Macomb, IL – Macomb has started the process of redrawing its wards, though the most difficult work is still ahead. The city must add two wards to its current total of five because its official population now tops 20,000. Attorney John McMillan has talked to aldermen about some of the issues related to the topic, but it will now be up to the city to deal with the tough task for drawing the new boundary lines. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert would like to see the project completed well in advance of the next city elections. Once the new wards are in place, the size of the city council will increase from seven to nine. There will be one alderman for each ward. In addition, the city will continue to have two aldermen at-large.