Sorting out the judges ...

In every primary and general election it seems voters are presented with a long list of judges up for retention or competeing for a vacancy.

In the past ... newspapers printed guidelines ... bar asociations published recommendations ... voters clipped the articles, assembled the bar association recommendations and head to the polls. Some would assemble handwritten hit lists of either who to vote for or against. However, for many, long minutes were spent in voting booth matching newsprint articles, recommendations; handwritten lists and the names on the ballotts.

Now, newspaper articles are behind paywalls and without a subscription you are out of luck ... bar associations have poliferated as have their recommendations ... no one makes paper lists ...and the list of judges is not getting shorter.

Fortunately one on-line organization has made an effort to sort throuh this maze:

Here you can find a lot of information including:

The summary recommendations of the 12 bar associations that jointly evaluate judges and make separate recommendations:

The recommendations of the Chicago Bar Association which conducts it's own, separate and highly regarded evaluations:

These two pretty much cover the subject.

For those who want to explore further there are the evaluation narratives of two organizations that participate in the Alliance of Bar Associations evaluations ... and the grid of the 12 Alliance Associatioins individual evaluations:

But, whether judges are your thing or not, remember to do one thing on November 3rd ...



City Manager Selection Process Fails Residents


Last night, Oct. 19th, 2020 The Evanston City council selected the new city manager in spite of the calls from the public have a more transparent process and community input as was promised early in the year. 

The Alliance for a Better Government, an Evanston group striving to shine a light on our Evanston Process's which habitually bypass real public involvement, and lack transparency wrote the letter below.  The decision to select the interim manager was decided within hours after the public had the opportunity to hear the interviews with the 3 candidates which HR.Gov had whittled down from 70 applications. You can watch the City Manager Candidate Forum here:

The residents never had time to give their alderpeople their residents input as far as what they felt were the pros and cons of each candidate because, after the forum, the council went into executive session and made their decision. 

Below is a letter from The Community Alliance for Better Government (Read more)


Harley Clarke Mansion Proposals to be Presented at Special City Council Meeting, September 21

Source: Tom Suffredin 9/15/2020

Entities that submitted proposals for the Harley Clarke Mansion and Coach House, located at 2603 Sheridan Rd., will present their proposals at a Special City Council Meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.

The meeting, which will be conducted virtually, will be broadcast live on Channel 16 and on the City's YouTube channel.

Proposals to be presented include:

More information is available at

(Presenters will have 15 minutes to present each proposal.)

RoundTable Survey Request

The Evanston RoundTable has asked that we pass along the following survey:



To prepare for the relaunch of the Evanston RoundTable newspaper, the Roundtable is conducting a short survey.

The RoundTable recently transitioned to a nonprofit organization to better serve its mission assuring that Evanston maintains an authoritative, independent journalistic voice that can hold accountable our elected officials and government, and keep us informed on the social and cultural life of the community.

The RoundTable has just launched an online survey of local reader habits. We want to hear from current readers of the RoundTable, as well as former readers and people who never read the paper at all.

The survey is short and no personal information will be collected.

Would you please consider forwarding this survey to the CSNA?

Thanks in advance for your help - and here’s a link to the survey:

Save Live Music at Post 42 Patio

Dear Neighbors,

City Council will vote Monday night on a Special Event Permit for the American Legion Post 42 Patio Events. 

If you value live local music here on Central Street please write your alderman and ask them to support the permit, or let them know your position.

Post 42 is unique. For many years it has collaborated with Blue Grass Chicago to provide one of the best indoor Blue Grass venues in Chicago.  Building on that tradition Post 42 has remodeled the patio area to support a COVID compliant outdoor event space delivering local entertainment to local residents and benefiting local veteran programs ... a triple 'Win' at a time when we all need some safe entertainment.

Please write your alderman and let them know your position on SAFE live local music at Post 42.

The agenda Item is A5 on the Consent Agenda

A5.Approval of Special Event: American Legion Post 42 Patio Concerts
Staff recommends approval of the special event permit application submitted by the Evanston American Legion Post 42 to host live music concerts on city property adjacent to the Chandler-Newberger Center. Costs for city services provided for events require a 100% reimbursement from the sponsoring organization or event coordinator. These fees are waived for City events and City co-sponsored Events.
For Action
Approval of Special Event: American Legion Post 42 Patio Concerts

The City Council  9/14 meeting packet information for this agenda item is available here.

Post 42 has provided the following information:


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