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Aldermen upset by library board power play

Evanston aldermen who’ve reacted publicly so far are less than pleased with the Library Board’s vote Wednesday night to impose its own tax on city residents.

Evanston aldermen who’ve reacted publicly so far are less than pleased with the Library Board’s vote Wednesday night to impose its own tax on city residents.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, posting comments to her message board from her cell phone as the meeting unfolded, told her constituents "you’re screwed" as the 6-2 vote for the tax levy was announced.

And early this morning, in another message, she listed the board member’s e-mail addresses and said they "are the arrogant wealthy people who are sticking it to you for more taxes."

"Meet your library board. They said after they impose the tax, they will meet with you," she added. "It was totally disgusting. Write to them and tell them how you feel and what you think of their sneaky elitist tactics."

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, walking out of the meeting after the vote, was overheard saying, "They don’t have clue what they’re doing."

And Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, out walking his dog this morning, told Evanston Now’s Charles Bartling that he wasn’t surprised by the vote, "But I don’t think they realize what they’re getting themselves into."

E-mail addresses and more contact information for the board members are available on the library website.

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