The City of Peoria has new district boundaries. The Peoria City Council approved the new map six to five. The new district boundaries have been more than a year in the making that included a committee of the five district council people and 30 different map proposals. The council narrowly settled on Map B. Second District Council member Barbara Van Auken voted against the Map. She says the constitution requires equal representation, and in that way the council failed.
“The first district is starting off with a deficit population and as it continues to lose population, in eight years when we do the Census again, its going to be really out of balance,” Van Auken says.
Further she says the fifth district and to a lesser extent the fourth, are going to be overpopulated.
Council districts are adjusted every 10 years to account for population changes identified in the Census. Van Auken says all the districts will be more out of balance than they have been in the last two decades. The new map will go into effect for the next district council elections.
Map B can be found on the city’s web site including the demographics