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March 17, 2018 

Reports of Person With a Gun at Emerson/Maple Was Hoax
Police are now saying that the call they received at about 2:30 p.m. that a graduate student had shot his girlfriend in a Northwestern University dormitory was a hoax.

Updated at 5:52 p.m. on March 14

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Reports of Person With a Gun at Emerson/Maple
Northwestern University and Evanston police are warning students and residents to stay away from the area just north of downtown around Emerson Street and Maple Avenue because of reports of a person with a gun.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Sen. Biss's Statement on Bruce Rauner's veto of Gun Dealer Licensing Bill
Instead of standing up to do what’s right, he’s putting his fealty to the NRA first, once again proving himself a coward incapable of governing."
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Police Charge Felon with Possession of Firearm
After detecting an odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle, the officers searched the  vehicle and found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat, said the Commander.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Evanston Property Tax Workshop
Evanston Township property owners are invited to attend a Property Tax Appeal Workshop on March 13.

Monday, March 12, 2018
City Achieves Recertification as 4-STAR Sustainable Community
Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty has announced that Evanston was recertified as a 4-STAR Community by the STAR Community Rating System (STAR).
Monday, March 12, 2018
Clerk Instructed Not to Distribute "I Early Voted" Stickers
County Clerk's Office instructed Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid to stop distributing “I Early Voted - Evanston Votes” stickers from a table immediately outside the Early Voting site at the Evanston Civic Center.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Northlight and Developers Withdraw Performing Arts Center Proposal
Skokie-based Northlight Theater and Chicago-area developers have withdrawn from a project that would have brought a large-scale performing arts complex to downtown Evanston.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Controversial Water Pumping Station Poised To Land at the Former Shore School
The pumping station will be built in the coming months at 2525 Church St., the former site of Shore School on land owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The location has stirred confusion, outrage, resentment, and misconceptions among some members of the community.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Downtown Target Hosts Ribbon-Cutting
City officials, community members and new employees were among those on hand the evening of March 6, as the Minneapolis-based retail giant Target Corporation unveiled its new downtown Evanston store at 1616 Sherman Ave. in Sherman Plaza.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
City Announces Changes in 'Transportation For Evanston' Program
Plans to shift from taxicab coupons for the elderly to a more comprehensive transportation network subsidy in the form of a City-issued, transit-specific debit card, are moving forward.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Panhandling Ordinance Rewrite Held in Committee
The complete replacement of Evanston’s existing Panhandling and Soliciting Ordinance with a rewritten law faced opposition from both the public and the Human Services Committee members at the March 5 meeting. The proposed rewrite was held in committee for revision and future discussion. Prospects for any actual changes are now unknown.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Budget-Crisis Bytes
As recently as Feb. 19, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz warned City Council of an upcoming budget crisis, calling on Council to “begin these reductions now if we’re going to be able to grapple” with budgetary needs looming in the near future. Apparently, the need to grapple will come – but it was not apparent at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, when aldermen approved another wave of expenditures without even the briefest discussion of their budgetary impact.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Practical Advice on Advancing Gun-Control Legislation
The first to speak were the four professionals who deal with violence in their daily lives – the Fire Department chaplain, two doctors, and a local activist.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Zoning Board Denies Variances to Central Street Project
The Evanston Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request on Feb. 20 for zoning relief to erect a 14-unit multiple-family residence at 3233-3249 Central St. and sent the project’s developers back to the drawing boards.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Evanston Celebrates National Drinking Water Week
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, May 6 through 12, the City of Evanston is hosting its annual art contest for third-grade students.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Understanding Lead and Drinking Water
The City of Evanston has provided the following information about lead in drinking water.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2017 Crime Statistics Show Improvements
The Evanston Police Department has released the 2017 Crime Statistics for Part 1 Crimes, which are defined by the FBI as murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated battery/assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  There was a reduction in six of the eight Part 1 categories in 2017 compared to 2016. While there was a reduction in violent crime, there was an uptick in both thefts and robberies.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Nominations for Preservation and Design Awards
The City of Evanston's Preservation Commission invites homeowners, architects, contractors, and Evanston residents to nominate preservation projects for the 2018 Evanston Preservation & Design Awards.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Evanston Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and the Evanston Police Department are proud to host a Community Peace Circle on  March 7, 2018 at  at the Levy Senior Center.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Draft 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The City of Evanston’s Draft 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is open for public comment from Monday, March 5 through Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Large Diameter Sewer Rehab Project Planned in Southwest Evanston
The City of Evanston will soon begin rehabilitation of the combined sewer that follows the Mulford Street right-of-way starting at the southwest corner of James Park and extending west to the North Shore Channel
Monday, February 26, 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
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
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
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
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
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

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