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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ward Remap Small Step, But Bolder Reforms of Dysfunctional City Council Needed for Aurora

City of Aurora Illinois Ward Map

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's so-called "Special Ward Redistricting Committee" met on Monday to discuss changes to the city's current ward map.

It's important to note the committee is not discussing various ideas to reform Aurora's dysfunctional city council, which include:

  • Reduce the number of overall wards (currently at 10, the maximum)
  • Eliminate the Alderman-at-Large positions
  • Change election schedule; ALL seats for council contested at same time
  • Introduce term limits (including mayor)
  • Mandatory rotation of city council committee seats
  • Ethics certification and anti-corruption training
  • Fiscal 101 and who pays for taxdollars training

What other ideas should be considered?

In the meantime, the so-called committee, which includes old guard, chronic wild spending Alderman-at-Large Bob O'Connor, instead is reviewing how to change the map to reflect the population changes of Aurora.

Stephanie Lulay reports:

"The city's population center is moving east, and the wards will be moving with it.  Most wards currently east of the Fox River will likely get smaller in area and westside wards will get bigger, city staff announced at the first meeting..."

Wards 1, 3, 7, 9 and 10, all on the east side could see their sizes reduced while Wards 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 may get more residents.

But, one longtime council observer noted "none of this really matters much.  The two aldermen-at-large positions are useless.  Only a few city council members really are paying attention to the issues of their ward and constituents.  And, most of the wild spending and tax increases will continue to be 11-1 unless we change who sits in those seats, not just the alignment of the chairs."

The so-called committee will meet again on January 23rd at 3:30pm on the 5th Floor of Aurora's City Hall.


Anonymous said...

the aldermen-at-large are completely useless!

Al Kohollick said...

In the spirit of democratic debate, I would like to see Alderman openly discussing what they really think and feel. I don't want to a bunch of rubber stamps going along with a Mayor. I want to see open televised debate over real issues with concerned citizens taking part.If I want to watch a bunch of ass-kissers kiss up to the boss, I'll watch Celebrity Apprentice with the Donald.

Anonymous said...

It won't make any difference as the dolts will still elect the dolts.

Anonymous said...

Just like in the last Mayoral election.

Anonymous said...

your map's wrong in ward 4, it includes township southeast of prairie and randall as city proper. not, mostly township.