Evanston aldermen gathered this morning outside the Civic Center for a short ride to Cahn Auditorium where they were scheduled to be in the audience for President Obama’s speech on the economy.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said if she had a chance to speak to the president she’d tell him that the stimulus program really helped Evanston and she’d like to see more federal efforts to stimulate the economy.

Evanston received an $18 million grant under the stimulus program in 2010 that was used to rehabilitate nearly 100 foreclosed and abandoned homes and apartments and help construct 32 new housing units on the city’s west side.

The mayor said the president’s visit is great for Northwestern University and for Evanston, and that she was particularly pleased that he’d chosen to address economic issues in the speech to students at Northwestern’s business school.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. If Tisdahl was smart, she

    If Tisdahl was smart, she would be thankind the taxpayers and the Chinese for that 18 million dollars. The Obama's have not been known to be very charitable with their own money.

    One more thing, for the city officials that are attending the political speech, there are no kneelers in Cahn Auditorium. You should bring your on knee pads.

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