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Evanston Politics and Government

Guide to government and politics in the City of Evanston, IL.

Structure of Government

Evanston is a general purpose municipal government located in Cook County, Illinois. It is a home rule municipality with powers defined by the Illinois Constitution (Illinois Const. art. VII, sec. 6) and operates under a council-manager form of government. Evanston Township was abolished in 2014, as the result of a referendum, and the City of Evanston assumed all duties and obligations of the Township.