Residents' Public Hearing Reaction to Kane County Apportionment Plan Generally Positive

Residents’ Public Hearing Reaction to Kane County Apportionment Plan Generally Positive

One by one, Kane County residents applauded the efforts of County officials during its two public hearings held in November to gather community input on its Apportionment Plan and proposed County Board Districts map.

The County Board is expected to vote on the new map during a special meeting set for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Members of the public spoke at both the Elgin and Geneva public hearings, and residents also participated online via Zoom. Both public hearings took place in-person and also were livestreamed to the Kane County YouTube channel.

Curtis Wilson of Aurora said the Kane County Board did a great job with creating the updated maps.

“This is one of the most deliberative, methodically careful and well done re-mapping presentations I have ever seen,” Wilson wrote online during the Geneva public hearing. “Excellent analysis and historical review!”

Reapportionment is required by state law to occur every 10 years following the decennial U.S. Census to ensure that each County Board District represents a substantially equal number of people.

Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog said redistricting is vitally important to Kane County because it determines fair representation for Kane County’s 24 County Board districts.

“I would like to thank the Kane County Reapportionment Task Force and County Board members, staff, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and demographer consultants for their help to ensure that we have fair representation in all of our 24 County Board districts,” she said.

Llona Steele of Geneva, the co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County, endorsed the draft of the new map.

“I urge the adoption of this new County Board districts map. Our diverse, hard-working population in Kane County must be recognized and represented,” she said.

Ken Rojek, Big Rock Township supervisor, thanked the board for listening to his concerns about the earlier draft version of the map and said he believes this latest version will address those concerns.

“I would echo the adoption of the latest draft of the map as presented, as well,” Rojek said. “The map that has been presented really does include all of the five rural townships … being well represented by a smaller number of districts, which would increase the voice of these western townships within the County Board.”

The proposed County Board Districts map can be viewed on the county’s website by clicking this link.

SOURCE: Kane County Government news release

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