The state attorney general’s office has issued a letter criticizing Evanston’s Board of Ethics for two procedural missteps in handling complaints filed by a 5th Ward aldermanic candidate against her winning opponent in last year’s election.

Joshua M Jones, the deputy chief of the attorney general’s public access bureau, concluded that after announcing plans to go into executive session at its March 20 meeting the board failed to vote on that motion, as it should have under the state’s open meeting’s act.

Jones also found, in letters issued last week, that the board erred in failing to allow public comment during the public portion of the March 20 meeting.

But Jones rejected Misty Witenberg’s claim that the board had taken a final vote during the closed portion of the March 20 meeting.

He also rejected claims Witenberg made alleging violations in the board’s conduct of its June 19 meeting.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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