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June 20, 2018 




Michelle Masoncup Appointed City of Evanston Corporation Counsel
Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced the appointment of Deputy City Attorney Michelle Masoncup as corporation counsel.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Good Morning, Evanston
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature of Lake Michigan yesterday was 61 at the Chicago Shore, the Chicago Crib and the Wilmette buoy.

City Council voted 6-3 last night to proceed with negotiations to have the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group pay for the demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion, 2603 Sheridan Road.

The City’s Design and Project Review Committee will hear a proposal for façade improvements for 1901-1903 Church St. and 1700-1708 Dodge Ave. 2:30 p.m.

And it's World Refugee Day.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Shooting Death of a 2018 ETHS Graduate
The Evanston Township High School family is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Class of 2018, Erin Carey, who passed away on June 19, according to the Chicago Police Department. An investigation is ongoing.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tularemia Found in Wild Rabbit; Caution Urged
A wild rabbit found June 13 in Tinley Park has tested positive for tularemia. Cook County Animal and Rabies Control urges residents to avoid touching live or dead wildlife.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Aldermanic Demands Make Budget Cuts Difficult
City Council and residents have heard repeatedly from Evanston City staff about an impending budget crisis threatening service cuts or tax hikes or both in order to meet increasing capital needs and police and fire pension liabilities.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Community Members: 'End Gun Violence'
Evanston residents gathered at Fountain Square on June 2 to call for an end to gun violence. With them were survivors – including family members and friends left behind after a fatal shooting, speakers advocating for change, singers leading the crowd in traditional American songs, and dancers performing hip hop dance.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
New Developments, Harley Clarke Center Stage at First-Ward Meeting
First Ward Alderman Judy Fiske and City officials met with ward residents and other community members on June 5 to discuss two looming development projects, among other matters, as well as briefly discuss the tenuous fate of the Harley Clarke mansion.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Raising Questions, Questioning Razing an Evanston Landmark
Until recently, demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion seemed an unlikely answer to the question of what to do with this City-owned property. But when the City Council on April 9 turned down a request from the nonprofit Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens organization for a lease, demolition of the mansion became more of a possibility.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Two Unrelated Gun Charges
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun with an extended magazine which was found under a towel on the front seat, police said.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Rep. Robyn Gabel's End of Session Report
For the first time in four years, with true bipartisan negotiations in the House and Senate, we've passed a fair and balanced budget.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Chicago Man Charged with Unlawful Use of a Handgun
One of the officers observed a magazine to a handgun in the interior. Officers then retrieved the magazine and located a loaded Smith and Wesson 40 caliber handgun.,, said police.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Evanston Woman Charged with Unlawful Use of Gun
The investigation led to the recovery of a Springfield XD9 9 mm handgun. Approximately six grams of suspect cannabis was also recovered, said police.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Council Nuggets: Highlights from the May 29 City Council Meeting
What on the surface appeared to be a rather sedate meeting contained fireworks as the  May 29 Evanston’s City Council considered big ticket items while debating seemingly routine items such as Mayoral appointments to volunteer boards. In the end, Council approved every proposed spending measure, and all board appointments as well. Tensions over the perceived budget crisis continue to mount, however.
Friday, June 1, 2018
City Council Nuggets
What on the surface appeared to be a rather sedate meeting contained fireworks as the  May 29 Evanston’s City Council considered big ticket items while debating seemingly routine items such as Mayoral appointments to volunteer boards. In the end, Council approved every proposed spending measure, and all board appointments as well. Tensions over the perceived budget crisis continue to mount, however.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Pace/CTA Revise Service Plan Proposal Following Community Feedback
In April 2018, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced a proposal to discontinue the CTA #205 Chicago/Golf bus route and provide alternate service by realigning Pace bus routes #208 Golf Road and #213 Green Bay Road. To solicit feedback on these proposed service changes, Pace and the CTA held a joint public hearing on April 24 and written comments were accepted through April 30, 2018.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Budget Process Far From Over
Since the City previewed its budget process a few weeks ago – including proposed cuts to or elimination of more than 50 quality-of-life/social services programs – much of the vocal response has been negative.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Resolution Proposing 'Deconstruction' of Harley Clarke Mansion Referred to City Council
Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, asked that City Council consider an “immediate resolution” to be prepared by City Staff that would accept an offer from a community group to deconstruct the Harley Clarke mansion and restore the site to its natural state.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Robert Crown - Groundbreaking in Sight But the Bottom Line Continues to Soar
With construction set to begin on the new Robert Crown Center next month, City Council received a report setting the overall cost of the project at $52.9 million. The revised price increased from about $45 million just weeks ago.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Elect or Appoint a City Clerk?
At Call of the Wards on May 29, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th ward, asked for a binding referendum in which voters would be asked to approve a change in the way the City Clerk is selected from an elected office to an appointed position. The matter will be referred to the City's Rules Committee for debate. 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Council Approves 1727 Oak Project
Evanston City Council approved the development at 1727 Oak Street, an “active senior” building with a proposed 169 units. The vote was 6-2, with Aldermen Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, and Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward casting the “no” votes. 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Evanston Police Gun Buyback June 9
On June 9 Evanston Police will partner with Moms Demand Action of Evanston to give citizens an opportunity to turn in their guns  cash with a Gun Buyback from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Christ Temple MB Church, located in the 1700 block of Simpson Street.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
City to Launch Summer Program on Nonviolence for ETHS Students
What may be an important initiative to reduce youth violence in Evanston is being launched this summer. The Kingian Nonviolence program, named after and inspired by the life, work and principles of Martin Luther King, will be held from June 19 through July 31.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Legislators Meet with Chamber Of Commerce Members
Marijuana legalization, gun control and tax reform were among the agenda items local politicians discussed at the 2018 Legislative Breakfast for members of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on May 4.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
'Respecting the Past, Honoring the Future'
The riflemen from Rickover Naval Academy High School practiced their gun salutes toward the clear blue sky over Lake Michigan as people gathered at Patriot’s Park for Memorial Day services.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Clergy, Community Honor Police
The Evanston Police Department’s Clergy Team held a brief appreciation ceremony on May 23 in front of the Evanston police station, 1454 Elmwood Ave., honoring law enforcement officials local and nationwide.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Crown Field Turf Surface Proves Costly
A possible correlation between a crumb rubber and sand infill and cancer cases emerged at the May 21 City Council meeting, as aldermen decided on the type of material to use on the new artificial turf surfaces to be built at the new Robert Crown Center.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018



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