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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Community forum entry by: Martha Gaines

Dear Editor: I served on the Ridgeville Park District Board of Commissioners from 2009-2013 and I enthusiastically support Debby Braun for the Ridgeville Park District Board.

Ridgeville, an independent park district in south Evanston, is composed of approximately 20,000 residents living between Greenleaf and Howard and between the North Shore Channel and Chicago Avenue. Ridgeville has seven parks and offers programming and events for people of all ages year round, regardless of where they live.

Debby Braun has the experience, dedication, and focus that is required to be a Commissioner for Ridgeville. She served on the Board as an elected Commissioner from 1990-1996, and she has regular attendance at the Ridgeville Board meetings for the past two years as a concerned citizen. She is particularly familiar with the issues that the park district faces, the responsibilities and demands of the Commissioner position, and she also has a keen understanding of the park district budget.

Please join me on April 4th in voting for an experienced, dedicated, and focused candidate, Debby Braun for Ridgeville Park District Board of Commissioners.

Martha Gaines



Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017
Community forum entry by: Misty Witenberg

As a former 5th Ward candidate, I had the benefit of seeing candidate conduct under pressure and out of the public view. Coupled with the endorsement of former Mayor Lorraine H. Mortonís, who highlighted Murrayís 13+ years of service to the 5th Ward and her dedication as a community volunteer in promoting, community safety, affordable housing and in organizing annual events such as peace marches, job fairs and community forums, my decision was further solidified in supporting Carolyn Murray of Alderman of the 5th Ward.

Murray's the underdog in her race. She has 78x less funding than her opponent, but a community service record in Evanston's 5th Ward that spans 6x as long. Murray hosted 5th Ward meetings for more than a decade and currently co-chairs the West Evanston Strategic Team. She helped to found Evanstonís Youth & Young Adult Division through Evanstonís Youth Initiative, and hosted the cityís largest National Night Out.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Murray implemented Evanstonís 2 most successful gun buyback programs. As she organized the first of those programs in 2012, her own son was killed. But rather than be deterred, Murray went on in her role as a local and national spokesperson to hold gun violence prevention discussions with President Obama, the First Lady and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Her work and accomplishments have earned her front-page coverage on the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Daily News, MSNBCís Politics Nation and the Rachel Maddow Show.

Given our federal situation, my preference is an Alderman who can fully represent the 5th Ward, without conflicts of private financial interest, employment or contract making. That leaves only one candidate in Evanston's 5th Ward race.

I hope youíll join me, former Mayor Lorraine Morton and other supporters in voting for candidate Carolyn Murray as the 5th Wardís next Alderman.



Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Community forum entry by: Nisan and Sarah Chavkin

Mark Tendam for Mayor

When we chose to make our home in Evanston 25 years ago, one of the most important reasons was our belief that here everyone was welcome. It is also a reason we support Mark Tendam for Mayor.

Mark shares our belief that equity and inclusion matter. For eight years as alderman, he has supported and implemented many key steps to promote these values for all who live and work in Evanston. He pushed for the creation of a full-time City staff member who is dedicated exclusively to addressing issues of fairness and equality. Mark has supported innovations in city police practices. He led the overhaul of the Cityís Affordable Housing Ordinance. He supports the education referendum, an increased minimum wage, and increasing summer job programs for young people. Markís vision for an equal and inclusive city informs everything he does.

Mark has an encyclopedic knowledge of city issues and practices. He stands up for his beliefs and cares more about results than recognition. Mark will be a full-time mayor who will be here to celebrate the achievements of Evanston residents and listen to their concerns.

We believe that Mark Tendam is the right man to be mayor of Evanston at this moment in our nation's history. He has the experience and the values to defend what makes Evanston worthwhile. We are proud to support him.

Sarah and Nisan Chavkin



Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Community forum entry by: Jeanne Cook

Mark Tendam is the inclusive, kind, intelligent choice for Mayor of Evanston. Mark is the candidate who has the essential public service and consensus building experience to effectively lead the City Council. As he explained at a LWVA forum, his graphic arts experience allows him to view an issue from multiple sides and with multiple senses which provide him the best information to formulate solutions. His experience, personal information and values are transparent and accessible to voters. He has efficiently used appropriate resources for his campaign. He has refrained from wasting valuable resources, both his own and others, to promote himself because he respects and values the environment and conservation of resources. His priorities of affordable housing and intelligent economic growth for the city will ensure Evanston continues to be a livable, accessible and healthy environment for current residents, employers/employees, future residents, and visitors alike. Please join me and
VOTE TENDAM FOR MAYOR!



Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Community forum entry by: Carolyn Laughlin

With the upcoming vote on the D65 referendum, I took a deeper look at what D65 has produced. The strategic plan includes 56 pages of hopes and dreams. It's no wonder that I couldn't find the promised quarterly scorecard on progress against those voluminous goals. We're apparently no longer keeping track of progress against all those goals. What I did find was relatively recent outcome data on academic progress. Not sterling.

It strikes me that there is an obvious link between the vastness of our strategic plan "goals", and our lack of satisfactory academic achievement. How can our principals focus on, and be held accountable for, the ONE element (math and reading achievement) that must improve, with all the noise? If we really care about boosting the achievement of low income/students of color (you choose the label), while maintaining/increasing results for affluent/white students, then we should be clear and focused in our strategic plan.Instead we create unrealistic community expectations, and subsequently diffuse energy and critical accountability by including everything but the kitchen sink.

Zero in on what's most important, set the bar with each principal, provide the support required, measure results against targets, report out to the board and community,and hold feet to the fire.



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