Evanston, Illinois

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Evanston is a city in Illinois.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois city websites
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying Y
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.[1]
    • Budgets are archived for 11 years. [2]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 17 years.[5]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 17 years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[7]
    • Meeting videos are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003-2004 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[10]
  • Public records
    • Rodney Greene and Elaine Autwell are the designated FOIA Officers for the City of Evanston. These officers provided mailing addresses, phone numbers and personalized emails.
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[11]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[12]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[14]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[15]

The bad

  • None posted yet

Public records

The city had 527 FOIA requests in 2011, up from 337 in 2009, and as a result had to hire more people to help fulfill the requests.[16]

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