Evanston’s City Council will look dramatically different next year.

With the announcement at Monday’s council meeting by Alderman Edmund Moran, 6th Ward, that he will not run again, it’s clear that there will be at least four new faces on the council after April’s election.

In addition to Moran, Alderman Anjana Hansen, 9th Ward, confirmed Monday that she does not plan to seek re-election.

Earlier, Alderman Steve Bernstein, 4th Ward, announced that he would not run again, and Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl, 7th Ward, is leaving her post to join three other candidates seeking to succeed the retiring mayor, Lorraine Morton.

Moran, 61, who will have served 18 years on the council, said, “It’s been fun and exciting, but I think it’s time for somebody else to pick up the standard.”

“I’m not going away,” he added. “I still plan to work on Evanston issues.”

Moran didn’t say whether he plans to endorse a candidate in the race to succeed him, but said, “I’m confident the ward will elect somebody who’ll be a good representative for the community.”

Mark Sloane of 2512 Hartzell Street and Mark Tendam of 2448 Lincolnwood Drive have taken out petitions to run for the 6th Ward aldermanic seat.

Hansen, serving her first term on the council, is, at age 35, its youngest member. She cited time pressures as her reason for leaving.

Hansen, who is an assistant Cook County state’s attorney, said the election of a new state’s attorney next month may lead to changes in her primary job.

She also said that as her two children have entered school, she’s found that the demands on her time at home have not declined as she’d imagined they might.

Hansen says she’s supporting Plan Commissioner Coleen Burrus as her replacement. Burrus is the only announced candidate in the 9th Ward race so far.

Three new members joined the council after the last election in 2005.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Moran’s Decision Has Made My Day
    I’m sure there is rejoicing throughout the Sixth Ward that Ald. Moran has decided not to run again. Perhaps he actually realized how many of his constituents he alienated through his support for the ill-conceived 708 Church Street skyscraper. Whatever the reason he has decided not to run, Sixth Ward residents can hopefully look forward to a new alderman who will actually represent their positions . . . instead of stubbornly insisting that he knows better than the people who elected him what is best for Evanston.

  2. Good news on leaving the Council
    I am delighted to hear that Alderman “I never saw a low-income housing development that I didn’t like…in another ward” Moran is planning to leave the Council.

    Maybe, just maybe, that ward will elect someone who will advocate wise use of the City’s dwindling funds. We can’t afford the City’s current approach to throwing money at entities that develop low-income housing — see the other article posted about a City-sponsored bailout for housing entities that “serve” Evanston.

    Our current approach to low-income housing is not working and serves no one other than these entities whose paid administrators have little work to do.

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