Early voting begins today for the March 18 primary election, and the hot local issue is whether to abolish Evanston Township and have Evanston city government take over its duties.

Except for sheriff, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner and some judicial races there are no contests in Democratic primary races that Evanston voters get to participate in.

The Republican primary has more interest at the top of the ticket, with four candidates seeking the gubernatorial nomination and two in the U.S. Senate race.

Full lists of candidates are available online.

The nearest early voting location for Evanston voters is at the Evanston Civic Center.

Will you vote to abolish Evanston Township and have the city take over its duties?

Related documents

League of Women Voters Township Referendum Fact Sheet

Public Act 098-0127 authorizing the referendum

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

  1. Illinois has nearly double

    Illinois has nearly double the number of government offices, some elected and some appointed, as the next highest state in the United States. Although I believe that the township functions should be consolidated at the county level throughout the entire state, I believe that the elimination of Evanston Township is a small but good start. Hopefully people will begin to realize that many millions can be saved by a thorough review of the entire Illinois —-> county —-> town —-> school and library administative structures.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *