If you haven’t yet decided who to vote for in Tuesday’s election in Evanston, here are some ways to do your voter research.

If you haven’t yet decided who to vote for in Tuesday’s election in Evanston, here are some ways to do your voter research.

The Evanston Community Media Center is offering a marathon rebroadcast of various candidate forum sessions on cable channel 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until late evening on Sunday.

If you’re not up for spending quite that much time, you could just review Evanston Now’s Campaign 2009 coverage.

Here’s the full ECMC schedule:

Saturday, April 4

10:00 a.m. – District 65 & 202 (Civic Center)

Noon – Evanston Mayoral (Levy
Center)
1:50 p.m. – Evanston Mayoral (Evanston Public Library)

3:15 p.m. – Evanston Assessor (Northwestern)
3:45 p.m. – Evanston Mayoral (Northwestern)
5:15 p.m. – Evanston Mayoral
(ECMC)

Sunday, April 5

Noon – Evanston Aldermanic Wards 1-4 (Evanston Public Library)
1:50 p.m. – Evanston
Aldermanic Wards 5-9 (Evanston Public Library)
3:50 p.m. – Evanston Aldermanic
Ward 1 (Civic Center)
4:50 p.m. – Evanston Aldermanic Ward 4 (Civic Center)

5:50 p.m. – Evanston Aldermanic Ward 5 (Civic Center)
6:40 p.m. – Evanston
Aldermanic Ward 6 (Civic Center)
7:45 p.m. – Evanston Aldermanic Ward 7 (Civic
Center)
8:50 p.m. – Evanston Aldermanic Ward 9 (Civic Center) 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. “Highly Recommended” by the Central Street NIMBY Association
    I thought that Jane Grover was the least of three evils in the 7th ward, but then I went to see the latest misinformation at the CSNA site, and Grover proudly announces that she is the only candidate “Highly Recommended” by the Central Street NIMBY Association.

    Can anyone provide a list of all of their recommendations, so enquiring minds will know which candidates to avoid? I didn’t see that on the site. It looks like they support Tisdahl (appropriately, since she also opposes any sort of progress) and Grover. Is there anyone else ?

    It also appears that the CSNA is thinking strategically, and chose Tisdahl over the more pure NIMBY Lindwall because Lindwall has no chance of winning. (Or perhaps Mr. Smith wants help from the Machine should he run for office next year..whatever.)

    Those of us who do not want Tisdahl in office need to do the same, and get behind a single candidate. Barnaby’s negatives are too high (the whole Mimi issue, etc.) -and I don’t know many Barnaby supporters who object to Opdycke. It seems that Opdycke is the logical consensus candidate.

    1. Who as usually you don’t get it.
      Who now you realize Jane Grover has issues, where have you been? If you read her post and listen to her forum questions she has no real opinions or understanding of issues.

      As for youre lack of Support of Barnaby Dinges, you are wrong again, I have talked to Stuart Opdycke several times, I do think he is fine, but I think Dinges will do better.

      You may end up with Tisdahl. The machine is pushing hard.

    2. High praise for Stuart Opdycke
      OK..I found the full CSNA commentaries here .

      Tisdahl and Barnaby are “recommended”.

      Interestingly, Lindwall is ‘not recommended’ because:
      ” in a four-way race, use of the ballot becomes an issue. Of the candidates favoring balanced development, Ms. Lindwall has had less success in building upon her base and reaching out to all parts of Evanston.”

      And Stuart Opdycke, the most intellectually honest of the four candidates, is ‘not recommended’:
      “His position on downtown development is at odds with those of the CSNA board members and, we believe, most residents.”

      So the obvious question is..why is Barnaby ‘recommended’ by the NIMBYs Association, when he has not demonstrated sufficient anti-development zeal?

      They are concerned about Lindwall splitting the vote..in favor of whom?

      It looks like the Central Street NIMBYs want Tisdahl, and they are using Barnaby as a useful tool to split the pro-development vote. Their harshest criticism is directed at Stuart Opdycke, because they know that he is the only serious opposition to the NIMBY/Machine status quo.

