Alderman Jane Grover’s last City Council meeting was Dec. 15. RoundTable  photo

Seventh Ward Alderperson Jane Grover has announced that she will leave office on Dec. 31 to become the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) Outreach Principal. In her new position,

She will lead the agency’s engagement with regional elected officials, civic and business groups for its comprehensive and coordinated planning initiatives. CMAP is the official regional planning organization for seven northeastern Illinois counties which developed and now guides implementation of metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040. “I look forward to serving our larger, regional community by helping to advance CMAP’s mission,” said Ald. Grover.

She has served as Seventh Ward alderperson since being elected in 2009. “There is no better community than Evanston to do the important work of local public service and it has been a privilege and honor to serve. I have loved this job. Thank you to Evanston residents for the opportunity, to our incomparable Mayor [Elizabeth] Tisdahl, my wonderful City Council colleagues, and this City’s extraordinary staff,” said Ms. Grover.

In a letter to her constituents, she also said, “Please know that it has indeed been a singular pleasure and privilege to serve this extraordinary Evanston community as alderwoman and I am most grateful for your shared insights and wisdom that have guided my work over the last six years.”

The following people have expressed an interest in serving as Seventh Ward alderman: Spencer Stern, Mary Rosinski, Eleanor Revelle, John Zbesko, Carl Bova and Lori Keenan. Anyone who wishes to add or withdraw his or her name should contact the Mayor’s office.

Mayor Tisdahl will hold a community meeting  at 7 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Parasol Room of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., at which she will ask residents about the qualities they would like to see in the new alderman, whom she will appoint.