By 2-1 votes on each objection, the City’s Electoral Board sustained the objections to a referendum question that would have altered the way City ordinances can be enacted. The board, composed of Mayor Stephen Hagerty, City Clerk Devon Reid and Alderman Ann Rainey, met on Jan. 15 to continue its Jan. 9 meeting. Mr. Reid voted against sustaining the objections.

The Electoral Board’s decision means that, absent a successful appeal through judicial review, the referendum question will not appear on the March 17 primary election ballot.

Former Governor Pat Quinn represented the Evanston Voter Initiative, which was spearheaded by local activist Allison Harned. Residents Jane Grover, Kent Swanson and Elizabeth Hanford filed the two objections.

Mr. Quinn told the RoundTable he planned to appeal, seeking judicial review in the circuit court.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...