Here’s a recap our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council and Evanston Township Board meetings.

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  1. Township code

    In response to discussion whether or not the Mayor is considered a Trustee of the Township Board and therefore would have a vote, Sec. 15-70 of the Illinois Township Code on Townships within a City states:

    "The city council of any coterminous city located in a county with a population of less than 1,000,000 may, by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of its members, authorize the township supervisor to preside over portions of city council meetings when the city council is exercising powers that would ordinarily be exercised by the township board in a township not organized under this Article. While the township supervisor is presiding, the supervisor has one vote and the mayor has no vote."

    Therefore it would seem the Mayor does have a vote so long as the Supervisor is not presiding over the meeting, which begs the question why the Township Supevisor does not typically preside over Township Boad meetings?  But for those that would like to see Supervisor Vance lead and vote at the Township meetings, they need a 3/4 vote fo the City Council to make that happen which seems unlikely.

  2. Township

    I believe there is more than 1,000,000 people in Cook County.  Your idea is for smaller counties in Illinois.

    1. I stand corrected.

      Good catch… I stand corrected.  Then perhaps in the absence of statute for counties with more than 1 million, the Mayor cannot run the meeting and vote.

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