A.D. Q&A with A.D. Quig

A.D. Q&A with Northwestern University professor Jaime Dominguez

Episode Summary

In the latest census, the overall share of the Latino population across Illinois grew to 18.2 percent, up from 15.8 percent a decade ago. Their share of the voting-age population grew to 11.2 percent, up from 8 percent. Meanwhile, Chicago has been solidified as a city roughly equally divided between white, Black and Latino people. With Chicago’s Black population on the decline, Latinos are now the second-largest racial or ethnic group, and could surpass the city’s white population in the coming decades. With that in mind, Latino groups and elected officials are pushing for more representation--whether it’s a lawsuit challenging the number of Latino-influence districts in the Illinois General Assembly, aldermen pressing for more majority Latino wards and Latinos in the top levels of government, or a new Latino influence district in Congress. A.D. Quig discussed the current state of play with Jaime Dominguez, an associate professor at Northwestern University who focuses on race and ethnicity, urban, Latino, and Chicago politics. They discussed the shifting ideological dynamics and the balance of power in the City Council, how the grip of the Democratic Party has slipped among Latino voters nationally, and the difference between symbolic and substantive representation of Latinos.