Foreclosure filings in Evanston declined by 41.7 percent last year compared to the year before.

That’s based on newly-released figures from the Woodstock Institute.

The decline in Evanston was just one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the drop for Cook County as a whole.

There were 172 foreclosure filings in Evanston last year, compared to 295 in 2012.

But the Woodstock Institute said the number of completed foreclosure auctions declined only slightly and continue “at an alarming rate.”

Foreclosure auctions in Evanston dropped by 9 percent, to 111. Countywide they dropped by 6.1 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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