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Evanston’s former partner in running the city’s animal shelter apparently isn’t interested in handing over any funds raised for the shelter’s expansion.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in a memo prepared for tonight’s City Council meeting, says an attorney for the Community Animial Rescue Effort has so far declined to provide information about disposition of money the group has raised — beyond already public financial statements.

At last report, the group had nearly $1.3 million in assets, of which more than $500,000 had been designated for building expansion.

Bobkiewicz says he now believes CARE “is not interested in a meaningful dialogue.”

He says he will recommend that the city work with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, which has opened an inquiry into CARE’s finances.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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