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December 12, 2017 

Plan Commission Rejects Vermilion Tower Proposal
A planned 33-story tower on Davis Street faces a new hurdle.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
FY '18 City Budget Stalled in Council
Lack of agreement on two items prevented City Council members from approving the City’s budget for fiscal year 2018.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Byline Bancorp to Acquire First Evanston Bancorp
Earlier this week, Byline Bancorp, Inc. and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. jointly announced they had entered into a definitive agreement which provides for the acquisition by Byline of First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $169 million. Upon completion of the transaction, the company will operate under the Byline Bank name and brand, Byline said.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
33-Story High-Rise Plan Takes Step Toward Approval
A developer proposing to replace a vacant lot and a bank drive-through in downtown Evanston was scheduled to appear before the City’s Plan Commission after this paper went to press on Nov. 29.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Patrons Take Away Memories - and a Lot More -During a Raucous Last Night at Nevin's
First it was the neon sign that showed up in the alley. Next was the photograph with the full-page apology letter from the Northwestern undergraduate. And, finally, the grand gesture of a dartboard put back in its rightful spot.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NU Agrees to Payment in Lieu of Taxes For Newly Acquired Research Park Properties
The 1980s era joint venture between Northwestern University and the City of Evanston to develop a “research park” between Davis Street and Emerson Street and between the two rail tracks folded more than a decade ago, but some lingering aspects of the deal linger to this day.  
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'Vacation Rental' Boom Feared
Shifting dynamics in the student housing world, involving changes in University policy requiring more and more students to live on campus, filtered down into the world of vacation rentals at the Nov. 27 City Council meeting, as two applicants sought permission to rent units to either long-term tenants or short-term vacation rental tenants.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Council Nuggets: Highlights From the Nov. 27 City Council Meeting
A post-holiday agenda full of tax levies and similar budget discussions appeared certain to drive away would be City critics and observers. Following closely on the heels of highly controversial matter such as the Harley Clarke mansion and the Nevins-Moon building made the inevitable a little more so. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Library Seeks Increases in Capital Operations
At both the Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 City Council meetings, some aldermen seemed concerned about the Library’s proposed $11 million renovation and its proposed 8.6% increase in its operating budget. At least one alderman appeared to express dismay over the Library branch proposed for the new Robert Crown Center.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Driver with Loaded Handgun Arrested
While conducting a search of the man, the officer recovered a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun from his jacket pocket.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Fire in the 1000 Block of Forest Avenue
At 10:10 a.m., Nov. 23, Evanston fire companies responded to the 1000 block of Forest Avenue for the report of a structure fire in a large single family residence.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Commissioner Suffredin Explains Vote on Budget
Today I voted "YES" on the 2018 Cook County budget.  Not because it has the thoughtful planning and coordination I wanted, but because it is the best and only alternative to protect Cook County from a meltdown of key services.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Holiday Light Recycling Program Begins December 1
The City of Evanston's annual holiday light recycling program will be held from Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Monday, November 20, 2017
New Mobile Payment System For Parking
The City of Evanston is transitioning to a new Park Evanston mobile payment application for online parking payments. Look for new decals on parking meters and pay stations starting this month.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Lyons to Become Aurora CFO
Assistant City Manager/City Chief Financial Officer Martin Lyons has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer in the City of Aurora.  The Aurora City Council confirmed the appointment last night, Nov. 14.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Narrow 5-4 Vote Greenlights 15-Story Albion Development
In the face of an angry, rowdy, unruly crowd, Evanston City Council voted to approve a planned development at 1450-1508 Sherman Ave.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Split Council Votes To Settle Robinson Lawsuit
A divided Evanston City Council voted 6-3 on Nov. 13 to approve a settlement of a lawsuit filed by former Director of Public Works Suzette Robinson in which the City, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar, and Human Resources Director Jennifer Lin were initially named as defendants.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Lease of Harley Clarke to Nonprofit Group in the Works
The Harley Clarke debate took a step forward on Nov.13, as City Council voted to direct staff to prepare a 40-year lease for the Evanston Lakehouse and Garden (ELHG) group. Under the lease, the mansion would be used for environmental, arts, and other programming.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Ra Joy Talks About Evanston, the Arts, and Social Justice
After years of lobbying for the arts and for political reform, Evanston native Ra Joy would like to take his passion for social justice and his belief in the power of the arts to transform thinking to a permanent – or at least four-year – home in Springfield
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Binny's May Occupy Former Site of Whole Foods South
On Nov. 15, Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne hosted a community meeting at Lincoln Elementary School’s Multi-Purpose Room to discuss the possibility of a Binny’s Beverage Depot moving to 1111 Chicago Ave.  On the corner of Chicago Ave. and Greenleaf St., the site formerly housed a South Evanston Whole Foods Market; the 20-year property lease ended this past March. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
City's Capital Needs Exceed Debt Cap
A self-imposed cap on capital debt – issued in the form of general obligation (GO) bonds repayable primarily through property taxes – will soon push the City past its stated debt limit of $113 million if proposed capital projects are ultimately approved, according to a presentation from City and Library staff at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Fall Bulk Trash Pick Up Days
The City of Evanston's Public Works Agency offers residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Evanston and Skokie Fight Over Charges for Water

On Sept. 26, the City of Evanston filed a lawsuit against the Village of Skokie, seeking a court ruling that Evanston may charge Skokie $2.06 per 1,000 gallons of Lake Michigan water that Evanston treats and distributes to Skokie.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Byline Bancorp, Inc. to Buy First Evanston Bancorp, Inc.
Byline Bancorp, Inc. (“Byline”) and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. (“First Evanston”) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement which provides for the acquisition by Byline of First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $169 million.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Veterans Day Ceremony: Speeches of Remembrance and Support
U.S. Army veteran Gregory Lisinksi of Evanston American Legion Post 42 extended “a warm welcome on a frigid day” to about 100 veterans and their supporters.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Winter Reminders
Five things to know when it snows.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Donations Now Being Accepted for the Mayor's 2017 Holiday Food and Toy Drive
Mayor Stephen Hagerty is encouraging all community members to participate in the ninth annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Affordable Housing Project Gains Recommendation for City Funding Despite Neighbors' Continued Concerns
A proposal for a three-story, 16-unit affordable housing structure to be built at 2215 Dempster St. cleared another hurdle earlier this month when the City’s Housing, Homelessness and Human Relations Commission (HHHRC) voted unanimously to recommend the project for City funding.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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