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The goal of the LEP is to provide employment opportunities to qualified Evanston residents as laborers, apprentices and journeymen in such trades as electrical, HVAC, carpentry, masonry, concrete, finishing, truck drivers, etc. for construction projects within the city. 

Explore your future now! Register for the Local Employment Program today or print the application!

"I wish to thank the Mayor, the City Manager, Sharon Johnson, and other City officials for helping to get me and other city residents construction work on City projects. I think that Local Hire is a great opportunity for Evanston residents to secure good paying construction jobs and on-the-job training and skills development that might not otherwise be available to them." - Charles Sheridan, program participant

Employment opportunities are available in four categories:


Union workers are skilled trade workers with licenses and a current union membership. 


Non-union workers are skilled trade workers that do not have licenses or union memberships.


Apprenticeships involve the process of learning and obtaining a construction skill set from accredited training institutions. 
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Lightly skilled

Lightly skilled workers have experience in the general workforce, without skills in construction. These workers are also non-union.

Explore employment options:

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For more information about the Local Employment Program, please contact Purchasing Manager Tammi Nunez at 847-866-2935.  Contact the Purchasing Office at:  for a LEP list of Evanston Residents.   LEP list of  detailed LOCAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (LEP) COMPLIANCE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS “HOW TO COMPLY” How To Comply LEP Instructions

The City of Evanston created and passed the Local Employment Program (LEP) Ordinance, Section1-17-1 (C), in an effort to increase the hiring of economically disadvantaged Evanston residents. To view the updated amendment that went into effect on October 30, 2014, click here >>>