District 1 may see changes
If a concept under discussion by a four-member Woodford County Board committee is approved, Cazenovia Township would come under legislative District 1.
After each decennial census, Illinois municipalities must redraw their legislative boundaries. This is to ensure each district contains an equal number of people. The reapportionment process has to be completed by July 1.
“That appears to be the most sensible way of doing it,” said County Board Chairman Stan Glazier, who headed the committee that includes Larry Whitaker, Tom Evans and Mike Hinrichsen.
“You can look at it any number of ways,” Whitaker said.
But state law says county districts cannot cut across township or municipal boundaries for any other reason than to maintain the population equilibrium.
“Only in the worse case scenario should a municipality be cut in half,” said Whitaker, who was county board chairman during the 2000 census.
Woodford County’s population grew 9 percent in the last decade, from 35,469 in 2000 to 38,664 in 2010.
The increase came mainly in Eureka, Germantown Hills and Metamora, which include Worth, Olio and Montgomery precincts.
“Ten years ago we didn’t make any changes because all three districts grew at the same pace,” he said.
“This time District 1 was flat with no growth. The biggest growth was in District 2 Germantown Hills.”
Cazenovia Townships’s population has declined.
“The precincts at the northern-most end often appear to be forgotten,” Evans said. By combining with a more populous region like District 1, Cazenovia will be better off.”
“The alternative,” Glazier said after the committee had discussed various configurations, “would be much more complicated and far-reaching. It looks like this is the easiest way to go.”
The committee also briefly touched on remuneration and per diems. Board members have not had a pay raise since 1998, which translates to $75 per board meeting and $50 per committee meeting.
Their next meeting is March 14, so they could incorporate any new ideas before presenting them to the full board the next day.