Request #19-927

According to this RoundTable article, on Nov. 16, 2009 City Council Meeting, Mayor Liz Tisdahl shared copies of a proposal from a private company to rebuild the Robert Crown Center. The City Manager said this could be untertaken at no cost to the taxpayer. I would like a copy of the proposal she references and any emails between, to, or from Wally Bobkiewicz, Liz Tisdahl, and whoever the private company party was. I would also like copies of emails between Mark Metz and Wally Bobkiewicz for the time period of Jan. 2009 - Nov. 2009

"With little discussion, Council members followed the lead of City Manager Walter Bobkiewicz, who said, "We should make this a national project – and do it with no City money. … [We should] try to find a company to design, build, operate and finance the project with no cost to the Evanston taxpayer. "

Alderman Donald Wilson, 4th Ward, said, "I agree completely – this should be a top priority. The facilities are inadequate. We have lost revenue opportunities, and there has already been interest expressed from outside companies."

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, said, "I agree 100 percent with the idea that we can’t spend taxpayers’ money. … There will be some great economic development opportunities for the businesses [at Main Street and Dodge Avenue]."

Saying she did not have enough copies for everyone, since she had received the proposal only an hour before, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl distributed to aldermen and at least one member of the audience a proposal from a private company to rebuild the center.

During citizen comment, Mark Metz, chair of the Robert Crown subcommittee of the Playground and Recreation Board, urged the aldermen to take a "leadership position in the reconstruction of Robert Crown. … Once you take the leadership position, there will be interesting possibilities – a private-public partnership, private funding and philanthropy – ways to move the project forward."



August 13, 2019 via web


August 28, 2019


Information Technology (IT), City Manager, Legal


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Devon Reid

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Denied: Partial

Your Request has been denied in part. The records for which Your Request is denied and granted are detailed below:

 (a) Your Request is denied as to the following records (the “Specified Records”): No responsive records exist in the City's possession responsive to the proposal requested that is cited in the Roundtable article from 2009.

(b) Your Request is granted in part as the following records (the “Approved Records”):  See attached emails.

You have a right to appeal this decision within 60 days to Sarah Pratt, Acting Public Access Counselor, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, 500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706, (phone number 1-877-299-FOIA) or to seek judicial review under Section 11 of FOIA, 5 ILCS 140/11.


August 28, 2019, 4:54pm by Alexandra Ruggie, Assistant City Attorney
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FOIA 19-927.pdf
August 28, 2019, 4:53pm by Alexandra Ruggie, Assistant City Attorney
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08/28/2019 (was 08/21/2019). 5 Day Extension
August 21, 2019, 5:07pm by Alexandra Ruggie, Assistant City Attorney
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Added: Information Technology (IT), City Manager, Legal.
August 14, 2019, 12:27pm by Alexandra Ruggie, Assistant City Attorney
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August 13, 2019, 5:28pm