Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz are in Washington today seeking more federal stimulus funds for the city.

And they plan a trip to Springfield next week to chat up state lawmakers for more aid as well.


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz are in Washington today seeking more federal stimulus funds for the city.

And they plan a trip to Springfield next week to chat up state lawmakers for more aid as well.

They’re looking for money to improve the city’s water and sewer systems, resurface streets, renovate the Crown Center, add staffing to the police and fire departments, purchase new fire equipment, build affordable housing and improve the CTA and Metra lines in Evanston.

They’re also hoping to persuade state and federal lawmakers to provide funds for any new programs they require cities to deliver, and they’re looking for reforms in Springfield that would reduce the burden on the city of funding public safety pensions.

The city receives millions in state and federal grants, and Tisdahl and Bobkiewicz hope the lobbying effort will yield even more.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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