2nd Ward Map Proposal introduced

A second remapping proposal was submitted to the Chicago City Clerk Friday. The proposal is in opposition to a proposal submitted by about 16 aldermen on Thursday.

Signing on to this proposal are area Aldermen Ameya Pawar, Dick Mell, Pat O’Connor, Harry Osterman and James Cappleman. A total of 32 aldermen have sponsored the second map proposal.

Alderman Scott Waguespack has signed on to sponsor a map largely supported by the Latino aldermen that was submitted on Thursday.

Passage through City Council by December 31 by 41 votes would preclude a public ballot on the proposal. That seems very doubtful now.

A simple majority vote of the Council, 26 votes, will cause adoption of a map. However, if that happens, the map would still require approval of the voters.


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Cassidy seeking citizens for advisory committee

14th Dist. Illinois Rep. Kelly Cassidy is looking for citizens willing to work with her on the legislative process in five areas: Economic Development, Public Safety, Environment, Senior Issues and Education.

Cassidy, who was appointed by Democratic Ward Committeemen to fill the term of Ald. Harry Osterman, said the committees will meet about once each quarter.

“I look forward to the ideas that citizen advisory committee members will have on legislation,” Cassidy said in a press release.

  • To apply for an opening, contact Rep. Cassidy
    • +1.773.784.2002
    • RepCassidy@GMail.com

Ravenswood to be split into two wards under Black Caucus remap proposal

Current ward boundaries (in red) and a proposal by the Black Caucus (in blue) would shift the 40th and the 47th Wards south.

A proposal unveiled yesterday by the Chicago City Council Black Caucus would split the Ravenswood community between the 40th and the 47th Wards. The two wards boundaries would move south by about one mile under the proposal.

The proposal is the first in what promises to be a contentious debate over redistricting in the city, a once a decade process of giving equal weight to each voter in legislative bodies.

The caucus proposed 19 majority black wards and 13 majority Hispanic wards in the 50 member chamber. Previously there had been 20 majority black wards and eleven Hispanic wards.

The city’s Hispanic population has grown by about 25,000 in the last decade while the city’s black population has fallen by about 181,000, according to census figures. Caucasian populations have also fallen.

The caucus, which was unanimous in its proposal, is seeking to maintain the number of black wards through a theory called non- retrogression. That legal idea is that once granted, a right may not be taken away. The caucus holds that non-retrogression requires every effort must be made to guarantee at least 20 black wards in the remap.

The 40th and the 47th Wards would move about one mile south under the proposal.  Parts of Horner Park East and all of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood north of Montrose would be placed in the 40th Ward if the map is adopted.

Ravenswood Manor, currently in the 33rd Ward, would be represented by the 39th Ward. The 39th Ward would also represent some areas in Budlong Woods. Ravenswood Manor is currently districted into the 33rd Ward.

Both the 40th and the 47th Wards would extend west of the Chicago River to represent areas in Irving Park.

Andersonville, currently represented by four wards, would find most of the business district north of Foster represented by the 48th Ward. The business district south of Foster by the 46th Ward.

The 47th Ward southern boundary would extend to about Wrightwood and would include most of Roscoe Village.

Lathrop Homes and parts of western Roscoe Village would be in the 38th Ward.

Some adjustments were also proposed in the boundaries on the eastern side of the 40th and the 47th Wards.

The caucus noted that it had not worked with Hispanic aldermen on the proposal. In answer to a question from The Bulldog, it also noted it has not presented or consulted with political power houses such as Joe Berrios, Michael Madigan, Dick Mell, Pat O’Connor or Ed Burke about their plan.

It also did not use a state Voting Rights Act doctrine called minority influence district. Finally, the caucus noted it did not take into account Asian communities as they are not a protected minority.

The minority influence district holds that if a minority has a sizable population, but not a majority, the population should not be divided into multiple districts. The theory allowed a sizable, but still minority, population of Asians to be considered in the drawing of districts north and west of Ravenswood.

A concern the caucus did apparently consider were the home address of current aldermen. They noted that no incumbent would be required to run against another incumbent under their plan.

The caucus also provided evidence they considered neighborhood communities in its proposal.

A neighborhood community is a city defined area. There is no city defined area called Ravenswood. The area we generally consider Ravenswood is comprised of two other communities, North Center and Lincoln Square.

State legislators heard considerable testimony about communities of interest, a term that drilled down deeper into our city, considering such things as churches, schools, ethnic groups and other geographic areas with a shared sense of identity.


