Today’s Northwest Herald mentions that the new McHenry County Board map is on the agenda for Tuesday:
Redistricting map up for vote Tuesday
By KEVIN P. CRAVER
The official redistricting proposal going before the McHenry County Board for a vote Tuesday is painless compared to past decades.
It tweaks the boundaries of its six districts, moving only 15 of the county’s 212 voting precincts, and all of them in Grafton and Algonquin townships. What’s more, none of the County Board’s 24 members who decide to run next year will have to run in new districts under the proposed map, which for the first time was developed with the aid of special software.
But then there’s the unofficial proposal that a handful of members developed on their own behind closed doors and possibly in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
County and state legislators must redraw their legislative boundaries after each 10-year census to ensure that each district contains an equal number of people. McHenry County, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, grew by 18.7 percent over the past decade to 308,760 residents.
After the 1990 Census, the County Board decided to go from three districts of eight members to its present configuration of six four-member districts. The explosive growth of that decade resulted in a 2001 redistricting that radically changed Districts 4 and 5, and to a lesser extent District 6.
Most of the changes this time around are to Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the county’s heavily populated southeast. ..(read full)