The second of five Town Hall meetings on Kane County redistricting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.
The Town Hall meetings are designed to provide an opportunity for elected officials to listen to residents’ opinions and to understand their priorities in setting the boundaries for the 24 Kane County Board districts as well as local precincts.
Redistricting is done once every 10 years, timed with the U.S. Census, to ensure that districts have about same population totals.
As you can see by the map below, there has been a population shift since the last redistricting, such that some Kane County Board districts have significantly higher populations than others.
County Board District 9, for example, now has 30,013 residents, while County Board District 11 has 20,422, according to data compiled and shared by Kane County.
The County Board’s responsibility will be to make sure boundary lines are redrawn fairly, so that there is equal population within each district and that there are no advantages given to any political party.
The five Town Hall meetings will take place at the following times, dates, and locations:
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 — The Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora.
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 — Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.
- 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27 — Adult Activities Center, 665 Barrington Ave., Carpentersville.
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 — Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. (This session will be conducted via Zoom and in-person. Zoom login information will be posted on the Kane County website homepage prior to the event.)
- UPDATED: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 — Hampshire Township, 170 Mill Ave., Hampshire.
The Town Hall meetings will focus on the redistricting efforts under the jurisdiction of the County Board — those 24 County Board districts and the precincts within Kane County. They are not meant to be sounding boards regarding federal government or state of Illinois reapportionment.
On April 26, the U.S. Census Bureau released congressional apportionment counts. Six states — Texas (two seats), Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon — gained seats. Seven states — California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia — each lost a seat.
The Illinois General Assembly is responsible for drawing both congressional and state legislative district lines.
YouTube Links to May 20 Kane County Reapportionment Task Force Meeting
Kane County’s Present District Boundaries And Population Totals