Ward Alderman Democratic Committeeman Republican Committeeman Minority


Joe Moreno

Jesse Ruben Juarez

Kathleen Cordes



Scott Waguespack

John Fritchey

John Curry


Dick Mell

Dick Mell

Lisa Reed



Timothy Cullerton

Patricia J Cullerton

Kevin Edward White


Margaret Laurino

Randy Barnette

William Miceli


Pat O’Connor

Pat O’Connor

Steve Seiling


Michele Smith

Michele Smith

Doug Glick


Thomas Tunney

Thomas Tunney

Jim Fuchs


James Cappleman

Tom Sharpe

Diane Shapiro


Ameya Pawar

Eugene Schulter

David Ratowitz


Harry Osterman

Carol Ronen

Adam Robinson


Debra Silverstein

Ira Silverstein

Kenneth Hollander


Democracy in action as committeemen choose legislator

RogersPark.com has a detailed report on the appointment of Kelly Cassidy to take the spot of Harry Osterman in the Illinois legislature.

Osterman, who won reelection in November 2010, won a seat in the Chicago City Council in February 2011 elections.

Twenty candidates sought the office. Democratic committeemen questioned the candidates on their commitment to supporting women’s right to choose, gun rights, concealed carry, equal rights, same-sex marriage and the state budget, according to Kurt Fujio.

Jeanne Wrenn, Paula Basta and Kelly Cassidy were asked to address the committeemen in private, according to RogersPark.com.

Read more at RogersPark.com.

Kelly Cassidy appointed to Osterman seat

Kelly Cassidy, a community activist working with the LBGT community and prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney office, was appointed by Democratic committeemen to complete the term of Harry Osterman to the Illinois Statehouse.

Osterman, elected to the 14th Illinois Legislative district in November, was also elected to Chicago City Council in elections in February. He resigned his statehouse seat to accept the four year aldermanic seat.

Cassidy will serve in the seat till the end of the current legislative session.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports 23 persons applied with the Democrats for the position. Although a number of Democratic committeemen had votes, the majority of the votes were held, by state law, by Carol Ronen.

Paula Basta, one of the 23 candidates and the regional director of the Levy Senior Center, has announced she will oppose Cassidy in the 2012 general election. Basta made the announcement in an interview with Gay Chicago Magazine.

Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Read more in Advocate.

Read more in On Top Magazine.


Kelly Cassidy and Paula Batsa in lead for 14th Dist. seat: Hinz

Two candidates are leading the pack to take the Illinois House seat now held by Harry Osterman, according to Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business.

Osterman is resigning the seat to accept a seat on the Chicago City Council.

As previously reported in The Bulldog Democratic committeemen will select a replacement for Osterman at a meeting. Because of state law, Carol Ronen’s vote is the only vote of real importance in the race.

The contenders are Paula Batsa and Kelly Cassidy. There are other contenders too, Hinz notes.

Batsa is a staffer in the Chicago Dept. of Aging.

Cassidy is an assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney office.

Read more at Crain’s Chicago Business.

48th Ward a ‘democracy free zone’: NBC Ward Room

It has been 15 years since a newbie was elected to represent the Illinois House District held now by Harry Osterman, according to NBC Channel 5 Ward Room.

In that time that district and adjoining districts have seen the seats turn over several times.

NBC didn’t even mention the VERY short appointment of Kathleen Moore to the 11th Illinois Legislative District in late 2010. That appointment led to a 67 percent increase in our income tax rate AND the abolishment of the Illinois death penalty.

Read more at the Ward Room.

Committeemen taking applications for Osterman’s legislative seat

Progress Illinois breaks down the race to replace Illinois Rep. Harry Osterman in the 14th Illinois Legislative District.

Osterman, who ran for the Springfield seat in November, won the race for 48th Ward Alderman in February. He will be sworn in on May 16.

As previously reported in The Bulldog regarding replacing John Fritchey, Illinois law requires the committeemen of the party represented by the departing official to vote on a replacement, with their vote weighted by the vote received in the election of the official.

Due to the weighting, the key vote will be held by Committeeman Carol Ronen.

The four Democratic Committeemen are:

  • Carol Ronen (11,667) 54.44 percent
  • David Fagus (6,683) 31.18 percent
  • Patrick O’Connor (3,078) 14.36 percent
  • Ira Silverstein (4) 0.01 percent

Read more in Progress Illinois.