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The City of Evanston began testing of underground sites in James Park beginning in March 2014. This testing continued through May 2014, and ongoing testing and monitoring is in place. The City continues to work with the  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, School District 65, and community partners regarding this matter.

This work will be reviewed and shared with the community at the Tuesday, May 27, 2014 City Council meeting, which will take place in the Council Chambers of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston. The Council meeting will begin after the Planning & Development Committee Meeting, which begins at 7:15 p.m. 

For those unable to attend in person, the meeting may be viewed on television via Comcast’s Channel 16 or on AT&T U-verse at the “Local Government Education and Public Access” channel. The live stream of Council video is available at Council videos are usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting at or via video links on the agendas and minutes page at

A news story has been posted on the City of Evanston website at It includes links to documents with information related to this work. This information will be supplemented as needed. For more information, please call Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber at 847-866-5924.