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Evanston Board of Ethics considers claims of alderman, alderman-elect code violations

Evanston‘s Board of Ethics is expected to report its fact-finding in early May on the alleged ethics and city code violations by a sitting alderman and alderman-elect over improper city email use and an employment conflict of interest, according to an announcement from the board Tuesday night.

The city’s ethics board investigates alleged violations and issues “advisory opinions for the City Council on questions of possible unethical conduct or conflict of interest,” according to information on the city’s website.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the two complaints Evanston residents Betty Ester and Madelyn Ducre filed against 5th Ward Ald. Delores Holmes and then-5th Ward candidate Simmons in March.

In them, the women alleged that Holmes violated city code by using her City of Evanston email address to send an email blast endorsing Simmons.

Ester also alleged that Simmons violated city code by serving on Evanston’s nine-member Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Emerging Business Enterprises Development Committee, and then going to work for a company that the board recommended receive a grant.

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