CHICAGO (WBBM) — Several Latino groups have mapped out their proposal for increasing their power in the state legislature, as lawmakers prepare to redraw district boundaries.
Ahead of three legislative redistricting hearings on Saturday, the United Neighborhood Organization and other groups showed reporters maps with greater Latino representation in Elgin, Waukegan and near O’Hare airport.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warming Trend Continues, Rain Chances Persist
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UNO Chief Executive Officer Juan Rangel says there are currently eight majority Latino state legislative districts.
Under UNO’s proposal, there would be 13.READ MORE: 3 Men Injured In River North Parking Garage Shooting, One Identified In Video As Rapper Lil Reese; Officer's Gun Also Accidentally Discharged
“We’re all in it to ensure that [Latinos keep] representation that we have but maximizing the population that exists now,” Rangel said.
Rangel says their map reflects the growth of Latinos in Illinois, which has kept the state from losing population.
Jorge Perez with the Hispanic-American Construction Industry Association says consolidating Latinos — instead of splintering them — allows for fair representation.
Legislative hearings on the new map are slated for Saturday in Peoria, Kankakee and Cicero.MORE NEWS: At Least 31 People Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago, 5 Killed
A hearing on Thursday will be held in Elmhurst.