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Move afoot to cancel township referendum

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Opponents of an advisory referendum on whether to dissolve Evanston Township have filed petitions to hold a special town meeting seeking to deprive voters of a chance to have their ballots counted.

Town Clerk Rodney Greene says the petition drive, organized by Mary Baker of 139 Ridge Ave., achieved the 15 signatures required under the state township code.

The meeting now is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the City Council Chamber at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Because ballots for the March 20 election have already been printed, Greene says it won't be possible to remove the advisory question from the ballot.

But Greene says County Clerk David Orr has advised him that if the township authorities sent him a letter withdrawing the question that he could dispense with counting the votes on it.

A call this morning to Town Attorney Grant Farrar seeking clarification about procedures and voting rules for the special meeting was not immediately returned.

The township board, consisting of Evanston's nine aldermen and the mayor, voted 5-4 last fall to place the item on the March 20 ballot.

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