Kane County Board Chair Formally Presents Census Data Reapportionment Map for Public Hearings for the 24 Single Member Districts

Corinne Pierog

Map presented: November 9

Public Hearing 1: November 15, Elgin Community College, Seigle Auditorium, 6PM

Public Hearing 2: November 17, Kane County Government Center, Geneva, 6PM

Final approval: November 30, special Kane County Board Meeting 9:45AM

At Tuesday’s Kane County Board meeting, Board Chair Corinne Pierog (D, Batavia) formally presented the first official draft of the Kane County Board’s reapportionment map using Census 2020 data for public hearings as required by statute.

Tom Koppie
Chris Kious

At last week’s meeting of the Kane County Reapportionment Task Force, Chair Pierog announced the two public hearings scheduled at 6PM on Monday at Elgin Community College and Wednesday at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.

Two McHenry County-based villages, Algonquin and Huntley, have significant populations within Kane County, and residents of Algonquin and Huntley are currently represented by:

  • Algonquin: 23rd District (CB 23) by Chris Kious (D, Algonquin)
  • Huntley: 9th District (CB 09) by Tom Koppie (R, Rutland Township)

Both Algonquin and Huntley within Kane County are within the northern townships of Dundee, Rutland and Hampshire: Algonquin within Dundee Township and Huntley within both Rutland and Hampshire townships.

Here is the excerpt of the presented map from Tuesday impacting the villages of Algonquin and Huntley:

Kane County Board Reapportionment Map Presented 11/9/21 for Public Hearings

Residents of both Algonquin and Huntley are completely within the boundaries of their current respective county board districts.

  • Proposed CB 23: Of the 21,934 population, the 8,218 Kane County residents of the village of Algonquin are shared with residents of the village of Carpentersville and portion of unincorporated Dundee Township
  • Proposed CB 09: Of the 21,880 population, the 5,863 Kane County residents of the village of Huntley are shared with residents of the villages of Hampshire and Pingree Grove, plus portions of unincorporated Rutland and Hampshire townships.

The entire Kane County Board official draft map for all 24 county board districts can be viewed here.

The nearly hour long presentation of the official reapportionment map given by Kane County’s Chief Information Officer Roger Fahnestock is cued from Tuesday’s County Board meeting live stream with full context for the entire reapportionment process, including initial Board feedback:

Formal press release from Board Chair Pierog announcing the public hearings including instructions for providing public comment can be viewed here.


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Kane County Board Chair Formally Presents Census Data Reapportionment Map for Public Hearings for the 24 Single Member Districts — 8 Comments

  1. Who thought 24 single member districts in a county would be a good idea???

    I would bet that some precinct committeeman races will be more competitive.

  2. Single member districts continue to be the worst representation.

    No competitive races and if you have someone that is good as a citizen that might want to run you will have to wait your turn if ever!

    County Board was dumb going to 2 member districts!

  3. Didn’t Franks want McHenry County to be single member districts?

    Instead you’re going from 6 4 member districts to 9 2 member districts. I’m glad McHenry County is still going to do multi-member districts, but are they going to all be up at the same time (not just in 2022 but in other years before 2032) or are they going to rotate so that not every member is up each time?

    If it’s rotated, the elections might play out very similar to a single member district. If it’s rotated, you wouldn’t have the potential to replace everybody at one time (which is the argument made in many senate bodies for staggered elections with different “classes”) but if you’re only electing 1 person during an election then the election doesn’t feel like a multi-member district since you’re only voting for one person. Personally, I like the dynamic of a true multi-member election and am ambivalent about the question about staggered vs unstaggered — actually probably leaning a bit towards staggered tbh.

    If they would have gone with 6 districts of 3 members they could have had some elections that were defacto single member contests staggered with multi-member contests and eliminated the possibility to replace everybody at the same time. That’s an idea… but the county board seemed repulsed at this suggestion. Not sure if it was too confusing or if they had some problem with it “in principle.” They weren’t totally clear about why it was so “outrageous.”

    Depends what you like hahahaha

    Maybe 18 was too funky of a number to work with at all since if you multiply two whole numbers to equal it, one is going to be odd. 9×2 or 6×3 and you know the smaller number in each set is going to be the # of members and the greater will be the # of districts. If they wanted to keep the true staggered AND multi-member format, they’d probably have to go with 4×4 or 4×5. You’d need to have a minimum of 4 members per district, I think. And it doesn’t sound like they wanted to have fewer districts… because… more unexplained reasons.

    So back to my question: Is everybody going to be up at the same elections?

  4. Correcting, the answer to McHenry County Board, only in the elections following redistricting will all Board Members be up for election, or simply every year ending with a “2”.

    Similar to state Senate districts in Illinois, and any county board where Members are NOT elected at-large, regardless of district configuration, all board members up for election next year.

    After 2022, the McHenry County Board Members in the 9 districts for the next 4 election cycles will be staggered terms.

    Not sure if in a multi-member district setting, if the top vote-getter in the 2022 general election will be the 4-year term, for a 4-4-2, and the other member is 2-4-4, or if there will be a drawing prior to the 2022 election.

    In a single-member district board like Kane County, sometime before the primary, a drawing will take place to determine if the districts are 4-4-2 or 2-4-4 based on being an odd or even numbered district.

    But in McHenry County in election cycles not ending in “2”, 1 county board member will be up for election in the new 9×2 multi-member configuration.

  5. They WILL be staggered, you say. Thanks for letting me know.

    “Not sure if in a multi-member district setting, if the top vote-getter in the 2022 general election will be the 4-year term, for a 4-4-2, and the other member is 2-4-4, or if there will be a drawing prior to the 2022 election.”

    This is something I feel was not talked about much in newspapers or even on this blog when all of that stuff was happening.

    Interesting how even the single member county board formats use those staggered elections / different “classes” like the state senate does. So it would be like the state senate like you said. Always found it perplexing how some government bodies have all their seats up in a single election (like township stuff iirc and the state house and U.S. House) but then others are staggered.

    Dang that’s kind of a bummer that you’re going to have defacto single member board races.

    Totally changes the feel of it.

    No slates.

    Cults of personality.

    Probably have more bitter primaries.

    Probably will have more partisan general elections too.

    All that fun strategic slating of 1 vs 2 candidates and bullet voting gets tossed out the window.

    WHAT A BUMMER!

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