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February 22, 2018 




Council Discusses Details of Proposed Library Renovation
A plan for the top to bottom renovation of the Evanston Public Library’s main branch, a proposal that the Library’s Board of Trustees has been working on for more than two years, finally reached  the City Council for full discussion on Feb. 19.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Council Considers Funding Options for New Crown Center
City Council faced a sobering assessment of the overall costs and funding options for the new Robert Crown Center at its Feb. 19 meeting, but aldermen ultimately agreed to proceed with the project.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
'Stay Gold, Yakez': Evanston Lays to Rest Young ETHS Graduate
A Celebration of Life Ceremony was held on Feb. 17 for Yakez “Heaven” Lee Semark, a 20- year-old graduate of Evanston Township High School whose life ended tragically when he was shot on Feb. 8 near the corner of Hovland Court and Emerson Street in Evanston.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Highlights from the Feb. 12 City Council Meeting
Recent City Council meetings have stretched long into the night with large development projects and other controversial matters eliciting extended public participation and often testy, borderline angry exchanges in Council chambers. Feb. 12 was a calmer, more straightforward meeting. Yet somehow it felt more like the eye of a hurricane than a shift.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Proposed Rubie's Restaurant on Simpson Street Denied
City Council's Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously on Feb. 12 to deny introduction of a request for a special use permit for Rubie’s Restaurant, a type II (generally, fast food) restaurant that would have taken over the former Ramy’s Food at 1723 Simpson St.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Water Fund Update Shows Potential Revenue Growth
A complicated formula for determining the water rate charged by the City of Evanston to its water customers, including the Northwest Water Commission, Morton Grove, and others, led to a lawsuit filed against Skokie upon the expiration of the Evanston-Skokie contract last year. In a water-fund update delivered to City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting, the City’s Director of Public Works Dave Stoneback addressed the lawsuit and other issues, including lead service pipes.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Committee Scraps 'Simple Recycling' Plan
A plea from Goodwill Industries fearing an interruption in their “crucial donation stream” led the City’s Administration and Public Works Committee on Feb. 12 to reject a proposed contract with Great Lakes Recycling that would have offered free pick up of “soft recyclables” from Evanston homes.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Council Approves Nearly $1.4 Million for Howard Street Theater Project
By a 7-2 vote on Feb. 12, City Council approved a nearly $1.4 million construction contract for a theater on Howard Street that will serve as the home for Theo Ubique.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Two Men Charged in Robberies
Evanston Police have charged two Evanston men, one 19-year old and the other 26-years old, in connection with robbery incidents, said Commander Ryan Glew, Media Relations at the Evanston Police Department.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Two Young Men Charged in the Murder of Yakez Semark
On Feb. 18, Evanston Police charged two young men in Mr. Semark’s homicide, said the Commander. One is an 18-year old resident of Evanston and the other an 18-year old resident of Chicago.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Wildkit Girls Bow Out with 47-41 Loss in Regional Finals
But the Wildkits could never get over the hump and suffered a season-ending 47-31 loss to Loyola in the Class 4A Lane Tech regional championship basketball game.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Mayor Summer Youth Employment Program Job Fair March 3
More than 40 employers providing summer and year-round employment will be present ...
Friday, February 16, 2018
Meeting on Proposed Expansion of Evanston Eruv
A meeting will be held on Feb. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center in room 2404 for a discussion about the proposed expansion of the Evanston Eruv.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Juvenile Charged in Feb. 1 Carjacking
A 15-year old male from Chicago has been charged in connection with the carjacking of an 84-year old woman’s car on Sheridan Road and Davis Street, said police.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Body Found Along Metra Tracks
On Feb. 15, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Metra notified the Evanston Police Department that an engineer had observed a body along the tracks near Dempster Street,
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Online Summer Camp Registration to Reopen February 17
Online summer camp registration for Evanston residents who live in zip codes 60201 and 60202 will reopen on Saturday, February 17 at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Survey Regarding Complaints about EPD
The newly formed Citizen Police Complaint Process Assessment Committee is examining the Evanston Police complaint process.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Man Shot to Death on Hovland Court
A 20-year old Chicago man was shot in the chest during an apparent physical altercation, said police.
Friday, February 9, 2018
EPD Advisory
The Evanston Police Department wants to update the public regarding a recent carjacking and vehicle related robbery incidents that have taken place in the City of Evanston. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Performing Arts Center Resolution Sparks Public Debate
Community members attending the Jan. 31 meeting of the City’s Economic Development Committee largely expressed opposition to a proposed performing arts center with its accompanying 37-story tower in downtown Evanston.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Affordable Housing Discussions Continue
Council members have made this a priority and committed to at least one meeting each quarter for updates on initiatives and progress on a broad range of methods for addressing the thorny problem.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
All Police Officers in the Field Now Wearing Body-Worn Cameras
On Jan. 26, the Evanston Police Deparatment fully implemented its Body-Worn Camera program. Nationwide, the use of body-worn cameras has become a best practice for police departments, said the EPD in a prepared statement.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Paul D'Agostino to Receive Environmental Award
The Evanston Environmental Association Board of Directors has selected Paul D’Agostino to receive the 2017 Charlotte Omohundro Award.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Free Screening For STIs
For a second year, the City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library to provide free sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening in the Evanston community.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Candidates Forum for 17th District State Rep
Central Street Neighbors Association will host the primary election candidates for State Representative in the 17th District at a forum for residents of the Central Street community at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, at Three Crowns Park in the Multipurpose Room. Three  Crowns is located at 2323 McDaniel Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Evanston Township GOP Announces Endorsements for March Primary
In advance of the March 20 Republican Primary, the Evanston Township Republican Organization announced its endorsements across the ticket. “We’re proud to support such an outstanding slate of Republican candidates who will push hard for conservative principles on behalf of Illinoisans,” said Evanston Township GOP Committeeman Blair Garber.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
League of Women Voters to Host Candidate Forums
The League of Women Voters will hold candidate forums for three contested Primary Election races March 3, beginning at 9 a.m., in the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette. The forums are co-sponsored by the Evanston, Glenview/ Glencoe, Wilmette and Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth Leagues.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Carjacking at Sheridan and Davis
On Feb. 1, at approximately 2:05 p.m., police officers were dispatched to Sheridan Road and Davis Street for a carjacking that had just occurred.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Apprentice Training Program
The City of Evanston has joined with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program to increase minority, female and veteran participation in the construction workforce.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Even With Deficits, Active TIFs Are for the Most Part Productive
In a TIF, the tax increment – the difference between the taxes on the property at the time the TIF was created (the “base”) and the taxes on the increased value of the property while the TIF is in effect – remains within the TIF to be used for public improvements.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018



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