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Tisdahl brings out big guns

Evanston mayoral candidate Elizabeth Tisdahl brought U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to town to campaign for her today.

Tisdahl, stung by charges from opponents that she’s part of a "machine" of established politicians in town, filled the bar area at Pete Miller’s restaurant downtown with supporters — including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who embraced the machine label.

More than 100 people turned out for the event — including most of the city’s incumbent aldermen — and retiring mayor Lorraine Morton, who urged Tisdahl to run.

Meanwhile, outside the bar on a rainy Sherman Avenue, candidate Barnaby Dinges trolled for votes, in what he has portrayed as his insurgent campaign for mayor.

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