Aldermen Nicholas Sposato and Toni Foulkes could be facing an uncertain political future if a Chicago ward map proposal presented by the City Council’s Latino Caucus is accepted.
With the map proposal, four additional Latino-dominant wards would be created, but the possible relining of Sposato’s 36th Ward, and Foulkes’ 15th Ward would leave them with a different demographic than that which elected them.
The map proposal, which was introduced Thursday, had Ald. Sposato saying, “You’re gutting out the heart of my ward…Bottom line to me is they want to put me in a Hispanic-majority ward.”
Historically, the boundaries of Sposato’s ward, which sits on Chicago’s Northwest Side, have given him a predominantly white ward, but that could change.
Foulkes’ South Side ward is currently African-American predominantly, but with the new proposal, his area too would become predominantly Latino, which he called “unfair”.