‘Safe School Zone’ talks delayed again

Cat Zakrzewski, Web Editor

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Evanston City Council delayed discussing a so-called “Safe School Zone” around Evanston Township High School again Monday night, the latest setback for the controversial proposal.

Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) asked City Council to hold off on debating the safety zone until the City-School Liaison Committee meets early next month. The council pushed back talking about the issue in August following increased concerns that the proposal would unfairly target black neighbors.

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The intergovernmental agreement between the city and District 202 would charge anyone who has been told to stay out of the zone with criminal trespassing if they try to re-enter it, including expelled and suspended students.

Monday night’s decision came less than two weeks after a 21-year-old man was shot and killed about two blocks west of ETHS.

— Cat Zakrzewski