Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, announced today that she is resigning from the City Council, effective Dec. 31, to take a job with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

In her new position as outreach principal for the agency Grover will lead CMAP’s engagement with regional elected officials, civic and business groups for its comprehensive and coordinated planning initiatives.


CMAP is the official regional planning organization for seven northeastern Illinois counties which developed and now guides implementation of metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040.

“I look forward to serving our larger, regional community by helping to advance CMAP’s mission,” Grover said in a statement.

Grover was first elected alderman in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013.

“There is no better community than Evanston to do the important work of local public service and it has been a privilege and honor to serve,” she added.

Under state law, a vacancy in the office of alderman occuring less than 28 months before the next election is filled by mayoral appointment within 60 days after the vacancy occurs, subject to ratification by the City Council.

A half dozen people applied to fill the last vacancy on the City Council, which occurred earlier this year when Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, resigned to take a job at Princeton University. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl ultimately selected Brian Miller to fill that vacancy.

Whoever is named to replace Grover presumably will have an advantage if that person chooses to seek election to a full term as alderman in 2017.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Can’t Say That I’ll Miss Grover

    unless it's Grover the Muppet. She has spoken more untruths than any other member of the council. She has displayed her obvious bias time and time again. While I wish her well in her new position, her departure is a blessing for Evanston.

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