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Harper v. City of Chicago Heights
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
223 F.3d 593 (7th Cir. 2000)
The Illinois Municipal Code permitted both single-member and cumulative voting schemes. Chicago Heights designed a single-member districting plan, which the district court rejected. Instead, the district court designed its own hybrid plan. Pursuant to this plan, voters would select seven council members. Such elections would occur on a municipality-wide, rather than district-wide, basis. The district court failed to establish whether Chicago Heights's scheme complied with Illinois law. Voters had no opportunity to weigh in on the cumulative voting scheme created by the district court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wood, J.)
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