Evanston’s aldermen are in for a busy next few days. The marathon starts with a budget workshop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to find ways to close the city’s projected $9.5 million budget gap for the coming year.

Then there’s the regular City Council and committee meetings starting Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Evanston’s aldermen are in for a busy next few days. The marathon starts with a budget workshop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to find ways to close the city’s projected $9.5 million budget gap for the coming year.

Then there’s the regular City Council and committee meetings starting Monday at 5:30 p.m.

And the City Clerk’s office has just announced that there’ll be a special City Council meeting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to discuss the city’s affordable housing strategy — which has been in some disarray with the recent turmoil in the real estate market.

Evanston Now is planning to have coverage of all three sessions, which will be held in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Accept in Full City Manager’s Recommendations
    Here’s an idea… the Alderman accept in full all of the City Manager’s thoughtful and reasoned recommendations to close the budget gap. The fact is we can all argue and push our elected officials to re-arrange this one hundred different ways but in the end, people aren’t going to be happy. Our expenses significantly exceed our revenue. We have a serious problem. By accepting in full the City Manager’s recommendations, the Council can focus its attention on long-term solutions to our budget problems, a more productive use of their time, in my opinion. This Council spent months vetting and selecting a highly trained professional to run this City. As painful as it is for everyone, let’s take his recommendations and move on.

  2. Agreed – let’s use the expertise we pay for!
    The city manager’s budget was crafted very thoughtfully with input from concerned and knowledgeable citizens. How about this year we do what the professionals we pay for have vetted? Otherwise, we risk government by shouting!

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