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  • Group Discusses Sunday Bus Service Cost Estimates
    Members of a City Committee are exploring the feasibility of adding Sunday bus service along the Dodge Avenue corridor, weighing different cost estimates for providing the service.
  • We expect the next round of snow to enter our area close to 9pm. It is still unclear just how much accumulation this may bring before it ends late morning/early afternoon tomorrow.  Models have a current range of 1 to 3 inches for Evanston.
  • ‘Part of the Solution’
    With affordable senior housing a big need, the City took a small step in that direction Jan. 21, approving developers’ plans to build a four-story addition, including 60 affordable units for older residents, on Howard Street.
  • Double Exposure: Officials’ Names Should Not Headline City Programs During Election Season: Alderman
    An alderman is urging colleagues to adopt a policy on whether events and programs in the City of Evanston should bear the name of elected officials.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Renovations Highlight the Importance of Place
    The Evanston community has many reasons to celebrate the newly renovated Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center at 1655 Foster St. The renovation is an investment in the care and preservation of Evanston’s oldest community center, a place that embodies our local history and inspires a sense of belonging to a greater community.
  • A Weekend of Celebrations of Dr. King’s Legacy
    Starting with the Officer and Gentlemen Academy kickoff and ending with the candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, the community of Evanston observed the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in words, music and action.
  • After Rejection by Evanston’s Electoral Board, Quinn et al File for Judicial Review
    By 2-1 votes on each objection filed by Evanston residents, the City’s Electoral Board on Jan. 15  sustained the two objections to a referendum question posed by other Evanston residents that would have altered the way City ordinances can be enacted. On Jan. 17, former Governor Pat Quinn, who represented the Evanston Voter Initiative before the Electoral Board, filed   a petition in the Cook County Circuit Court for judicial review of the Electoral Board’s decision.
  • Council Stays Local on Search Firm for Next City Manager
    Evanston City Council members are sticking with a local firm that includes several former City insiders among its top officers to conduct the search for the City’s next City Manager, despite concerns raised by some about the process.
  • Interim Public Health Manager Greg Olsen has been appointed Public Health Manager. He  will be responsible for managing the department’s public and environmental health programs and staff, including restaurant inspections, food safety, lead poisoning prevention, vector and rodent control, beach water safety, tobacco cessation, emergency response and health and wellness initiatives.
  • Thompson Appointed Community Services Manager
    Health & Human Services Director Ike Ogbo has appointed Audrey Thompson, regional ombudsman and program manager for the City’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Community Services Manager. She is a licensed Master Social Worker and serves as an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department of Northeastern Illinois University.
  • Evanston Reparations Subcommittee Will Have Three Aldermen as Members
    Council unanimously appointed Ald. Braithwaite to serve as the third member of the subcommittee, and decided not to add any additional members. The expectation is that the subcommittee will gather necessary input from the community and from experts to assist them to form a proposal on how to use the Reparations Fund created by City Council in November.
  • Guest Essay #5: Choose Affordable Housing!

    On January 21, a key topic at the Evanston City Council meeting will be progress on creating more affordable housing in our community. Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is guest-authoring five editorials to inform and engage our community around this issue, which affects wellbeing and future opportunities for all of us.

  • Interfaith Action’s (fundraising) first Walk for Warmth takes place on Jan. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St. The walk will be led by Leadership Walkers including Mayor Stephen Hagerty, most of the aldermen, Interim City Manager Erika Storlie, Fire Chief Brian Scott, Police Chief Demitrous Cook and Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors as President of the NAACP. 
  • City Files Lien Against The Margarita Inn to Recover Back Payment of Taxes Close to $500k
    Evanston has filed a tax lien against The Margarita Inn at 1566 Oak Ave. after an internal City audit revealed the hotel was in arrears of nearly $500,000 in back taxes, officials confirmed this week. The City has had several situations recently where payments of taxes or fees, normally a given, have become a question.
  • Let It Snow – But Clear Those Walks
    Evanston officials are considering dumping their four-inch sidewalk- snow-removal rule and replacing it with one that makes allowances for different weather events.
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