Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other city officials are urging residents to lobby state lawmakers not to cut state aid to local governments.

The legislature is scheduled to complete work on the state budget this week and is considering reductions in what’s called the Local Government Distributive Fund — cuts that the mayor says could cost Evanston $450,000 to $860,000.

Tisdahl says Evansston has cut millions of dollars from its budget in recent years, and new cuts from Springfield would force the city to cut services or increase property taxes.

“If these reductions are included in the state budget, then the City of Evanston will be faced with some daunting decisions affecting the whole community. Vanishing funds will equate to loss of jobs, loss of programs and reduced services,” Tisdahl said in a statement.

Two state senators and three state house members represent different portions of Evanston. You can learn here which ones represent you.

“I urge residents to contact the five state elected officials who represent Evanston and urge them to keep Evanston whole and resist the temptation to cut the LGDF.”

Here is contact information for the local lawmakers:

Sen. Daniel Biss 847-568- 1250 or
Sen. Heather Steans 773-769-1717 or
Rep. Robyn Gabel 847-424-9898 or
Rep. Kelly Cassidy 773-784-2002 or
Rep. Laura Fine 847-998-1717 or

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. The money still comes from the taxpayers

    That way the Council can spend more money and get more votes at election time.

    If they would stop funding all their pet projects, go into the budget and get rid of all the un-necessary spending, stop burdening business and homeowners with meaningless restriictions and delays in zoning decisions and Council actions and cut taxes so more businesses and people would want to move to/stay in Evanston, we would not have so many concerns about budgets.

    But then it is easier to spend like there is no tomorrow and ask the state for more 'free money.' Except that money actually comes from taxpayers—here in Evanston, Chicago, and both rich and poor communities.

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