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Solid Waste Fund gets $1 million injection from general fund

Despite slight improvements, the city’s Solid Waste Fund has shown a negative balance for several years, prompting officials to look at curative actions. The Solid Waste Fund is used to track revenues and expenses relating to the collection of solid waste from residences and businesses and…

Council grants reprieve to three planned developments

City Council members at their Sept. 27 meeting gave developers of a mixed-use development, a residential project and an office building an additional 18 months to obtain building permits. Several factors delayed construction on the planned developments at 1012 Chicago Ave., 1900 Sherman Ave. and 605…

New animal shelter proposal headed to City Council

It’s taken almost four years, but a proposal to fund a new $6.3 million building for the Evanston Animal Shelter should be on the Oct. 10 agenda of the City Council. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, during a special 17-minute meeting, the Animal Welfare Board agreed to…

Incident at Howard ‘L’ station causes delays on multiple lines

Red, Yellow and Purple line “L” trains were stuck at the Howard Street station for about half an hour late Tuesday afternoon “due to a minor incident involving rail cars at Howard,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Transit Authority told the RoundTable. After a significant delay,…


Spirit of Evanston, Future of Evanston award nominations due Oct. 3

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award 2022  Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of Evanston?  Is there someone you know who gave in an extraordinary way to our community during the pandemic? Someone who is infused with a…

Books: Q&A with local author Lynn Sloan

Evanston resident Lynn Sloan is a writer and photographer. Her first novel, Principles of Navigation, was chosen for Chicago Book Review’s Best Books of 2015, and her second novel, Midstream, was published in 2022 and called “luminous” by Foreword Reviews. She is the author of the story…

Weekish in photos (and a video): Sept. 19-26

We need to see how you picture Evanston. What have you seen or done that you can share? What caught your eye? We would love to see your pictures and keep up with you. Send your photos to Please put “Week in photos” in the subject…

‘Art of the Thread’ brings woven treasures to Central Street 

Somewhat hidden among the hundreds of artifacts in Laura Soskin’s Gallery 1925 on Central Street are textiles of all kinds and sizes. Most of the pieces are neatly folded on shelves, waiting for visitors to ask to have them pulled out for viewing. This Saturday’s event at…

Evanston is officially for the birds!

Sept. 12 marked a milestone for birds in Evanston, particularly benefitting those that migrate through the city. City Council unanimously passed an ordinance amending Title 4 of the City Code, “Building Regulations,” by adding Chapter 24 – Bird Friendly Building Design. Evanston’s downtown has glass buildings, both residential…


District 65 to fill Tanyavutti’s seat in October

After longtime member and former Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board President Anya Tanyavutti announced her resignation last week, the board announced in a Tuesday morning press release a plan to appoint her replacement next month. Tanyavutti’s resignation comes on the heels of…

Review: ‘YAMOLAND: The Sketchiest Place on Earth’

Fun fact: you do not need to be a current or former student at Evanston Township High School, or the parent of one, to enjoy and laugh at the new YAMO show, which opened on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the school’s Upstairs…

Woman’s death near ETHS ruled a suicide

The woman whose body was found Tuesday outside Evanston Township High School died by suicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday afternoon. After an autopsy, the medical examiner’s office ruled the death was caused by multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to…

Tanyavutti resigns from District 65 school board after 6 years

Anya Tanyavutti, a member of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board since 2016 and former president of the board, announced her resignation, effective immediately, at the board’s regular meeting held Monday night. Tanyavutti was the first Black woman to be school board…

District 65 school board appoints Tracy Olasimbo as new member

At their meeting Monday night, Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board members unanimously voted to appoint Tracy Olasimbo, the family engagement coordinator at Evanston Public Library, to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of former board Vice President Marquise Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon…



Les Jacobson: Beautiful days

With fall at hand, it’s a good time to look back at the last three months. And what a summer it was: Mild, clear and sunny, with little serious heat or humidity. While the rest of the country has been suffering through drought, fires, heat waves, hurricanes and…

Peggy Tarr: L’chaim*

This year, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began at sundown on Sept. 25 and ended on sundown Sept. 27. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days that end on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Oct. 4.  I grew up in a…

Letter to the Editor: Planning & Development Committee

[UPDATE: On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Planning and Development Committee met and voted to reject the billboard proposal 2-6. The measure will not advance to City Council. City Council members Bobby Burns (5th Ward) and Juan Geracaris (9th Ward) voted for it.] Dear Members of the Planning &…

John McClelland: A time-traveler’s Evanston

Editor’s Note: Evanston Essays is an ongoing series highlighting people’s thoughts, memories and opinions of Evanston. If you’d have an essay of about 500-600 words you’d like to share, please send it to I first saw Evanston in July 1969. We returned to stay in 2002. Growing…



Developing a Segregated Town, 1900-1960

Evanston’s first African American residents arrived in the 1850s, and by 1880 there were approximately 125 African Americans in Evanston. The number grew to 737 in 1900.…

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