Ok, I’ve finally got all the new precinct boundaries for Cook County loaded into my GIS system(there are 4,042 individual precincts in Cook County in case you were curious). I would like to thank the City of Chicago for making GIS boundaries of their new wards and precincts publically available.
Based on experience from my first run of maps posted last year, I’ll be simplifying my standard township layout somewhat. For free print maps, I’m now going to stick with the 24″ x 36″ size. Skipping the wall maps size will allow me to work faster. Next, I’ve gotten much better at producing color line maps without the aerial photos, so these will come standard now. These are helpful because they clearly show municipal boundaries. Maps with election data will only be on the aerial maps for townships now… that just works better in terms of visual design. Also, new precinct boundaries means that the only data I have to work with that currently matches is the recent March 20th primary. With this is mind, I’ll do some nifty maps show primary turnout statistics.
You can see the first example of the new layout on the page for Barrington Township.
Lastly, once I get Cook county updated, Dupage will be next…