The Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program presents the Public Service Challenge, a non-partisan one day workshop created to provide practical information on campaigning and holding office in Evanston.

The workshop takes place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center at 1500 McDaniel Ave. The workshop fee is $30 and includes lunch. Some scholarships are available.

Evanston voters will elect candidates to the city’s two school districts next April. The next city government election is in 2017.

Other civic organizations partnering in the Public Service Challenge include ETHS Parents Engaged, Evanston/Skokie PTA Council, League of Women Voters Evanston, Latino Resources, and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

The PSC brings together a variety of experts and leaders to share their knowledge on the local election process and topics such as nominating petitions, organizing campaign committees, legal requirements for public office, fund-raising, election laws, school district budgets, and the relationship between elected officials and administrative leadership.

Leadership Evanston Director Jennifer Moran says that both potential candidates and those who wish to work on campaigns should find the workshop useful.

She added, “Leadership Evanston’s goal is to prepare and encourage as many residents as possible to be engaged as leaders, because that helps our whole community thrive.”

For more information or to register, visit or call 847-492-0990.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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