As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Evanston RoundTable Media NFP is required to abide by Internal Revenue Service restrictions on our coverage of elections. Under the IRS guidelines, we may “not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
The RoundTable continues to cover City Council, the school boards, businesses and the arts as part of our effort to report and write about the important issues facing Evanston. During election seasons, this can include news coverage of candidate forums, information about voter registration drives, early voting times and places and time of voting on Election Day. We also have continued our tradition of offering candidates for local office the opportunity to answer questions, in an effort to inform and educate readers.
In light of the IRS guideline, the RoundTable does not publish endorsements of candidates – either our own or those that are submitted by third parties. That means we do not publish letters of support or opposition to candidates. We do, however, report as news when a particular group or public figure endorses a candidate(s).