Tisdahl says crime down 13 percent

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, in her State of the City message today, said major crime dropped 13.4 percent in 2009 compared to the year before.

The mayor also said that the only murder during the year helped spark the city’s drive to win an $18 million federal grant to rehabilitate foreclosed homes in the city.

With Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro sitting in the audience, the mayor said 2009 also marked the establishment of a new model of town-gown relations. With Schapiro’s arrival at the university, she said, a new era of good will has been established on both sides.

The mayor said she and the City Council have had to make tough decisions to bring the city’s budget into balance, and, addressing a roomful of business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event at the Hotel Orrington, she praised the caliber of the employees the city has had to laid off and encouraged any businesses that may be hiring to offer them jobs.

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