      And then in the 7th ward…the silly, sorry 7th ward…the choice is between the CSNA/Machine favored Jane Grover, John Zbesko who is suffering a case of “anti-development fever” ( which looks more and more like “anti-development mad cow disease” as he becomes more and more shrill against development)..or Kevin O. I thought that Jane was the least offensive, but then the CSNA endorsement came.

      So what is to be done? As in the 9th, the pragmatic path of choosing the least offensive credible candidate is the only option. Zbesko might actually win, and that would be a defeat for the CSNA/Machine alliance – and maybe when he is done pandering for the election, he will start acting like a grown up and confine his activities to reviewing the police department’s computer purchases. Once Zbesko is forced to actually balance a budget, he won’t be able to pander to the Central Street NIMBYs and Friends of the Dilapidated Civic Center – and it would be fun to see how Zbesko would handle his famous pig-bearing constituent and supporter at Council meetings.

  2. Making a decision in the Ninth Ward
    I made my decision on alderman for the Ninth Ward this morning when I found a door hanger on my front door bearing an ALL CAPS headline:

    “DON’T LET OUTSIDERS RUN THE 9TH WARD!”

    “Outsiders?” I thought, “What is this all about?”

    It was a piece from Mimi Peterson. Her argument in the piece was, essentially, that her opponents are compromised, but she is not. According to Peterson, Burrus is compromised because she works for Northwestern (like many of our other neighbors in the ward), and Mike Drennan is compromised because, apparently, Peterson thinks he’s a one-issue candidate.

    But where does Peterson come up with “outsiders?”

    Burrus has lived in the ward for nine years and has been active on two city commissions for a number of years. Drennan has lived in Evanston for most of his life and is active on the city’s solid waste recycling committee.

    So the incendiary, ALL CAPS headline on Peterson’s door hanger not only made no sense, it reinforced the image of Peterson as a bit of a nasty campaigner.

    The real kicker came on the other side, though.

    Peterson reprints an Evanston Review endorsemnet of her. One problem… In tiny, light gray print at the bottom of the “endorsement” is the date of the endorsement:

    March 24, 2005!

    Yes, 2005

    This year, the Review endorsed Burrus.

    That cinched my choice. Between Drennan and Burrus, I’ll end up voting for Burrus.

    This “DON’T LET OUTSIDERS…” claim smacks of the kind of divide-and-conquer tactics employed by Karl Rove. If Peterson loses, it would be her third loss in an aldermanic race.

    Maybe there’s a message there.

    1. Take one for the team, Drennan
      Michael Drennan seems like a well meaning guy..so I hope that he will quit his campaign and ask his supporters to vote for Burrus.

      While Drennan would probably be a good alderman – by 9th ward standards – the important thing here is defeating Mimi and her dirty tricks. There will plenty of opportunities in the future for Drennan to run for office, and his chances in future elections will be enhanced if he pulls out now and helps Burrus defeat Mimi. On the other hand, if Mimi wins in a plurality, Drennan will be known as a Nader-like spoiler.

      Drennan supporters – ask yourself, do you think that he will win? Is Burrus really a terrible alternative?

      1. I voted for Drennan
        To those who think Drennan should drop out I counter charge that Burres should drop out. May the best man win.

  3. Committee appointments
    Barnaby doesn’t seem to have many contributors in Evanston. Other than a ‘leaning Barnaby’ from Bill Smith, the only other Evanston residents I know of who seem to support Barnaby are Junad, Kevin, and Mimi.

    At least committee meetings will become more interesting, after Barnaby makes some appointments.

  4. ” Road To Nowhere ” & ” Evanston Politics “
    The absolute tragedy and failure of most of the challenging candidates and all Evanston media (print or online, alleged to be driven by the highest journalistic standards) to confront and expose the real issues facing Evanston and giving those elected officials, who brought us to such dire straits, who are running again in this election, a get out of “accountability” free card…… Well it reminds me of a great old Talking Heads song:

    “Road To Nowhere” By The Talking Heads copyright 1985

    “Well, we know where we’re going, but we don’t know where we’ve been

    And we know what we’re knowing, but can’t say what we’ve seen

    And we’re not little children and we know what we want

    And the future is certain, give us time to work it out”

    The album is titled: “Little Creatures”.

