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Embattled Evanston Township supervisor resigns, cites time commitments

<p>Evanston Township Supervisor candidate, Gary Gaspard speaks during Thursday evening's forum held at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media</p>

Evanston Township Supervisor candidate, Gary Gaspard speaks during Thursday evening's forum held at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

Evanston Township Supervisor Gary Gaspard, who has been under fire from aldermen for recent expenditures and turmoil in the office, announced his resignation Friday.

In a brief statement, Gaspard cited time commitments.

“The job of Township Supervisor requires more time than I anticipated,” said Gaspard, who was elected in April. “Because of the time commitments, I regret to tell you that I can no longer serve.”

His resignation takes effect immediately.

Gaspard’s resignation came after aldermen pressed him at a recent meeting about spending $17,500 on a newspaper advertisement for a caseworker position not approved by aldermen.

Gaspard had fired several longtime employees in the office, including the township’s office manager on Thursday.

Township government is a separate entity in Evanston that administers general assistance and job training programs.

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