Evanston aldermen have approved an increase in the penalties for contractors who fail to hire Evanston residents on city-funded construction projects.
But the approved increase — to 1 percent of the contract’s value from $100 a day — is less that the 3 percent penalty proposed last spring by the city’s Minority, Women and Evanston Business Enterprise Development Committee.
The local employment program requires that on contracts valued at over $250,000 at least 15 percent of the total work hours at a construction site by laborers and tradesmen be done by Evanston residents.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz had criticized the committee’s original proposal, suggesting that the sharp increase in penalties could lead to fewer contractors bidding on city projects and sharply higher costs for taxpayers.
After further discussion, the committee voted to recommend the smaller penalty increase to the 1 percent level.
The revised measure was approved without debate Monday night.