Supporters of and objectors to the proposed Evanston Voter Initiative referendum will square off at a Cook County Circuit Court hearing Thursday morning.

The supporters, represented by former Gov. Pat Quinn, seek to establish a binding referendum process to circument the normal mechanism for adopting ordinances by City Council vote.

Opponents claim the referendum is barred by the state constitution and fatally flawed because of ambiguity in several of its provisions.

After the Evanston Electoral Board agreed with the opponents and voted to remove the referendum from the ballot, supporters sought review of the board’s decision by the Circuit Court.

For those who want to delve more deeply into the arguments on both sides, we’ve attached below links to copies of the briefs submitted to the court by the proponents and opponents of the referendum.

Memorandum from referendum advocates (.pdf 20MB)

Response from referendum opponents (.pdf 167KB)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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