Reapportionment Commission failed on Tuesday night to draw new council district boundaries to conform to the 2010 census, leaving the decision in the hands of a federal judge.

The last time a redistricting commission — seven Democrats and seven Republicans — succeeded in drawing the seven council district boundaries was after the 1970 census. Federal judges established the boundaries after the last three population counts.

Both parties submitted maps for consideration.

The sticking point this time involved the 5th District, in the southwestern part of the county.

The Republican map produced a bulge in the 5th District by including Ladue and Frontenac.

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