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CHICAGO (CBS) — All sides in Chicago’s ward remap fight say they hope to resolve their differences.

But as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, for now, black and Latino aldermen are backing competing plans and heading for a floor fight.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

City Council Latino Caucus leader Ald. Danny Solis (25th) says the caucus does not want a remap or court fight. They feel their proposal for new ward boundaries is fair.

“This is a map that we’re going to submit to the Rules Committee of the City of Chicago that we want them to consider, and ultimately take a vote on,” Solis said.

But the City Council Black Caucus is backing a proposal that has the blessing of Council stalwarts such as Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) who is heading up the remap effort, and Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), who is close to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“The City Council can vote on a map, and that becomes the map under which the city will operate,” O’Connor said. “Any 10 aldermen who voted against, or did not vote, on the map that passed, could file for a referendum.”

If that happened, the effort could get costly, so talks will continue.

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