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Evanston aldermen have cancelled their regular meeting for next Monday to turn out instead for an opening reception at the “One State Together in the Arts” conference being held in town Sunday through Tuesday.

The reception runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at Northwestern University’s new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts and other venues along Arts Circle Drive on campus.

The conference itself is being held at the Hilton Orrington hotel downtown and is expected to draw more than 300 artists, arts managers and arts supporters. Various Evanston arts groups are scheduled to perform during the event.

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Most of the items originally scheduled to be discussed by the City Council Monday night have been pushed off to the council’s Oct. 12 meeting, although a few were disposed of early, at the Monday meeting this week, and others — including proposed revisions to the inclusionary housing ordinance — have been pushed back to the Oct. 26 meeting.

The City Council usually authorizes payment of city bills at its second and fourth Monday meetings each month. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says some of the bills scheduled for approval next Monday will be paid under his authority and then approved retroactively by the council at the Oct. 12 meeting.

Previous editions of the biennial One State conference have been held in the Quad Cities and in Bloomington-Normal.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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