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ABOUT EVANSTON LEADS

We are a Pro-Good Government community not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement in local government by:

  • Equipping, informing and empowering residents to self-advocate in a more inclusive decision-making process;
  • Removing existing barriers and knowledge gaps;
  • Breaking down complexities of government planning, procedure, regulation, action and effects;
  • Analyze policy and budgetary proposals and actions; and
  • Research how policies work in action.

Our overarching objective is to compel the City of Evanston government to:

  • Promote and uphold the highest standards of integrity, responsiveness and accountability to ensure that government policies are made in the best interest of the public.
  • Foster a high level of trust and confidence in the functioning of local government through an open and equitable decision-making process.
  • Ensure City representatives avoid any improprieties in their roles as public servants and within the performance of their public duties.

We seek to involve City representatives who are equally committed to these goals.

 


MISSION STATEMENT

Adopted, in part, from ProPublica

Our mission is to promote government accountability by reporting breaches of the public trust by local government and institutions, using investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and through the recognition of representatives who endeavor to counter those offenses.

We believe:

  • Public trust in local government is integral to the effectiveness of its actions, and is dependent upon responsive and accountable public officials and staff.
  • Municipal laws intended to deter corrupt action can only be effective if the City demonstrates expedient and unprejudiced enforcement of its sanctions.

 


NEED FOR OVERSIGHT

Presently the City of Evanston lacks independent oversight, adjudication procedures and legal interpretation for civil claims made by residents against the City and its representatives.

The individuals who serve on the current adjudicatory and advisory bodies—entrusted to evaluate and regulate violating actions by City officials and staff—also:

  • Exist in their roles at the discretion of the officials and staff over who they are intended to regulate;
  • Are comprised of members and staff who are appointed by the City and/or provide legal counsel to the City and City representatives;
  • Can be removed from their roles by those officials and staff in retaliation for enforcement of their duties
  • Report to and/or are supervised by City representatives;
  • Have demonstrated reluctance to provide procedural information to aggrieved residents appealing or making claims against City action;
  • Are precluded from providing counsel to aggrieved residents appealing or making claims against City action;
  • Have taken measures to deter and limit resident rights in making appeals and claims against City action.

 


STANDARDS

How do you decide what to publish?

We rely singularly on sufficient evidence and documentation from concerned residents. We will attempt to notify public officials and City staff prior to publication in the case of inadvertent mistakes.


How can I get a violation removed?

See below for removing an incorrect violation.

If you are a public official or employee who has taken steps to remedy a violation, you may send documentation here. We will list those actions taken alongside the violation.

How can I change or remove incorrect information?

Evanston Leads is committed to accuracy. If you have documentation that refutes a published allegation, you should submit it here.

If we have listed an incorrect violation, we will remove it and issue a retraction and public apology.

Who can be included in your profile database?

All appointed and elected public officials, City staff and bodies of local government.

I think there was a violation? How can I find out?

How do I add a violation?

If you suspect a violation has occurred, the first step is to make the violating party aware so they have the opportunity to rectify inadvertent mistakes.

You can submit a violation claim here.


CONTACT

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