Wed. Sept 22nd 5/5th TIF Community Organized Zoom Discussion with TIF Expert Tom Tressor for the Civic Lab

Proposed 5/5ths TIF Financially Impacts Every resident in every ward and deserves full exploration before council members rush to approve a 23 year financial commitment which involves 10s of Millions of dollars and over 14 acres of public land and the Civic Center. 

 Join your neighbors for a discussion, Q&A & Action


Evanston TIFs - Panel discussion Thurs. July 29th 7:00 join zoom

Corrected Tif ImageOn July 29th at 7:00 PM, Community Alliance for Better Government (CABG)  will be hosting a forum on the proposed 5th Ward TIF.

Registration for the free event is available on Community Alliance for Better Government’s website and below.

The event will be moderated by Sebastian Nalls with Council Member Bobby Burns and attorney Jeff Smith as the primary speakers.

Sebastian will ask Bobby Burns and Jeff Smith a series of questions regarding TIFs which will be followed by questions from the community. This will be a virtual event hosted on Zoom and livestreamed on social media platforms.

Attendees and those who can't attend can submit questions before and during the event by emailing


Video of the Town Hall with Daniel Biss

To watch the smaller  in-line version click on the video thumbnail below. To watch the full frame hi-def version then click on the YouTube logo at the bottom.



Why Daniel Biss's Convo with CSNA Is Cool

A brief rant on "town hall meetings" and why the meeting Tuesday, June 29 is unusual and worth attending.

The phrase "town meeting" conjures up images of the public at an old-fashioned public meeting, giving their elected officials a piece of their mind. Norman Rockwell's famous 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech" (right) depicts such a "town meeting" in Vermont.

In an ever-more-digitized and depersonalized era, with growing disconnect between government and the governed, my observation is that many -- not all, but many -- citizens are hungry for opportunities to be heard.

2021 Annual Meeting Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Please join us Tue., June 29 for our 15th Annual Meeting and a LIVE Town Hall with Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss.

Current members* are invited to attend and vote in the annual election of CSNA board members and officers which will be held from 7:00 to 7:15 PM.

Following the brief business meeting, members will have a special opportunity for an open live conversation with Mayor Biss. We encourage you to attend and bring (or e-mail to us in advance) your comments, questions, and concerns about the City! CSNA Vice President Jeff Smith will moderate the discussion. Questions/comments can be submitted in advance to

The meeting and Town Hall will be held in the 2nd floor American Legion Hall at 1030 Central St.  Post 42's cash bar will be open during the event.  CSNA will have coffee and water available.

COVID precautions: the American Legion doesn't require face coverings. However, CSNA asks those attending who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Since this is a live meeting, we won't be using ZOOM for audience interaction. We hope to record the event and post it to our website soon after.

Please also take this opportunity to join/rejoin CSNA for 2021-2022!  There are 4 ways:

  • Go to our on-line membership sign-up form;
  • Bring a check to the annual meeting;
  • Send a check to CSNA, P.O. Box 7050, Evanston, IL 60204-7050. Please include your name, postal and email addresses so we can send you meeting notices and updates; or
  • Email with your address and we will mail a sign-up envelope.

Note, to vote 6/29, US mail will be too late for us to get it.

Hope to see you Tuesday!  --CSNA

*Those who joined during our Spring 2020 membership drive or later during 2020 or 2021 are considered "Current" for this meeting ... but will  need to renew to be eligble to vote after thisTuesday.


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