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Possible New Boundaries for Moline Wards

Option 1 - leave the boundaries as they are now.
City of Moline
Option 1 - leave the boundaries as they are now.

As a result of the 2020 census, Moline may have to draw a new map for the city's seven wards. Tuesday night aldermen will consider seven options put together by city staff.

Their goals included keeping populations among the seven wards as close to each other as possible, keeping the boundaries as compact as possible, and not un-seating any current member of the city council.

The seven options range from keeping the current boundaries as is, or making a variety of possible changes to reflect population changes since 2010. Staff also hoped to follow a recommendation from the Illinois Municipal League to insure population differences among the wards would be ten per cent or less.

Only one of the options satisfies all the criteria.

Starting with a population of nearly 43,000 (42,981), an ideal ward in Moline would have 6,100 (6,140) residents.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.