Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to debate whether to endorse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s so-called “Illinois Turnaround Agenda.”
The Republican governor has asked municipal governing bodies around the state to endorse the plan, which, among other things, would give those governments more control over their relationship with employee unions, more ability to negotiate lower labor costs on construction projects and a reduction in penson costs.
Many of the proposals are anathema to public employee unions, which have formed a major support group for Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature.
While Evanston aldermen are elected on a non-partisan basis, only 23 percent of Evanston voters backed Rauner in his election victory last fall over incumbent Pat Quinn, and the president of the Democratic Party of Evanston, Brian Miller, is scheduled to be sworn in as 9th Ward alderman just before tonight’s Rules Committee meeting.