County Board Districts

At its Thursday afternoon meeting, the Kendall County Board discussed reapportionment of the two county board districts.

American Community Surveys, a division of the U.S. Census Bureau estimates Kendall County's population is now 128,990, compared to 114,736 in the 2010 U.S. Census.   District 2 is estimated to have 4,724 more people than District 1.

Data from the 2020 Census will not be available until September, and the county board district reapportionment must be completed by July 1.

District 1 serves the western part of the county, and District 2 serves the eastern part.

Five county board members are elected from each district.  There are currently seven Republicans and three Democrats on the board.

Democrat Amy Cesich worried about the impact of the change on voting precincts.

Republican Matt Kellogg said the easiest way to equalize the two districts would be to move two precincts from District 2 to District 1.

There has been talk in the past of expanding the number of county board districts.  LaSalle County has 29 county board districts, DeKalb County has 24, Kane County has 24, Grundy County has 22 and Will County has 26.

Kendall County Administrator Scott Koeppel said now would not be the time to increase the number of districts.

Koeppel said there have been bills and discussion in Springfield about changing the July 1 deadline for reapportionment, but nothing has transpired.

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