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Earlier departure set by city manager

City Manager Julia Carroll now plans to accelerate her scheduled June 27 departure date from her city duties to next Monday, May 12.

Community Development Director James Wolinski says the manager cited her health issues as a reason for the earlier departure and told the employees she had "enjoyed working with" all of them.

The story was first reported by Evanston resident Jeff Smith, writing on the Central Street Neighbors Association website.

Another source, who asked not to be identified, said the manager is hospitalized today, undergoing medical tests.

Mayor Lorraine Morton and Assistant City Manager Rolanda Russell did not immediately return calls this morning seeking comment on the reports.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said it’s her understanding that the city will continue to pay the manager through her June 27 retirement date.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, said she had not heard about the early departure or the report of the manager’s hospitalization.

Carroll announced late last month that she planned to leave her post as a result of unspecified health problems.

Carroll started work as city manager on Jan. 18, 2005, coming to Evanston from a position with Naperville’s municipal government.

Russell has been mentioned by some observers as a possible choice to fill the role of interim city manager.

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