Joliet City Council map gets public review Monday
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org August 21, 2013 7:14PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 2:43PM
A proposed remap of Joliet City Council districts will be presented Monday at a public meeting.
The Joliet City Council Legislative Committee will review the map at 4:30 p.m. in the planning conference room at city hall.
The map was redrawn to reflect population changes since district boundaries last were set in 2004, City Manager Thomas Thanas said.
“In our case, because of all the growth that Joliet had since the last redistricting in 2004, there was a need to balance the districts again,” Thanas said.
The new boundaries drawn up by city staff are based on the 2010 Census and put about 29,000 people in each of the five council districts.
While there are some changes, the proposed boundaries are very close to what exists now, Thanas said.
The council this week decided to have the map presented at a legislative committee meeting before the full council votes on it a month later.
“I think it will be a good idea to let the public get a look at it and let it be vetted,” Councilman Robert O’Dekirk said.
O’Dekirk objected to a map presented at the council meeting on Monday, saying it looked different than others he already had seen. He also said it looked like he might have been remapped out of District 2, which he now represents. Upon further review, O’Dekirk said he still is in the district.
Thanas said the map will be put on the city website after it is presented at the legislative committee meeting.
Joliet has eight city council seats but three are for at-large representatives elected by the entire city.
Thanas said the city needed to do a remap to reflect population changes shown in the 2010 Census. But the census numbers came out too late to be factored into April 2011 district races. And a remap would not have mattered for the at-large seats that were on the ballot in this year’s election.
He has recommended that the council approve a new map by November so that it can be completed ahead of the one-year residency period required before the 2015 election for district council seats.