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Committee squawks at backyard chickens

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee voted 3-1 against permitting Evanstonians to raise chickens in their backyards, but  sent the proposed ordinance on to the nine-member City Council for further debate.

The proposal to permit raising hens — but not roosters — has been before the committee for several months.

Aldermen on the Human Services Committee voted 3-1 against permitting Evanstonians to raise chickens in their backyards, but  sent the proposed ordinance on to the nine-member City Council for further debate.

The proposal to permit raising hens — but not roosters — has been before the committee for several months.

Aldermen Fiske, Jean-Baptiste and Holmes voted against the plan. Alderman Tendam voted for it. Alderman Grover, who is believed to favor the ordinance, was absent from the meeting.

The ordinance now is scheduled for discussion at next Monday’s council meeting.

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