The nearly year-long process of rewriting the City of Evanston’s Code of Ethics entered the final stretch Monday night when aldermen unanimously approved introduction of the ordinance after making a couple of minor amendments to it.

The changes were introduced by Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, who had chaired the Rules Committee subcommittee that spent much of this year drafting the new code.

One change was proposed by City Attorney Michelle Masoncup who said language in the draft setting a 30-day deadline after hiring for training new employees on the code might prove impractical, given scheduling issues. At her suggestion the deadline was changed to 90 days.

The other change was suggested by Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, who said members of boards and commissions should have to specify the reason for their abstention if they decline to vote on an issue, and that if they are going to abstain from voting, they also should recuse themselves from engaging in discussion of the matter.

The new Code of Ethics ordinance is now scheduled for final adoption at the City Council’s Nov. 11 meeting.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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