Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was part of a delegation of mayors from around the country who met with President Obama at the White House this week during the winter gathering of the United States Conference of Mayors.

In a news release from the city, the mayor said the group pushed for continued funding for the Community Development Block Grant program and for other federal programs that help cities.

The mayor also had separate meetings with Sen. Richard Durbin and Rep. Jan Schakowsky in which she said she urged them to continue to work for federal funding for the proposal to open a Federal Qualified Health Center in Evanston to be run by Chicago-based Erie Family Health Center.

During a meeting with an official at the Environmental Protection Agency she says she was assured the agency plans no near-term changes in federal limits on chromium in municipal water supplies.

An environment group’s report last month suggests hexavalent chromium levels in Lake Michigan are substantially higher than new limits for the probable carcinogen being considered in California. The city’s utility department has suggested it could cost $110 million for the city to comply with those lower limits if they were adopted by the federal government.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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