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PART 3 of PUBLIC TRUST IN EVANSTON, IL: National Cracks being Exposed in Chicago Suburb

This is an update of an on-going issue in Evanston, IL, a citizen complaint against a sitting alderman. Original details are in my August 25, 2019 post, Part 2 of this series. This update was sent to approximately 30 Evanstonians in my personal networks–media, political & justice groups, and individuals who I think are interested […]

LEGAL MALFEASANCE: Commercial Banks Create Money out of Thin Air with Every Loan

From: Debbie Hillman Subject: MOTHER JONES article — Trump $50 million loan: Case study for banks creating new money ?? Date: September 7, 2019 To Russ Choma, reporter – Mother Jones Scoop@Mother Jones cc: Lucille Eckrich, President – Alliance for Just Money (professor based in Bloomington-Normal, IL) Steven Walsh – Board member, Alliance for Just […]

Stopping Trump & Trumpism: IMPEACHMENT INFORMATION PLAN for Evanston, IL

To: Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) bcc: Evanston justice groups Individual Evanston activists Evanston media Hi, all — Thanks to the Democratic Party of Evanston for inviting me to put a “game plan” together for working on impeachment in Evanston. Or as I like to say, for “getting the impeachment show on the road” in […]

PUBLIC TRUST IN EVANSTON, IL: National cracks being exposed in a Chicago suburb

In April 2017, the City of Evanston had local elections. By a very slim margin, we elected a white disaster capitalist as Mayor (with no previous elected experience). By a very wide margin, we elected a young Black advocate for participatory democracy and government transparency as City Clerk (with no previous elected experience). We elected […]

Is Evanston, IL ready for real Democracy? FIRST STEP — Peer-to-peer collaboration

On Monday night, Dec. 10, 2018, the Evanston City Council voted 9-0 Monday night to honor the citizens’ referendum to save Harley Clarke by taking imminent demolition off the table. They did this by voting down an appeal of the Preservation Commission’s unanimous rejection of a certificate to demolish. Watching the proceedings via livestream TV, […]

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: Bad public process at the local level — Harley Clarke

Harley Clarke mansion as public lakefront asset:  Preserve or demolish Posted October 14, 2018   How about a good old-fashioned grassroots community meeting? This is a proposal originally made on: — June 6, 2018: to Design Evanston, Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens (ELHG), Evanston Lighthouse Dunes (ELD). I believe that DE submitted my proposal as part […]

Evanston, Illinois – Equity & Empowerment Plan: What happened to “Access”?

Evanston, Illinois – Equity & Empowerment Plan:  What happened to “Access”? Early in 2017, the City of Evanston, IL created an Office of Equity and Empowerment. According to the Office’s webpage, “The City of Evanston has embarked on a new mission to more intentionally address issues of access, equity and empowerment. Diversity and inclusion are […]