    Remember fellow citizens, the “Evanston Machine” is planning and counting on the citizens to stay in the dark and on the “Road To Nowhere”. Prove them wrong, call their bluff and make an informed vote. Speak Truth To Power, it’s not lethal, however, Not Speaking Truth To Power Is!

    Kevin O’Connor
    7th Ward Aldermanic Candidate
    http://www.rebootev.com

    1. We didn’t start the fire
      Kevin O’Connor says:
      “Evanston and giving those elected officials, who brought us to such dire straits, who are running again in this election, a get out of “accountability” free card…… Well it reminds me of a great old Talking Heads song:

      “Road To Nowhere” By The Talking Heads copyright 1985″

      I remember back when I was in junior high or high school, kids would write papers for English class on Camus’ “The Stranger”, and always start the paper with a quote from the Billy Joel song. I felt sorry for the teachers who had to read all of those compositions.

  5. Unfortunately, Tisdahl is a shoe in
    I hate to say this but there ain’t no way Tisdahl will lose the mayoral race.

    The Democrat party is backing Tisdahl with feet and finances. That also means the African-American community will overwhelmingly support her 100 percent.

    The AA voting bloc is extremely unified, and will easily tip the scales for the Democratic party’s favored candidate. In this case, that’s Tisdahl.

    Disclaimer: I support Opdyke.

    1. Vote the Evanston Machine OUT!
      Anyone who is sick and tired of being fleeced and lied to…need to vote to retake and begin to reshape the Evanston political and economic structure away from the Evanston Machine. I say get rid of the Evanston Machine and vote Tisdahl and her allies, which are in firm control of Evanston, OUT! Otherwise, a safe prediction is: In Evanston there will never again be a Black, Independent or Republican mayor, and there will always be a “machine mayor.” (Like Daley)

      VOTE FOR STUART OPDYCKE.

      He is an independent and fiscal conservative. His agenda is to carefully examine the budget with a view to reducing spending. He is not a tax and spend liberal. Stuart served on the ETHS Board of Education for ten years from 1984-1994 and on the Evanston Planning Commission from 2005 to present day, and is the current chairman.

      Opdycke has always been an ardent supporter of civic and community affairs and a trusted voice. If you view the all the recent forums and check out his website http://www.stuartopdycke.com you will see a real picture of a true Evanston Mayor – Stuart Opdycke.

      His devotion to Evanston is illustrated in a comical anecdote from a few years ago. A friend chided Opdycke that he should start going to church more regularly or he would not go to heaven when he died. Opdycke’s response was quick and to the point,“I don’t care if I don’t go to heaven, I just don’t want to leave Evanston”. This is the kind of Mayor we want for Evanston.

      Make your vote count and VOTE for STUART OPDYCKE for Mayor. Leading Evanston into the Future! Vote April 7.

  6. Support for Liz Tisdahl
    The State of Illinois currently ranks 45th (out of 50 states) in bringing back federal dollars compared to what Illinois citizens pay INTO the federal treasury. Illinois ranks equally low (if not lower)in supporting public education. Yet, Illinois is the 5th most
    populous state and contains Chicago, the third largest metropolitan area and the transportation hub (air, railroad, water, and highway combined) of the country.

    What does this have to do with Evanston? For the first time in the 30+ years that I have lived in Evanston and been active in the community, I believe we have a candidate who thinks outside the borders of Evanston, understands that we are part of a larger policy-making (and funding) system (for better and for worse), and understands how to work with the many layers of government. Liz Tisdahl, as a
    member of the high school board and then as a council member now running for mayor, has worked to create strong working relationships in the metropolitan area and at the state and federal levels. These
    relationships will bring resources BACK to Evanston to enable the city to support the many programs we recognize as desirable in a healthy, sustainable, working whole.

    We should not miss this chance to improve the long-term economic circumstances of the City of Evanston. Liz understands that it is not how big a piece of the pie we get, but how big the pie is of which we’re trying to get a piece. She will work to increase the size of that pie, for the benefit not only of Evanston but for other suburbs, the City of Chicago, and the state as a whole, thereby supporting the health and well-being of all, so municipalities don’t have to go head-to-head grasping for ANY economic development. With an eye on the federal pot that we pay into and a refilled state Treasury, Illinois communities and schools — including Evanston’s — will have access to more resources.

