The latest draft legislative map released by the state Senate and House redistricting committees would return the far south end of Evanston to the Evanston-based 18th District.

The last remap, in 2011, assigned a portion of south Evanston east of Dewey Avenue and mostly south of the CTA Yellow Line tracks to Chicago’s 14th District.

This map shows the existing legislative boundaries in south Evanston.

Kelly Cassidy holds the 14th District seat while Robyn Gabel represents the 18th District.

The latest proposed redistricting map, released on Thursday, also would change who represents a portion of Evanston’s 5th Ward in the state House.

A section of the map of current legislative district boundaries showing the northern portion of Evanston.

That area, bounded by Dodge Avenue, Emerson Street and the North Shore Channel, is currently part of the 17th District, the seat held by Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz. The new map would shift that area into the 18th District, where it had been before the 2011 remap.

A detail of the latest proposed redistricting map, showing the north portion of Evanston.

Demographic data used by the redistricting committees in preparing the new maps indicates that the 17th District has gained 246 residents since 2010. The remapped district’s voting age population would by 3.7% Black, 4.9% Hispanic and 15.5% Asian.

The same data indicates the 18th District has gained 1,353 residents and its voting age population is 12.2% Black, 7.0% Hispanic and 6.5% Asian.

The combined boundaries of the 17th and 18th House districts form the boundary for the 9th Senate District.

The legislature’s deadline for adopting a new map for state House and Senate districts is June 30, and the boundary lines shown on the latest version of the proposed new maps could change before then.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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