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City Of Evanston

This week’s Women’s History Month featured Evanstonian is Mayme Spencer, the City’s first African American female alderman.

According to the honorable Delores Holmes, her predecessor Mayme Finley Spencer was a "woman before her time." Mayme grew up in Milwaukee and attended Marquette University before moving to Chicago to work for Mt. Sinai Hospital. In 1957, she moved to Evanston alongside her husband, Community Hospital doctor and Evanston native Warren Frank Spencer.

In 1961, Mayme graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and practiced law for the rest of her life, including joining an Evanston law firm, Stewart and May. In 1963, Mayme was elected as the City's first African American female alderman, serving Evanston's 5th ward for five years.

Known as "Auntie Mayme," Spencer was a dedicated civil rights activist instrumental in the City’s fair housing ordinance, which allowed residents to "live anywhere [they] could afford to buy." Mayme was also involved in the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Evanston Human Relations Council, the Noyes and Foster school PTAs, Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees, and the Illinois Citizen Committee for Freedom of Residence. She was governor-appointed to the Illinois Board of Regents and the Illinois Commission on Race Relations.

On February 8, 2011, Mayme passed away at the age of 89. She and Warren, who passed in 1987, had four daughters, Clothield Miller, Wendy Michelle Spencer, Karen Kelly and Shelley Fitzsimmons, as well as eight grandchildren.

Photo courtesy of the Evanston Women’s History Project.
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Spring is here! Clear the clutter from your home, garage or storage space by taking advantage of the City's free bulk trash pickup program, which offers residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year.

Spring 2019 bulk trash pickups will take place on Fridays, April 5 through 26, and are scheduled according to residents' normal refuse pickup day. Bulk trash pickup for residents whose normal refuse collection day is:

Wednesday will be Friday, April 5
Thursday will be Friday, April 12
Monday will be Friday, April 19
Tuesday will be Friday, April 26

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Learn how to appeal your Cook County Assessor's Office property assessment at an Evanston Property Tax Appeal Seminar this Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Morton Civic Center.

The meeting will also be streamed live and broadcast on City Channel 16,
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Reminder: Weekly food and yard waste collection begins April 1 on residents' normal trash pickup day.

Food scraps can now ride along with grass clippings and leaves in food and yard waste carts, or can be picked up by Collective Resource, the City's exclusive food scrap hauler, as part of the City's expanded composting program. More information and a list of acceptable items is available at
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