oct. 24. At this meeting, the task force received guidance from legal counsel and discussed a series of proposed changes. A second meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 5, to review a proposed map. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Redistricting Task Force recommended that a draft map be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration.

The Government Operations Committee is slated to review the proposed map at the Feb. 6 meeting. City Council approval could take place as early as Feb. 20.

You can view the city's current ward map here.

You can view a version of the recommended map here.

You can view population totals for the proposed map here.

You can view voting age population totals for the proposed map here.

In performing the task of redrawing the map, the task force followed certain legal requirements, including balancing population (i.e. deviation of no more than 1 percent). The group also considered typical neighborhood boundaries as well as commonly recognized geographic barriers in the community (e.g., Main Street and the Fox River).

The City will accept public comments on the proposed map at the February 6th meeting. Interested parties can also e-mail questions or comments to cao@stcharlesil.gov

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Sue Tills December 18, 2011 at 02:02 PM
They should leave the northern part of the Harvest Hills subdivision in dist. 5. If either the Corporate Reserve housing project or the Lexington Club subdivision happen all those additional people will be in dist. 3. Why divide a subdivision now when it looks like dist. 3 is going to be way over capacity before the next redistricting.
Brian Townsend December 19, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Ms. Tills - Thanks for the comment. The city will look at the possibility of keeping the Harvest Hills neighborhood in Ward 5 to see if it can be accomplished while still maintaining population balance of +/- 1%, as recommended by our attorney. Also, the city must consider existing census data and is not permitted to consider potential population growth as a factor in the redistricting process. To do so would be purely speculative.

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