Latino Caucus expects more Hispanic wards to emerge

September 8, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Leaders of the City Council's Latino Caucus say they want to see more Latinos on the City Council.

There now are eight Latinos on the 50-member council, even though Latinos account for nearly 29 percent of the city's population.

The city's new ward map must reflect the changing demographic makeup of Chicago.

The Latino Caucus is pushing for more Hispanic wards to emerge from the ward remap process.

"We'll let the numbers speak for themselves, and after we've done our due diligence will make a proper presentation of the number of wards we expect to get," said 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis.

The Latino Caucus will hold two public hearings on the redistricting process later this month.

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