The pros and cons of township government in Illinois is the subject of a public forum, sponsored by the Better Government Association, to be held in Evanston next Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Ave.

A blue-ribbon panel, moderated by NBC5 reporter Phil Rogers, will address the costs and benefits of township government, an issue that is facing Evanstonians in light of a referendum to be placed on the March 20 primary ballot pertaining to the relevance of the Township of Evanston and whether its services should be provided, instead, by the city.

Panelists include Evanstonian Larry Suffredin, a Cook County commissioner; Emily Miller, BGA policy and government affairs coordinator; Bob Porter, Townships of Cook County administrative coordinator; and Sam Yingling, Avon Township supervisor.

More information on the forum, “Illinois Townships—Relevant or Redundant,” and the ability to register to attend, is available on the BGA website.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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