With Evanston voters scheduled to vote next month on whether Evanston township should be abolished, the Better Government Association will hold a panel discussion here Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the broader question of the value of township government across the state.

The program “Illinois Townships: Relevant or Redundant?” will feature County Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston, who has called for abolishing Evanston township; Emily Miller, the BGA’s policy and government affairs coordinator, Bob Porter the administrative coordinator for Township Officials of Cook County, and Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling.

The free event, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., will be moderated by NBC 5 reporter Phil Rogers.

To RSVP, contact Joe Malinowski at the BGA: or 312-821-9028.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Let’s all be sure to thank

    Let's all be sure to thank Cook County Commissioner Sufferiden for his decision to be the deciding vote to increase the County portion of the sales tax by 1%.  This wasteful action caused more consumers along the Counties borders to shop across the border for major purchases to save money. Palatine Township was looking into seceeding from the County because of this action.  Of course he's anti-township.  By the way, we're all still paying 25% of that increase until 01/01/13.

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