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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has placed a resolution on Monday night’s City Council agenda that would put the city on record as urging the U.S. Senate to act on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The resolution calls for the Senate Judiciary Committee to promptly schedule a hearing on Garland’s nomination so it “can be considered on its merits in an open and transparent manner.”

And it calls for holding a confirmation vote on the Senate floor “to ensure that the vacancy on the Supreme Court is filled without undue and unnecessary delay.”

There’s no indication that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who has vowed to block any action on Garland’s nomination, cares what Evanston aldermen think about the issue.

And Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), who is in a tough battle for re-election and might conceivably care, has already indicated that he would consider voting for Garland.

Although city officials in Evanston are elected on a non-partisan basis, the mayor is a frequent contributor to Democratic political causes.

(Above: Judge Garland with President Obama at the White House ceremony announcing his nomination on March 16.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Good for you, Madame Mayor!

    I have no doubt that a super-majority of Evanston residents support this resolution. Say, I'm a "frequent contributor to Democratic political causes". Guess I'm qualified to be Mayor, too. 😉

    1. Great idea. Maybe it will have an effect

      Great idea. NON PARTISAN. If lots more cities do this, maybe it would have some effect on Congress.

  2. Council not have enough of its own business ?
    Why is the Council—and I assume they think the city—getting involved in this. As the courts say “they have no standing”, purpose or right to do this.
    With all the problems Evanston has they should be taking care of Evanston not getting involved in federal policy or decisions.
    If they want to write to “someone” in Washington, let them send their own private letter with no notice/implication of representing Evanston or even title.

  3. Stay out of this…
    It is my thought that the Mayor and our elected representatives should stay out of this matter unless they are planning to run for another elected position…I hope not.

    John Barfield

    1. At least, in the old days,
      At least, in the old days, the council pretended that they were not a political party.

  4. City Council’s Scope
    This is not the role of City Council, and they should be focusing on issues here at home. They may be suggesting pay increases that seem more suitable for higher office, but that is not what the people of Evanston voted for.

    1. Meaningless Left Wing Virtue Signalling
      Jeez, concentrate on governing the municipality you’re SUPPOSED to be governing.

      But, no, the left wing loons that infect this community simply can’t help themselves, so they make a useless display to make them feel oh-so-good.

      Fix the streets, stop the murders and gangs, and fix the pensions, and THEN maybe you can pat yourselves on the back for having all the “right” views.

      1. But it’s 2016!
        The council is morally compelled inject itself in this federal issue on behalf of all residents; they can’t let us be on the wrong side of history, after all.

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