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Mayor wants to inject Evanston in high court dispute

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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.)

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