    I am happy to be able to vote for Liz Tisdahl for Mayor.

    — Debbie Hillman

    Debbie Hillman, Coordinator
    Illinois Local & Organic Food & Farm Task Force
    Co-chair, Evanston Food Policy Council
    847/328-7175
    DLHillman@sbcglobal.net

  7. Mr Who knows nothing – you are flip flopping?
    “Mr Who knows nothing” you have changed from Grover to Zbesko, shows you do not know what is going on in town!

    Since you live in the 1st ward maybe you should go out and knock door to door for Wollin?

    1. Flip flop?
      “”Mr Who knows nothing” you have changed from Grover to Zbesko, shows you do not know what is going on in town”

      I know that all 3 candidates are terrible. I thought that Grover was the least offensive – but then the CSNA rated her best, which means that she is the worst. (Interesting fact: CSNA finds O’Connor acceptable, but not Opdycke…says something about CSNA, doesn’t it?)

      Call it a flip-flop if you want. Having an enquiring mind means being willing to change an opinion when new information is available.

  8. Support for Liz Tisdahl: how government works and should work
    The State of Illinois currently ranks 45th (out of 50 states) in bringing back federal dollars compared to what Illinois citizens pay INTO the federal treasury. Illinois ranks equally low (if not lower)in supporting public education. Yet, Illinois is the 5th most populous state and contains Chicago, the third largest metropolitan area and the transportation hub (air, railroad, water, and highway combined) of the country.

    What does this have to do with Evanston? For the first time in the 30+ years that I have lived in Evanston and been active in the community, I believe we have a candidate who thinks outside the borders of Evanston, understands that we are part of a larger policy-making (and funding) system (for better and for worse), and understands how to work with the many layers of government. Liz Tisdahl, as a member of the high school board and then as a council member now running for mayor, has worked to create strong working relationships in the metropolitan area and at the state and federal levels. These relationships will bring resources BACK to Evanston to enable the city to support the many programs we recognize as desirable in a healthy, sustainable, working whole.

    We should not miss this chance to improve the long-term economic circumstances of the City of Evanston. Liz understands that it is not how big a piece of the pie we get, but how big the pie is of which we want a piece. She will work to increase the size of that pie, for the benefit not only of Evanston but for other suburbs, the City of Chicago, and the state as a whole so that municipalities don’t have to go head-to-head grabbing at ANY economic development carrot. With an eye on the federal pot that we pay into and a refilled state Treasury, Illinois communities and schools — including Evanston’s — will have access to more resources.

    I am pleased to be able to vote for Liz Tisdahl for Mayor.

    — Debbie Hillman

    Debbie Hillman, Coordinator
    Illinois Local & Organic Food & Farm Task Force
    Co-chair, Evanston Food Policy Council

    1. How government should not work! ( Liz Tisdahl)
      You have not said anything concrete in your statement of how Liz will do anything to make government work better. Could be in six years she has not done much.

      The stimulus funds she talked about are coming in the tune of about $1.2 million dollars a drop in the bucket of our needs- and please note she had nothing to do with getting Evanston one dime of the funding!

      Lets get real here, Liz has all but stated she will be raising taxes next year, so I do not really care what you or anyone else is saying about her ability to make contacts with other government units, it is useless to us taxpayers.

      Finally in your support for her are you hoping she will give your group more funding? We don’t need our shrinking pot of tax dollars going for a local farm!

      1. CSNA and J. Smith support Tisdahl
        Junad –

        I wonder if you saw Jeff Smith’s endorsement of Tisdahl in the Evanston Review.

        What do you think of this? Is Mr. Smith – potential candidate for state rep – trying to stay in the good graces of the Machine? Or could it be that the CSNA – like Tisdahl – supports high taxes, inflated city budgets, and limited economic development?

        I think that the CSNA likes high taxes. As we all know, the CSNA thinks that there are too many people in Evanston. High property taxes, making it hard to afford to live in Evanston, will keep population lower, and make it easier for CSNA members to find parking spaces downtown.

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