Evanston Smear PAC Thumbs Nose at Campaign Finance Law

As widely reported, Evanston's ongoing municipal elections have been disrupted by negative mailings from a new, mysterious political committee  ("PAC") called Evanston Together, attacking five  candidates -- four challengers and one incumbent alderman, Tom Suffredin (6th) -- with false accusations. The PAC falsely accused the five of wanting to "abolish" Evanston's 70-year-old managerial form of government, when no candidate had been campaigning on such a plank or said that. In the case of one candidate, Clare Kelly, running a strong First Ward campaign, the attacks slunk into sheer character assassination. Now it appears the group, a chief contributor of which is lame-duck mayor Steve Hagerty, has also been violating Illinois campaign finance law by concealing the contributions and expenditures until this very late date.

The D-2 form just filed by the PAC shows two contributions of $5,000, one by Hagerty and one by a Wilmette resident who reportedly co-owns Evanston property, and one contribution of $1,000, all dated 3/24, along with expenditures of ~$13,000, none earlier than 3/26. The contribution and expenditure dates raised my eyebrows because voters have been receiving these mailings since mid-March. However, even taking the dates reported at face value, it looks like violation of law.



CSNA District 65 Candidate Forum 3/17/2021

After you click on the video above you can click on YouTube logo at the bottom of the video frame to watch a larger easier to see version streamed directly from the YouTube site. There you can also select the full sctreen option.  Speakers names should be more visible in the lower-left corner of the larger format streamed from YouTube.

District 65 Election Resources

CSNA Dist. 65 Candidate Forum Wed 3/17 7:00 PM

Central Street Neighbors Association is hosting a District 65 School Board candidates Forum on Wednesday, March 17th from 7- 9 PM via a Zoom Webinar.
There are eight candidates for four board positions. Due to the large number of candidates, we will only be able to address a limited number of questions.  We are asking that interested parties submit questions in advance to:


That will allow time to screen and combine similar questions. While the Q&A feature will be available during the webinar we expect that that most questions asked live will come from email submissions.

So, please send your questions to csnaboard9@gmail.com ahead of the meeting.
Questions asked using the Q&A feature and not addressed live will be passed along to the candidates after the meeting so they can answer these via campaign websites and emails as appropriate.
No advance registration is required but our Zoom license limits our capacity to the first 500 attendees to log in. Details and links to the Zoom will be posted separately here on our site.

Jeff Smith will be our moderator.  Candidates will have time for a brief opening and closing statement.  Each candidate will be asked to respond to a series of questions.  Because of the size of the panel, we think there will be only 6-7 questions.  Candidates will have a minute and a half to respond.

Eight candidates are running for four seats. Incumbents are marked (Inc.). Links to campaign web sites and Facebook pages are here below:

Angela Blaising - Web Site - FB Page
Joseph 'Joey' Hailpern (Inc.) - Web Site - FB Page
Soo La Kim (Inc.) - Web Site  FB Page
Elisabeth 'Biz' Lindsay-Ryan (Inc.) - Web Site - FB Page
Ndona Muboyayi - Web Site - FB Page
Donna Wang Su - Web Site - FB Page
Katie Magrino Voorhees - Web Site - FB Page
Marquise Weatherspoon - Web Site FB Page

To join the Zoom Webinar on Wednesday use the link below:

Or if attending by telephone:audio only ...

  • Dial  312 626 6799

... and enter the wewbinar ID if requested:

Webinar ID: 829 2415 7785

Would you like to shred something?

If you have been using your time at home this winter to clear personal documents out of your basement, home office, corner of the bedroom, etc., but have been looking for a way to safely dispose of them, here is some good news! 

Who: Central Street Neighbors Association CSNA

What:  CSNA is sponsoring a ...


... for our neighbors in the 6th and 7th Ward

Where: North end of West Parking Lot - Northwestern Ryan Field (enter from Ashland Ave. using the furthest north entrance)

When: Saturday, March 13th 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


  • Limit is 2 banker boxes per auto
  • Regular paper only (bills, bank statements, etc…)
  • NO newsprint
  • NO binders
  • NO cardboard
  • NO metal binder clips
  • (Staples and paper clips are okay)
  • Dump your documents and take home your empty boxes


  • All residents of the 6th and 7th wards are welcome, but if you are not a CSNA member, please consider joining!

Also, if you will have time on Saturday morning, we are still looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and assist unloading the documents.  If you can volunteer, please call Dave Staub at (312) 543-8528.


I can hear your saying, "Wow, it feels good to dump that old stuff!" 


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