Evanston officials are breathing a sigh of relief now that the state legislature has wrapped up its budget work without slashing aid to municipalities.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz had warned that proposals to cut the Local Government Distributive Fund could have blown a $2 million hole in the city budget — more than doubling the revenue shortfall the city was expecting to have to deal with this year.

The city today is encouraging residents who lobbied lawmakers against making the cuts to send them an e-mail thanking them for saving the funds for the city.

The budget still needs the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn, who could make changes to the spending plan.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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