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October 24, 2017 

Two Young Evanston Men Charged
On Oct. at approximately 2:38 p.m., police officers responded to the area of the 400 block of Custer Avenue for a report of shots being fired.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Search Warrants Lead to Recovery of Guns and Narcotics
On Oct. 17, at approximately 3:05 p.m., detectives from the Special Operations Group executed a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Custer Avenue ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Howard Street Redevelopment Touted As City Success
Controversial at the time, the decisions by Evanston City Council to subsidize the development of Ward 8 and Peckish Pig restaurants on Howard Street were hailed as successes based on a report received by City Council on Oct. 16. The report showed a positive net return on investment on both projects.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ald. Rainey Opposes Combining Levy and Chandler Managers
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, as part of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, is proposing to have one manager who oversees the Levy Senior Center and the Chandler-Newberger Center. He outlined the proposal to about 50 eighth and Ninth ward residents, plus Aldermen Ann Rainey and Cicely Fleming, at a meeting at the Levy Center on Oct. 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Council Nuggets: Highlights From the Oct. 9 City Council Meeting
The Oct. 9 City meetings began with a robust discussion of pension liabilities. It will come as a surprise to no one the news was not particularly good.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Committee Reviews 601 Davis St. Proposal
As proposed by the developer, Chicago-based Vermilion Development, the building at 601 Davis St. would be 33 stories tall and contain 318 residential units. It would include 176 parking spaces and approximately 7,400 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to DAPR documents.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Plans to Proceed With HOW Project
On Sept. 25, City Council denied a request for $550,000 in gap funding for a proposed three-story, 16 unit affordable housing project at 2215 Dempster St. The developer, Housing Opportunities for Women, however, is still preparing to proceed. Britt Shawver, Chief Executive Officer of HOW, told the RoundTable, “We are preparing to proceed, and continue to hope we will do so in partnership with the City.”
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Nevins-Moon Project Held in Committee
Albion’s proposed 287-unit building spanning much of the block now containing the Tommy Nevin’s and Prairie Moon restaurants was held in the Planning and Development Committee on Sept. 25 over concerns expressed by three aldermen about the mix of units, the precedent set, the scale of the building, and the lack of a “ziggurat” setback at the southern corner of the building.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
FOIA/Next Request System Issues Near Resolution
The way Evanston processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and releases information to the public erupted into controversy recently when but came close to a resolution at the Oct. 16 Rules Committee meeting. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Council Clears Path For New Restaurant At Simpson and Dodge
City Council on Oct. 9 voted unanimously to overrule the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, and to change the zoning of a parcel of land adjacent to Twiggs Park back to commercial from residential and approve its special use as a Type-2 restaurant.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
City Needs to Make up $6.1 Million to Balance Its Budget for 2018
As a starting point, the budget documents contain a “baseline budget” showing an operating deficit of $6.1 million in the City’s General Fund.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Additional Fall Street Cleaning Dates
The City of Evanston’s Public Works Agency has announced additional street cleaning dates in November and December to help clear streets of leaves and other debris.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Evanston Youth Arrested on Gun Charges
On Oct.11, at approximately 8:11 p.m., an Evanston police officer conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of Asbury Avenue due to the vehicle speeding, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Correction, Clarification, and Clerk Devon Reid's Position on a Few Points
Updated: 10/15/17. The last issue of the RoundTable, Oct. 5, contained an article “City Clerk Struggles; Council Removes Some of His Duties.” The article was posted online, updated, and the headline was changed to “City Council Votes to Temporarily Take Down City’s Next Request System.”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Statement of Commissioner Suffredin on Repeal of Sweetened Beverage Tax
I voted to keep the Sweetened Beverage Tax because it was a tax on a small number of people rather than a general sales or property tax on all.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Daniel Biss Unveils "Rewriting the Rules"
In a video shared with supporters this morning, Daniel Biss unveiled “Rewriting the Rules,” a set of policy proposals designed to restore power to the people of Illinois.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fire Department Seeks Community Input During Strategic Plan Review
An online survey will be available through November 15, 2017 at
Monday, October 9, 2017
City Needs to Make up $6.1 Million to Balance its Budget for 2018
The budget documents contain a “baseline budget” showing a deficit of $6.1 million in the City’s General Fund, its main operating fund. The budget also  incorporates many budget balancing strategies that, if adopted by City Council, would balance the General Fund and leave a surplus of $667,859.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Council Votes to Sell Library Lot
City Council on Sept. 25 voted 6-2 to sell the open parking lot behind the Main Library and adjacent to the Woman’s Club building to a private developer. The developers plan an 11-story office building, with sufficient parking underneath to replace the existing surface-lot spaces and meet the parking needs of office tenants in the building.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Council Votes to Temporarily Take Down City's Next Request System
On Sept. 25, City Council voted to temporarily take down the City’s Next Request online FOIA processing system; it was the latest in a series of moves to shift several duties from the Clerk’s office to City staff.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2009 Downtown Plan Has Few Supporters on Council
At the request of Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle, City Council revisited its 2009 Downtown Plan advisory planning document at a special City Council meeting on Oct. 2. Years in the making, the plan, organized in large part around the proposed 38-story tower that was to be built at 708 Church St., found little support eight years later.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Council Approves Next Steps for Crown Project
City Council on Sept. 25 approved unanimously and without much comment three measures that will advance the Robert Crown Community Center and Library (RCCCL) project.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Council Denies Funding for Affordable Housing Project on Dempster
After advancing through several steps in the approval process, City Council denied a request to provide gap funding for an affordable housing project to be built at 2215 Dempster St. by Housing Options for Women (HOW).
Wednesday, October 4, 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
Neighborhood Meeting On Planned Development on Oak
A Neighborhood Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in room G300 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Council Bytes: Highlights for the Sept.25 Council Meeting
Marathon City Council meetings have returned to Evanston’s Civic Center. After several years of relative calm and meetings that ended at sane hours like 9:30, or even 11:00 p.m., Council’s  Sept. 25 meeting pushed endurance to the near breaking point, ending after 1:30 a.m. Council went into Executive Session thereafter, continuing the meeting until about 2 a.m.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Settles Lawsuit Over Dog Shot by Police
By an 8-1 vote at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting, aldermen approved a $50,000 settlement of the federal case Trinette Lark, et al. v. City of Evanston, et al. Plaintiffs Ms. Lark and her adult children, Bria Deaz and Prince Ford, sued the City after an Evanston police officer shot and killed their pet German shepherd during the police response to a domestic violence call.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
At Fire Ops 101, Officials and Media Reps Find Smoke Gets in Their Eyes
Elected officials and reporters from Evanston, Skokie, and Mount Prospect endured a hands-on firefighting and rescue training program from the Evanston and Skokie fire departments on Oct. 1.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Manager Gets 'Strong' Rating
City Council on Sept. 18 met in Executive Session to review and complete the annual performance review of City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. Mr. Bobkiewicz has held the position for eight years.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What DACA Recipients Need to Know: Attorney Presents 'Infosession' at ETHS
Any DACA recipients whose deferred action and employment authorization documents (EAD) expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, must file a request to renew by Oct. 5.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

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