Cub Scouts gather around the desk of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Photo by Charles Darwall.

Approximately 35 cub scouts from packs throughout Evanston learned about parliamentary procedure and city government from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl during “Citizenship Night” on Oct. 14 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Cub Scouts had questions for the mayor such as, “How well do you know President Obama?” and “Why did you decide to become mayor?”

The cub scouts took over the role of aldermen during one part of their visit, with Mayor Tisdahl leading a discussion, followed by a vote on a couple of hot topics – whether to adopt a “green” building ordinance and whether to continue to allow persons to sell merchandise during Northwestern University football games.

Facilities Manager David Cook gave the cub scouts a tour of the civic center building, and an overview of the history of the building and city government in Evanston.

Cub scout Ben Sanders, age 10, said the best part of the evening was the gavel pounding. Josh Sanders, age 7, seemed to prefer a more legislative bent, saying he liked discussing and voting on proposed City laws. Joe Leibforth, age 7, said his favorite part of the trip was seeing the mayor’s office and walking through the attic.

— Ben Sanders, Josh Sanders and Joe Leibforth contributed to this story.