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University of Chicago sociology professor Robert Vargas’s new book “Uninsured in Chicago: How the Social Safety Net Leaves Latinos Behind” takes a deep dive into what keeps Latinos feeling locked out of health care access.

Through extensive personal interviews conducted over three years, a new book takes a deep dive into what keeps Latinos feeling locked out of health care access. It’s called “Uninsured in Chicago: How the Social Safety Net Leaves Latinos Behind.”

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After the 2020 census revealed the city’s changing racial makeup , it’s ward remapping season once more in Chicago. (WTTW News)

A 5% uptick in the Latino population, a whopping 30% increase in the Asian population, and a 10% decrease in the Black population have translated into factions fighting for wards mapped to maintain racial majorities and all but ensure proportionate racial representation.

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Part of the tension between the Black and Latino Caucuses can be attributed to the 2020 Census which showed significant shifts in Chicago’s demographics. (WTTW News)

Chicago alderpeople are at odds over redrawing the city’s ward map, a procedure that happens every 10 years to account for population changes. The biggest sticking point is the balance of power between Black and Latino Chicagoans.