Evanston voters by a four-to-one margin Tuesday said they favor rehabbing the current Civic Center building at 2100 Ridge Ave.

The referendum question backed by the Friends of the Civic Center drew far more total votes than the question placed on the ballot by the City Council, which assumed it would cost $31 million to do the rehab job. The Friends group had urged voters to ignore the council’s referendum.

Despite that, the council referendum, with the big price tag, was trailing by only a slim margin with nearly 76 percent of the city’s 70 precincts reporting.

In the school board races Katie Bailey, Keith Terry and Bonnie Lockhart seemed assured of election to the District 65 board with 72 percent of the precincts reporting.

In the Evanston Township High School board race newcomer Omar Khuri appeared to have won election along with incumbents Mary Wilkerson and Jane Colleton. However with 72 percent of the precincts reporting former board member Boris Furman appeared to not be completely out of the running.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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