Candidates seek NU alliance

[VIDEO] Most aldermanic candidates speaking at a forum at the Evanston Public Library last night weren’t inclined to push old buttons in the city’s relationship with its largest employer.

With the exception of 9th Ward candidate Mimi Peterson, who mocked intellectual help from Northwestern and argued for presenting the school with a list of costs the city blames it for, candidates in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th wards focused on a more collaborative approach that woudl value the expertise and volunteer help the school can provide as well as any direct financial aid.

The candidates also were in near agreement in their opposition to the proposed Fountain Square tower project — except for incumbent 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, who said she’d talked with her constituents who told her they could live with the the current 35-story version of the tower.

The forum was sponsored by Citizens for a Greener Evanston, and all the candidates competed to establish their credentials as supporters of pro-environment policies in town.

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