When casting her nay vote, Council president Claudia DeStefano said she appreciated the work done by the people involved in the Fair & Equal campaign but called the process "not open enough or transparent enough." Obviously not having read this morning's Gossips post about the Political Corruption Walking Tour in Chicago, where one of the modern-day "shenanigans" cited was "local politicians who still draw their own electoral maps," DeStefano complained that elected officials had been left out of the process. She called for making the process "fair and equal." (It will be remembered that in January, at the Council's first meeting of the year, DeStefano announced her intention to establish a "bipartisan committee to examine ward boundaries" with the goal of making a proposal to be presented to voters in a referendum in November 2016. Some of the people involved in the Fair & Equal campaign expressed interest in serving on that committee, but when it was never formed, they took the initiative themselves.)
Despite the Common Council, the proposition to amend the ward boundaries to create five wards of equal population and hence to achieve the constitutional standard of one man, one vote will be on the ballot in November. The Fair & Equal campaign has enough petition signatures to bring it directly to the Board of Elections. Addressing his fellow aldermen, Friedman proclaimed tonight, "Gnash your teeth all you like. The weighted vote is over."
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