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Mayor names two to library board

In the midst of the ongoing controversy over funding for the city’s library, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has appointed two women to take the place of Library Board members whose terms have expired.

The two new appointees are Sharon L. Arceneaux and Mildred S. Harris. Their appointments are subject to approval by the City Council at its meeting Monday.

In the midst of the ongoing controversy over funding for the city’s library, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has appointed two women to take the place of Library Board members whose terms have expired.

The two new appointees are Sharon L. Arceneaux and Mildred S. Harris. Their appointments are subject to approval by the City Council at its meeting Monday.

Mayor Tisdahl, in an interview yesterday before the names of the appointees were released, said she was trying to follow recommendations of the League of Women Voters and seek out the broadest base of people to provide more diversity on boards and commissions.

She said the new appointees would help the library board to reach out to all of the community and said she had nominated "absolutely wonderful people who both use the libraries and both take their children and grandchildren and nieces there."

The mayor didn’t return a phone call from Evanston Now today asking for more specific details about the nominees and we were told by her secretary that we’d have to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get the information.

So we’ve done that and we’ll let you know what the city’s response is to the request.

But two aldermen said this morning that they were not yet familiar with the background of the candidates.

We’ve learned that Arceneaux is the registrar at Evanston Township High School, but at this point we don’t have any biographical information about Harris.

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