Areas of East Beverly & Morgan Park Re-Mapped
Be sure to check the news and updates about the re-mapping process at the bottom of the page!
On Thursday, January 19, the Chicago City Council approved a new ward map in a 41 - 8 vote.
The map passed with 41 votes, achieving the absolute minimum number of votes
required to avoid a referendum fight. Click here to see the ordinance and new map
The new ward boundaries in Beverly/Morgan Park as passed on the 19th.
For the residents of East Beverly, there have been a couple of significant changes.
The East side of the 9900 Block of Charles and the west side of the 9900 block of Malta are no longer in the 19th Ward. Also, the 21st Ward Boundaries have moved north from 107th Street to 99th Street.
As a result of this new map, from 99th street to 103rd Street East of Charles St, East Beverly residents will now all be in the 34th Ward. So, for a few hundred families in East Beverly, 34th Ward Alderman Carrie Austin
will be their new alderman. Here is contact information for the 34th Ward Office:
507 W. 111th St
Chicago, IL 60628
Also re-mapped is an area of Morgan Park bounded by Edmaire and 119th from Vincennes to the Hale around Blackwelder Park.
About ten block here are now in the 34th Ward rather than the 19th Ward.
The new ward map takes effect in the municipal elections of 2015.
See the news and updates below for the latest information
On Thursday, 16 aldermen, including the Latino Caucus, filed their own ward map proposal. Click here to open a PDF of the full proposed ordinance.
Friday, 32 other aldermen filed a second ward map proposal, the
sponsors included 19th Ward Alderman Matt O'Shea and the re-mapping
Chair Dick Mell (33rd Ward), and the City Council's Black Caucus, among
others. Click here to open a PDF of their proposed ordinance.
Both proposals were submitted for consideration at the next city council meeting on January 18th. Various news outlets have covered
the negotiations at the City Council. Alderman Mell has said that he is planning public hearings and further negotiations
in the hopes that a compromise can still be achieved to obtain the 41
votes necessary to approve a map in the City Council next month.
Without the 41 votes, it is likely that the competing maps will be
placed before city voters, to be decided by referendum, in March.
Here is how the competing proposals compare in their impact on the 19th Ward.
This is a map of the current boundaries of the 19th ward, obtained from the City's on-line mapping service:
This Map shows the two proposals, side by side. You can click them to see a larger version.
maps show each proposal superimposed over the existing ward boundaries,
you can also click on these maps to see a larger version.
appears, both from the maps and the text of the ordinances that the
19th ward is preserved in its entirety in the proposal by the Latino
However, in the alternative map sponsored by the Black
Caucus, Aldermen O'Shea, Mell and others, a couple of blocks in East
Beverly and several blocks of old Morgan Park have been moved into the
34th Ward. Also a small commercial area south of 103rd street to
Vincennes was moved from the 34th ward into the 19th ward.
If you are concerned about the possibility that your block or home could
be re-redistricted into another ward, if you are concerned about what
this may mean for city services and the historic unity of our
neighborhood, then there is a lot you can do:
- Log onto the City's redistricting website to share your
concerns, leave comments and track the progress of the re-mapping
process. Click here to visit www.chicagoredistricting.com
- Contact the BAPA to obtain a lawn sign that says "I am the 19th Ward, DON'T RE-MAP ME". Click here for BAPA's website.
- Keep informed. Come back to the East Beverly website for news and updates. "Like" the East Beverly Facebook page, and attend upcoming events.
From the folks at BAPA
Public Remap Hearings to be Held
TONIGHT -Wednesday, January 11, 2012
2324 North Fremont Street
(note: the area is known to have permitted street parking, but there is also a pay lot and metered parking on some streets)
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Progressive Baptist Church
3658 South Wentworth Avenue
Come out and show your support for the 19th Ward!
One proposal, "Map for a
Better Chicago", moves parts of East Beverly and Old Morgan Park into
other wards. BAPA supports the "Taxpayer Protection Plan" map, that
leaves the 19th Ward intact.
Tell your neighbors to attend! Show Our Unity!
