Be Careful What You Ask For

Both by nature and training I tend to look at multiple sides of issues. So, both to try and see if lemonade is extractable from the sour taste of the last Tower vote, and to try and extend some credit to Council members, I stepped back and looked at the punt to the Plan Commission in another light. One way to view it is that residents got, in part, what they asked for.

Tower Remains in Procedural Purgatory

The Focus Development proposed 38-story 708 Church Street project remains in a parliamentary cul-de-sac after no action was taken at the Planning & Development Committee meeting last night, May 12, to remove from "the table" Ald. Wynne's motion to recommend denying the request for the zoning changes necessary to move the project forward (for background on how the matter was tabled to begin with, click here.)

Since the essence of this post is that nothing happened, I will let it go at that.

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Rolanda Russell, New Interim City Manager

Rolanda Russell has been an assistant city manager with Evanston for about 18 months. A native Illinoisan who graduated from SIU, Russell worked on her master’s at Illinois (Champaign) and has a certificate from Harvard’s JFK School of Government for attending a leadership program. After working for 12 years with the public sector in Decatur, Ill., Russell moved to Roanoke, Va. in 2001 and received good reviews for her work as Assistant City Manager for Community Development before leaving to take the Evanston job in 2006.

Rolanda Russell, New Interim City Manager

Rolanda Russell has been an assistant city manager with Evanston for about 18 months. A native Illinoisan who graduated from SIU, Russell worked on her master’s at Illinois (Champaign) and has a certificate from Harvard’s JFK School of Government for attending a leadership program. After working for 12 years with the public sector in Decatur, Ill., Russell moved to Roanoke, Va. in 2001 and received good reviews for her work as Assistant City Manager for Community Development before leaving to take the Evanston job in 2006.

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Blair Kamin's Chicago Tribune "Tower" Columns

A collection of Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin's numerous columns and articles on the 708 Church Street "Tower" project, including his recent pieces, can be found online by clicking this link. Kamin originally wrote in favor of the project but has also voiced reservations, and has taken a more balanced view this winter and spring, possibly even attending at least one session at the Civic Center.

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