Members of the Friends of the Civic Center group gathered this afternoon to count petitions signatures they’ve collected so far in their drive to place a non-binding referendum on the April election ballot that would encourage aldermen to rehab rather than replace Evanston’s city hall.

Friends meet

‘Friends’ organizer John Kennedy and other group members with petition sheets.

As the meeting was getting underway group organizer John Kennedy said he believes they have about 1,200 signatures — roughly two-thirds of the total required by early February to get the issue on the ballot.

The group, meeting at the home of Vito and Mary Brugliera at 1304 Dempster St, also planned a letter-writing campaign and fundraising strategy to persuade Evanstonians to vote in favor of the ballot issue.

The supporters of retaining the existing Civic Center say it would be cheaper to rehab the current building than to construct a new one, a contention aldermen who support moving the government offices dispute.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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