Mark Sloane for 6th Ward Alderman

Mark Sloane for 6th Ward Alderman – CSNA 12/10/08 Thank you fellow members of the Central Street Neighbors Association. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Mark Sloane and I am a candidate for 6th Ward Alderman. Over the last month, in knocking on 150-200 doors, neighbors ask me why I am running for Alderman. Some even suggest why would anyone want to run. I was raised by my parents that community service is your responsibility as a productive member of society. My father was President of his Police Officers Association, my mother volunteered two days a week at our elementary school library and I was elected student body President in High School, Student Senator in College and was the youngest appointed Commissioner in my home town. Service to Community is in the blood. One of the reasons we chose to move to Evanston was its strong community supported city. The question to me is not why I am running, but how I can impact our community. Focus on Finance is a theme I will continue to use throughout the Campaign. If we focus on our Fiscal Responsibility, we will prioritize our spending, levy and tax only the amount necessary and maximize our impact on the quality of life here in Evanston. We need to take a hard, detailed look at our budget, and use zero based budgeting methodology to prioritize and long range plan our city’s future. In my professional career, I am a Chief Financial Officer and have held this title with companies over the last fifteen years. These companies have been mid-sized and have seen there ups and downs. I’ve seen the ups of pay raises, bonuses and hiring as well as the downs of layoffs and pay and budget cuts. I can, have and do make tough financial decisions daily. We, as a community, and as a nation, are in turbulent economic times, and the City of Evanston will continue to face challenging financial decisions. It’s time that our City Council has an experienced financial executive as a member. One that can not only ask questions, but as the Blue Ribbon Committee specifically stated, one that can ask the “right” questions to city staff. We would not have an unfunded pension obligation of $145 million dollars if “smarter” questions would have been asked by the city council. Let’s face it; we are living in a time of limited financial resources for the city. Limited resources mean prioritizing our spending. We must spend our funds prudently and obtain the most value from that which is spent. We cannot duplicate what Washington, Springfield or Cook County is doing and we must spend our money to maximize the Quality of Life here in our community. Pet projects and projects that impact very few members of the community but that are politically correct can not be afforded. I will be a strong Alderman that can find these items, stand up and convince the other Council members that these types of projects are not acceptable and have them removed from the budget. I also believe the city needs to refocus its attention on Recreation. Over the almost seven years since I have been on the Playground and Recreation Board, substantial capital improvements have incurred, including the opening of the Levy Senior Center, fine tuning of our “jewel” – James Park, and the rehab of Lovelace and Bent Parks as well as the reconstruction of the Tennis Courts at Ackerman Park, all here in the 6th Ward. This has occurred though, at the same time the recreation budget has annually been cut. Recreation continues to be a high demand area in this community. I believe from a Bang for your Buck evaluation, Recreation provides the best return on money spent, outside of maybe Life Safety. The rebuilding and expansion of the Robert Crown Center is a topic I have advocated for consistently over the past 5 years. The current Center is falling apart, lacks fundamental necessities and has such high demand that the center turns away many. As a community we must get behind building a new center with two full sheets of Ice, enough locker rooms so that girls don’t have to change in the bathroom and work-out/dance studios so figure skaters can practice their routines off the ice in a safe environment. In addition we need expanded space for a growing day care center, a home for our Special Needs Recreation Division and community meeting rooms to allow the surrounding community a place to meet. We can build this through a Public/Private Partnership. There is private money available. The city just needs to make it a priority. If elected, it will be one of my top priorities. Additional cost effective improvements in recreation for the city have come recently with new cooperation between the City and District 202. We are currently working with the District to jointly build a new Field house on campus, whereby the City will use the facility in the evenings and weekends when not in use by the school. We envision indoor soccer and indoor lacrosse, among others, using the facility instead of traveling many miles and spending substantial dollars outside our community. Also with the many indoor gyms available at the high school, utilizing this space will help in the ongoing growth of the FAAM basketball program. My ultimate hope is that the City can use this Partnership with District 202 as a model and strengthen our agreement with District 65 and maybe even approach Northwestern to open its facilities to the community. The next four years will be a challenge for the City. We need to start by getting our Financial House in order. I am an advocate of controlled, responsible growth and believe we need to use common sense to drive our decisions. There will be many issues to address and I look forward to the ongoing dialogue. I am excited about the opportunity to serve and to serve as your next 6th Ward Alderman. Thank You Very Much. Interested in lending your name in support, or even joining the Campaign Committee? Contact Mark at



I appreciate your desire to enhance parks and recreation. I see from the Robert Crown dec that there are nearly 2000 soccer players in town, just over 1,000 users of ice (hockey 300, figure skaters 750), 400 FAAM players in 2003.

Was there every any plans to put an indoor soccer field?

Jane Berkley

Currently we have indoor soccer planned at the joint City/District 202 new fieldhouse.  We are currently using the new artificial field at the high school for AYSO outdoor soccer.  The search for indoor soccer space has been on for years.  We've analyzed the recycling center, but too small and not adequate heat, locker rooms and restrooms.  In the discussion on a rebuilt Crown Center, we are considering the ability to open the two new side by side rinks and have a large enough space for indoor activities like soccer.  I'll keep you posted as the design progresses.
Mark Sloane

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Meet the Candidate Event for Aldermanic Candidate Mark Sloane
Citizens to Elect Mark Sloane will host a wine tasting and "Meet the Candidate" event for 6th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Mark Sloane on Sunday, February 15, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at WineStyles, 1741 Sherman Avenue in Downtown Evanston.  Admission is free and open to all Evanston residents.  For information email

Residents of the Sixth Ward and all of Evanston are invited to this upcoming coffee and dessert event to meet Mark Sloane, candidate for Sixth Ward Alderman:
Date:  Tuesday, February 10; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hosts:  Andrea Knohl and Terri Hummel
Location:  3021 Grant Street
For more information email