So far no candidates have filed to run for the job of Evanston township assessor in next spring’s election.

Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson has told friends she’s not planning to seek a second term in the part-time job, and no other candidates have filed petitions yet.

Former township assessor Sharon Eckersall is rumored to be considering entering the race to try to reclaim the job she lost to Wilson by a 72 to 28 percent margin in 2009.

The township assessor doesn’t actually set property assessments — that job is performed by the county assessor’s office. But the township assessor does assist residents in filing appeals of their tax assessments.

Two candidates have filed to run for the part-time job of township supervisor. They are Keith Banks, of 2125 Washington St., the executive director of the Evanston Community Development Association and Gary Gaspard, of 415 Howard St., an adolescent treatment counselor at Youth Outreach Services.

All Evanston’s elected city officials, including Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Clerk Rodney Greene and the nine aldermen, say they’re planning to run for relection, and all but Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, had turned in their nominating petitions as of Tuesday.

Only two Evanston aldermanic races have drawn challengers so far. Mark Sloane, a certified public accountant and president of the Central Street Neighbors Association, is again running against Mark Tendam for the 6th Ward aldermanic post. And Thomas K. Just, of 327 Sherman Ave. a broker with The Apartment People rental agency, is challenging Ann Rainey to become 8th Ward alderman. 

Candidates for city and township offices have until 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 to file their petitions with Clerk Greene at the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Eliminate the Township

      If we didn't have a Township, we wouldn't need an unnecessary Township Supervisor.

      Evanston Taxpayers could save $500,000 per year, and the services for people in need can be provided by the City of Evanston. The $1,500,000 annual budget for the Township has redundancies and is consumed by overhead or bureacracy. Spend the money on providing the right services to the right people.Don't waste money.

      The Township structure is duplicative and expensive.

      Let's get our government institutions into the 21st century.

      Provide the needed services but at a lower cost.


  1. Cost savings

    Thomas:  City tried your way and found that their methodology of elimination wasn't going to happen.  The entire County must vote out township government according to State law.  No actual data was provided to show "savings" by elimination of these services through the Township.  City officials now want to help the Township by saving taxpayer dollars through measures such as providing office space and utilities to the elected Township officials. 

  2. Voters take action against Township office

    Since the Council does not seem willing or able to do away with the Township government, perhaps the voters can. 

    If we can get no one [or so few it is obvious that the person cannot reasonably take office] votes for any  Township candidate, perhaps the Council will get the idea.  Or have a massive write-in for some individual who will swear a blood oath not to take office, or resign when elected [if we can be sure the Council cannot put in a replacement].

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