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Naperville Approves City Council Election District Map

Naperville City Council members vote 7 to 2 in favor of establishing an election district map.

Naperville City Council members approved a map officially establishing city election districts at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

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The map divides the city into five different election districts. Effective during the 2015 municipal election, a city council member will represent each district and the community will elect the remaining three council members at-large, including the mayor.

Residents will still elect the four two-year, full-term city council positions up for the 2013 election at-large. Two-year terms were applied for the 2013 municipal election due to the city being divided into districts. 

Naperville City Council members voted 7 to 2 in favor of the election district map, with Councilmen Douglas Krause and Joseph McElroy voting “no.”

Councilman Krause opposed the map because he said it did not have equal district sizes in terms of population.

“I’m not going to support it. [The districts] are supposed to be compact, contiguous and equal,” Krause said. “I don’t believe this map represents equal representation by all the citizens in this community.”

Krause was referring to District 5, encompassing most of southwest Naperville, which only contains a population of 24,813 within its district. The other four districts have populations ranging from 28,634 in District 1 to 29,763 in District 2.

Councilman Robert Fieseler said in terms of the difference in population size compared to the other districts, he expects to “see more growth” in District 5 in the coming years. 

“We have a court order that says we will put the districts in place, and hence that’s what we're going to be doing right now,” Fieseler said. “We’ve got a good map, the staff has done a nice job.”

At the November 2010 election, voters approved a referendum to divide the city of Naperville into districts.

Since January 2012, the city has held a number of public open houses on the issue and has displayed the election district map in the Naperville Municipal Center, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"naperville-municipal-center-830d27af"} -->,  and the

Martin September 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Glad they are putting this into effect. Being off by 20% isn't that bad. I believe Federal law for legislative districts is +/- 10%.

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