Ponzi the pink pig, cartoonist Junad Rizki’s alter-ego, went to a City Council budget hearing and suggested money-saving plan “A” — only to get pounced on by an alderman who insisted he was suggesting plan “B” — which she considers ridiculous.

Ponzi is not pleased.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I do not like the cartoon

    I do not like the cartoon addition at all.   I hope it does not last long.  Does not seem like the appropriate place in Evanston Now.   Keep it to the news not the funnies. 

  2. not funny, that’s the problem

     Keep it to the news not the funnies. 


    The problem with the cartoons is simply that they  are not funny…it is just Junad carrying out his vendetta  against the 8th ward alderman. 

     It is pretty clear why she banned him from her message board.

    1. What is the really issue?

      No Vendetta,  it does appear you watched the council meeting.   Will contract firefighters, lower costs?  Or do you think they are volunteers?   As was stated by the council member.  Many other departments use off duty firerfighters from other communities, I have been told Evanston firefigters also work in other communities when they are off duty as contractors. 

      If you think the economy is about to improve it may not be an issue, but if it does not soon improve the city may be looking at closing a fire station.  Replacing firefighter positions as they retire with contractor firefighter looks like a better option than closing a fire station and laying firefighters off.  ( Wally has only mentioned the fact the state may not come through with it payments – if that is the case – he will be looking at more cuts mid-year )

      As you well might know if the city had not drained down the reserves  two years ago and layed employees off last year, property tax increases would have been close to 40% – which clearly would not work. ( none of this is very funny )

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