A busload of Evanston civic, education, and religious leaders boarded a bus at Ryan Field and departed shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday for a daylong trip to the state capital in Springfield to lobby for issues important to the community.

It’s the sixth annual Lobby Day, co-sponsored by the City of Evanston and Northwestern University.

The event enables local residents and officials to buttonhole elected lawmakers to let them know how they feel about certain pieces of legislation, such as Senate Bill 1 that would redirect school funding in such a way that it would deprive local school districts of millions of dollars of state funds.

A full day of activities is on the agenda, including meetings with lawmakers and key state government officials. The group is expected to return to Ryan Field at about 10:30 p.m. tonight.

Last year, more than 60 participants traveled to Springfield for the event, including Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, members of the City Council, and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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