If you’ve ever hankered to run for public office in Evanston, you may want to consider starting the process by enrolling in Leadership Evanston, a program of the Evanston Community Foundation, where many of the city’s government and not-for-profit leaders got their start.

The Foundation has begun accepting applications for its 21st Signature Program class that is scheduled to begin in September. Application deadline is July 1.

ECF is looking for a diverse group of individuals who are interested in using their leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the Evanston community.

Interested applicants must have lived and/or worked in Evanston for at least a year, be willing to commit to attend the monthly day-long class sessions. and be able to spend at least four to six hours per month outside of class working on team projects.

The cost is $1,200 a year, but scholarships are available from the Foundation. In most cases, the individual’s company or organization foots the bill.

Additional information, including the application, is available on the Foundation’s website.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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