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City considers domestic partner benefits

Update 10:25 a.m. 9/30/09: The City Council unanimously approved the domestic partner benefit Tuesday night without debate.

Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote tonight on a resolution to extend health insurance coverage to domestic partners of city workers.

Currently the city provides health coverage to spouses and dependent children of employees but not to same-sex domestic partners.

The human resources department and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz are recommending the change.

A staff memo makes no estimate of the cost to the city of providing the added benefits, but says that at least four communities in Illinois — including Chicago, Des Plaines, Carpentersville and Wilmette — have extended their health insurance coverage to domestic partners.


Update 10:25 a.m. 9/30/09: The City Council unanimously approved the domestic partner benefit Tuesday night without debate.

Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote tonight on a resolution to extend health insurance coverage to domestic partners of city workers.

Currently the city provides health coverage to spouses and dependent children of employees but not to same-sex domestic partners.

The human resources department and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz are recommending the change.

A staff memo makes no estimate of the cost to the city of providing the added benefits, but says that at least four communities in Illinois — including Chicago, Des Plaines, Carpentersville and Wilmette — have extended their health insurance coverage to domestic partners.

Under the plan, an employee seeking the benefit and the employee’s partner would have to sign an affidavit affirming their relationship and provide documentation such as a joint property lease or deed, a joint bank account or shared bills for household expenses like utilities.

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