Don't Remap Me stickers available at BAPA, 11107 S. Longwood Dr.
For more information contact BAPA firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 233-3100.
19th Ward Citizens voice their concerns at the November 9th Public Hearing
at Morgan Park High School. Photo by EBA president, Julianne Gorny.
Last night, November 9th, 612 concerned
citizens packed the auditorium at Morgan Park High School. Alderman and
Redistricting Committee Chair, Richard Mell, and 19th Ward Alderman
Matt O'Shea convened the public hearing to provide information about the
re-mapping process and hear citizen concerns.
Lawn Signs like this one are popping up in East Beverly
Over two dozen 19th Ward citizens stood and spoke their minds against
the possibility that the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods could be
further divided into different wards. Our neighbors spoke about the
sense of family and community shared among 19th ward residents.
Citizens spoke about the quality of services and civic engagement we
experience here in the 19th ward. We heard concerns that the
redistricting would segregate our historically integrated and diverse
neighborhood into wards based on race, rather than community.
Alderman O'Shea held a 4" think bound
volume of signed petitions at last night's hearing. Over 3,500
concerned 19th ward residents signed the petition opposing the removal
of any home from the 19th ward. The Beverly Area Planning Association
lead the petition drive, with strong support from the East Beverly
Association, the Vanderpoel Improvement Association, and several other
of the neighborhood's civic associations.
The leaders of BAPA
and our civic associations spoke last night against removing any more of
our neighborhood from the 19th ward. Alderman O'Shea, the leadership
of BAPA and the directors of the East
Beverly Association all announced their commitment to do what they can
to maintain the 19th ward's current boundaries.
Two citizens of Chatham's 6th ward also voiced concerns about how the
remapping would impact their representation at the City Council.
However, absent from the public hearing were the other members of the
redistricting committee and the other South and Southwest side Aldermen,
even though this was the only public hearing scheduled in or near the
City's Far South and Southwest sides. The City Council's Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics oversees the re-mapping of Chicago's Wards (click here to see the members of this committee).
The Southtown Star carried a report on the public hearing on November 10th. Click here for the article
Right now, the City Council is beginning the process to create a new
ward boundary map based on the results of the last census. The city
council is required to do this after each census to ensure that the
population of the City's 50 wards is evenly distributed. The only draft
map proposed so far shows a portion of East Beverly, an area around
Graver Park, being ceded to the 21st Ward. It also shows a section of
Old Morgan Park going to the 34th ward. At the Public Hearing, Alderman
O'Shea invited citizens to visit the City's re-mapping website, www.chicagoredistricgting.com
, as well as the 19th ward's website, www.the19thward.com
, for news, updates and information about the remapping process.
According to the results of the last census, there is no reason for the
19th Ward to shrink in size. In fact, because of a small decrease in
population, the 19th Ward boundaries should grow so that it has its fair
share of citizens. A vote on a new map is expected in the City Council
Be sure to "like" the new Facebook page with current info and updates about the campaign to fight changes to the boundaries of the 19th Ward:"Don't Remap the 19th Ward" on Facebook.
You do not need to have a Facebook account to follow the news and updates that are posted on this page.
So far, no new maps have been shared for public discussion and very few of the details of the city council debates on the new map have been reported in the media. For the current news and reports on the remapping debate, click on the link below for a Google News digest of recent articles:Google News digest of Chicago Ward Re-mapping articles
It is expected that there will be news about a new consensus map, or alternate and competing maps, in advance of the December 14th general City Council Meeting. An agenda for this meeting has not been made available yet, but it should be available by Monday, December 12th. Click here for the City Clerk's website
to see the current status of the publication of the City Council meeting agenda.
The Southtown Star covered the "Don't Re-Map Me" initiative in today's paper. Click here
to read the article.
Today's Chicago Tribune included an editorial about how the re-mapping process is being managed. Click here
to read the editorial.
The Beverly Area Planning Association has updated their website with information about the efforts to retain the 19th Ward's current boundaries:http://www.bapa.org/content.asp?contentid=188
Be sure to check back for news and updates.