Every 10 years the City must update its ward boundaries to redistribute the City's population equally among all 50 wards. This is done using the most recent census data, which was completed just before we start the ward remap process.

This year's remap was one of the longer and more difficult in recent memory because over the last decade, the City's population and demographics have shifted significantly. For example, I'm sure you have noticed all of the new developments in the 3rd Ward. With that development comes additional residents, and the 3rd Ward was one of the more overpopulated wards in the City, forcing me to give up some areas to other nearby wards that needed to add population.

This happened all across the City, with aldermen and community residents discussing potential ward boundaries that they felt were best for their neighborhoods and for the City as a whole. Of course there were competing ideas on how to best serve the City, with differences of opinion regarding things like the appropriate number of African American vs. Latino majority wards, which major developments would be included in what ward, moving wards to accommodate the growth of certain areas, and much more.

Throughout the process I stood firm with the City Council Black Caucus and dozens of my fellow aldermen in support of the Chicago United Map, which accurately reflects the diversity of Chicago with 16 Black majority wards, 14 Latino majority wards, and the City's first Asian majority ward. This map passed the City Council with my support and the support of 43 aldermen, clearing the 41 vote minimum required to pass a new ward map. In the Chicago United Map, the 3rd Ward remains relatively similar in shape and size, but with some noticeable changes to the southern and western boundaries.

Like I said before, this was a very difficult process, and I applaud my colleagues for coming together to pass a ward map that will guide this City for the next decade. And if through the new map you remain in the 3rd Ward, or are now located outside the new boundary, I know that the Chicago United Map will help all of the City's elected officials represent their constituents to the best of their abilities.
As always, the 3rd Ward Public Service Office staff and I are available to assist you by phone 773-373-9273 or via email at Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please share it with a neighbor or friend.


Pat Dowell
Alderman, 3rd Ward