Placed on Tuesday’s County Board Meeting Agenda, the original County Board Reapportionment map to be approved using American Community Survey data and not Census 2020
McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler (R, Crystal Lake) has reversed the County’s plan to use Census 2020 data, and has placed the approval of the County Board’s reapportionment map he presented in May based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data for approval on Tuesday’s County Board meeting agenda.
Thursday morning’s County Board Committee of the Whole meeting will discuss Tuesday’s agenda, and the reapportionment map to be approved by County Board resolution on Tuesday.
Had Buehler maintained his original plan announced back in early June, he would have had to present the revised map, based on Census 2020 population data, to the County Board and held a public hearing for feedback collection on the Census-based map.
By using the original map he presented to the Board in May, he will not need to do a 2nd public hearing, based on Census data. The public hearing held on May 27 for the ACS map satisfied the statute.
The approval of SB 825 in the closing days of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, permits the County Board to implement its reapportionment using ACS data.
The 2-page resolution is below for the above map:
Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting begins at 9AM CT in the County Board meeting room. Agenda can be viewed here.
UPDATE: Chairman Mike Buehler Responds
McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler just called Cal Skinner and said:
“The Census data was used to verify the map.”
McHenry County Blog received communications from both Buehler and other sources within the County stating the same thing.
From the desk of John Lopez: This is splitting hairs, given the press release verbiage from June 3 of this year, stated below:
“Buehler said he intends to use 2020 Census data over ACS data and that postponing the vote is the right thing to do.” — McHenry County Board press release, published on McHenry County Blog, June 3, 2021
Saying “…use 2020 Census data over ACS data…” does not imply, or infer, “verify the map”. The County’s press release implied/inferred “use”, which means drawing the boundary lines with Census data population, rolling up the precinct totals for each District, and releasing a new map for public hearing and approval, by the end of the year, which was provided under the SB 825 law.
This is exactly what is going on in Kane County, where County Board Chair Pierog released an ACS Reapportionment map and held 5 town halls.
Because of SB 825 passage, Pierog committed to release a new Census-drawn map this fall, hold a public hearing, and have final approval of the map in November or December.
To be fair, Kane County is significantly larger than McHenry County, plus Kane has Voting Rights Act challenges McHenry does not face for minority-majority and influence county board districts.
All that being said, when Pierog said she would use Census data, everyone knew that meant reissuing a new map, which under SB 825 must be done by mid November for approval by December 31.
UPDATE 2: Proposed Map with County Board Members Residences
Per a thoughtful comment, here are the maps Cal made back in May with the location of current McHenry County Board Members’ homes within the newly drawn districts:
Update 3: Buehler proposes moving Grafton 14 precinct from District 9 to District 3 to help balance both districts’ populations
At the County Board’s Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting Thursday morning, Board Chairman Mike Buehler (R, Crystal Lake), with consultation of the State’s Attorney, presented an amended resolution to move the 1,424 Grafton 14 precinct population from District 9 to District 3.
Per the immediate map above, with precincts included, Grafton 14 is the furthest southeast corner of District 9, which will now be part of District 3. The precinct’s population all reside within the village of Algonquin.
With the switch of the one precinct, the Census 2020 populations for the nine new districts representing the County’s 310,229 Census population are as follows:
- 1: 33,656
- 2: 33,776
- 3: 35,315 (previous to amendment: 33,891)
- 4: 35,136
- 5: 35,042
- 6: 34,031
- 7: 33,886
- 8: 34,289
- 9: 35,098 (previous to amendment: 36,522)
The COTW meeting video can be viewed here with Reapportionment resolution amendment proposal at 43:53 mark.