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Following Census, Moline Considers New Ward Map

Option 4 which meets all three criteria
City of Moline
Option 4 which meets all three criteria

Boundaries for Moline's seven wards may be re-drawn this year. This week the city council discussed several options, following the latest census.

The city's GIS Coordinator, Todd Green, says Moline's population has been slowly shifting from the older part of the city, in the northwest, to the newer part in the southeast.

"So Ward 1 has been losing population and Ward 7 has been gaining population since the ward maps were originally drawn. And now Ward 7 exceeds that 10 per cent deviation from the mean rule and Ward 1 falls below that threshold."

The Illinois Municipal League recommends keeping population differences among the wards at 10 per cent or less, and city leaders are hoping not to split up any precincts between two wards, and to make sure no current alderman would lose their seat.

Green says only one option meets all three criteria.

Moline's official population is now 42,981 - down about one per cent from 2010 (43,376), and 2.3 per cent lower than the official count in 2,000 (44,017).

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.