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Summer Voter Registration
The Voter Participation Action Coalition will offer voter registration this summer at the following times and places:
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Voter Drive Picnic at Mason Park
The City of Evanston and OPAL (Organization for Positive Action and Leadership) sponsored an event at Mason Park on June 25 that was in part a picnic and in part a voter-registration drive
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Community 'Lament' for Orlando Victims
It was an evening of ecumenism and unity, with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders speaking or leading prayers from St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Second Baptist Church, Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Northwestern University’s Muslim community, and the Dar-us-Sunnah mosque.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Council Compensation May Increase by $3,000
At the June 27 City Council meeting, a special mayoral-appointed committee delivered its recommendations regarding the pay of City elected officials to the City Council.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
New Goodwill Store Slated ror Evanston Plaza
A new Goodwill Store and Donation Center is set to move into the Evanston Plaza shopping center. City Council introduced the matter on the consent agenda on June 27. Some residents protested the decision, saying the store furthers the shopping center’s reputation as a “discount” center that will attract lower-end tenants as a result.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
More Water Tests, City Vows
Evanston will provide additional locations and higher frequency of water testing in the months ahead, according to officials speaking at a June 16 meeting at the Levy Center about a federal lawsuit that the City recently filed against ComEd and Nicor.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Council Adopts Nuisance Premise Ordinance
On June 27, City Council unanimously approved a Nuisance Premise Ordinance, which is intended to provide tools to abate criminal offenses and code violations on all properties in the City, both owner-occupied and rental. Council also unanimously approved a Landlord Tenant Ordinance, which provides that if a tenant engages in or permits criminal activity on the rental property, the tenant may be evicted.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay and Dodge Avenue Bike Lane Projects Will Be Shut Down June 30
By the end of the business day June 30 – the last day of the State of Illinois fiscal year – all projects bid by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be shut down.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A View of the Clerk
Clerk Rodney Greene came to the City in 2008, appointed by Mayor Lorraine Morton, to replace a resigning Mary Morris. It was not necessarily a logical career progression for Mr. Greene, but one that stuck. Mr. Greene told the RoundTable he plans to run again, and may “try to be like Lorraine Morton, the longest-running clerk” in Evanston’s history.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Public Invited to Provide Comment on Draft Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance
The City of Evanston Utilities Commission, upon direction from the Evanston City Council, has launched a public comment period to receive input on a draft energy and water benchmarking ordinance.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6th Annual Recycling Event on July 9
The City of Evanston will host its sixth annual recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, securely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and obtain recycling education materials.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Mayor, Global Leaders Pledge to Combat Climate Change, Promote Low-Carbon Development
Earlier this month Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined U.S. and Chinese leaders in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing, pledging to strengthen and coordinate efforts to combat global climate change and promote low-carbon development.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Evanston Residents ManUp! for Health
When the City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department, together with the Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc., and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s office asked local residents to ManUp! on June 25, more than 60 men showed up.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
North Branch Library to Close Temporarily
The North Branch of the Evanston Public Library, 2026 Central Street, will be closed for improvements and new equipment installation from July 31 to August 28.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Divvy Bikes Roll into Town
Next week, Divvy Bike Share will officially roll into Evanston, with 100 Divvy bikes and 10 bike share stations being installed.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Mosquito Spraying
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting targeted adult mosquito control operations in Evanston, East of Chicago Avenue, on Wednesday, June 29.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Person
The Evanston Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in a reported missing/endangered person case. Update: The missing person has been located.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Fourth of July Activities
The Evanston Fourth of July Association has planned a terrific Independence Day celebration for Monday, July 4, 2016 with fun activities all day and evening.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
West Nile Mosquitoes in Evanston
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in their traps in Evanston this year.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Public Input Sought on Draft Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance
The City of Evanston Utilities Commission, upon direction from the Evanston City Council, has launched a public comment period to receive input on a draft energy and water benchmarking ordinance.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Special Olympic Programs this Summer
The City of Evanston’s Special Recreation staff, in collaboration with the Evanston Fire Department, will provide training in the Special Olympics Unified Sports of Bocce and Flag Football this summer.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Three Youth Shot Early This Morning
The youth were shot while standing outside near a residence in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue. None of the shots were life threatening, said police.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Evanston Youth Shot in Chest
On June 18, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a 16-year old Evanston male was shot in the chest at Lyons Street and Ashland Avenue. 
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Felon With Handgun Charged
The man immediately fell to the ground and attempted to throw a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun under a parked vehicle, said the Commander. 
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Fountain Square Now Has 'Preferred Design' for Renovation
About 75 people attended a joint First and Fourth Ward meeting on June 7 to hear a presentation on the "preferred" design for a renovated Fountain Square.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Taxi Landscape Changing
City Council signaled a desire to roll back regulations affecting taxi cab owners and operators in Evanston, indicating an understanding that largely unregulated Uber, Lyft, and similar services enjoyed an unfair advantage as long as taxis faced strict, expensive and onerous City ordinances.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Neighborhood Meeting on How to Spend Waste Transfer Station Fees
At a joint meeting of the Second and Fifth Wards on June 9, about 20 residents expressed concerns about the continued operation of the Waste Transfer Station at 1711 Church St.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
City Alleges Water From Water Main Near James Park Contaminated
A lawsuit filed by the City of Evanston against Nicor and ComEd alleges that dangerous substances penetrated water mains along Dodge Avenue “causing the contamination of, and threatening additional contamination to, the City’s drinking water.”
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Saturday, June 4, 2016
Main Street Improvements In the Planning Stage
At a Second  Ward meeting on June 2, Dave Stoneback, the City’s Director of Public Works, said the City is planning to make improvements along Main Street from the North Shore Channel to Dodge Avenue in two phases.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Anti-Gun-Violence Rally at Fountain Square
Orange was the color of the day for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2, and nearly everyone in the crowd of more than 100 at Fountain Square wore at least a touch of orange. Speakers touched on the many layers of gun violence and its ripple effect on families, friends, and communities.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016



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