Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has put her dignity, and that of the full City Council, on the line.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has put her dignity, and that of the full City Council, on the line.

The mayor announced at Monday’s City Council meeting that she’s made a bet with Mayor Bill Ham Jr. of Auburn, Ala., under which the council in the town whose team loses the Outback Bowl on New Years Day, will have to wear T-shirts from the victor’s school at their first council meeting of the new year.

The mayor, who pushed vigorously to get the City Council to ban video gaming from Evanston earlier this fall, seemed only slightly sheepish as she announced her venture into gambling to the aldermen, and extracted a promise from Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald that he wouldn’t let her lose the bet.

Fitzgerald distributed NU T-shirts and hats to the council. He said he appreciates all the support from residents this year, and noted that the team has several practices coming up this week that would be open for residents to watch.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Who will wear the shirts of shame?
    Way to go Mayor Tisdahl!

    While few here approve of gambling… Many would certainly support a wager of this nature.

    Dictionary.com says: “a pledge of a forfeit risked on some uncertain outcome; wager: Where do we place our bets?”

    Go Wildcats and stay purple City Council!

    =;D Brian Becharas

  2. GO CATS
    You can do it,make it a bowl win on 1-1-10.When they win we will be lining the streets to welcome Fitz and the kids back after a 60 year wait.Get the Fire trucks and officers cars cleaned and ready.

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