CHICAGO — Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward), Chair of the City Council Rules Committee confirmed Monday night that city aldermen have reached a deal on a new ward wap.

“I’m thrilled my colleagues have come together in compromise in what has been a long and challenging process,” Harris said in a statement. “I am ready to move our city forward with the Chicago United Map, as it represents a fair map for all Chicagoans. I have always wanted to avoid a costly referendum for Chicago’s taxpayers, and today we achieved that.”

Chairwoman Michelle Harris announced Monday, May 9, 2022, that members of the Latino Caucus have agreed to compromises under the Chicago United Map. The new map is pictured above. (Photo: Provided)

The agreement avoids an expensive voter referendum during the June 28 primary. Estimates showed a battle at the ballot box could have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.  

The City Council Latino and Black Caucuses had been at war over the number of wards representing their communities. 

The agreed map will include 14 majority Latino wards, 16 majority-Black wards and one ward with a Black plurality. The city will also get its first-ever Asian-majority ward.  

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Forty-one of the 50 council members must agree on a map before next Thursday’s deadline. 

An official announcement is expected in the coming days.