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  • 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.
  • Adults who live, work, or worship in Evanston are invited to take part in racial healing circles led by YWCA Evanston/North Shore at various sites throughout Evanston, Jan. 21-24.
  • The Check Out Podcast Checks Out Evanston People
    Evanston Public Library has launched The Check Out, a podcast that introduces listeners to Evanston residents or people working in Evanston who are actively engaged in making the community better, and other noteworthy pursuits. The podcast, hosted by EPL Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Schacter, features interviews with Evanstonians involved in fields such as the arts, history, nonprofits and community development.
  • The City of Evanston has launched a year of hosting a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, "Rightfully Hers," commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. “Rightfully Hers” contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. 
  • The Traffic Guy hears
    … that, while the streets of Evanston offer only the humdrum potpourri of dead leaves, crumpled plastic bottles and other jetsam, there is real beauty at the lakefront. Ellen Galland took this photo at sunrise on Jan. 9. Just two days later, wave after wave pounded Lee Street Beach, throwing sand onto the sidewalk there. On Jan. 12, some of the sand layer was three or four inches deep.
  • Guest Essay #4: Affordable Housing, Equity, and Reparations
    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.
  • The Evanston Electoral Board on Jan. 15 voted not to allow a resident-led referendum question on the March 17 primary election ballot.
  • Evanston City Council members backed away from authorizing a temporary moratorium on the deconversion of condominiums to rental apartment buildings, after aldermen sparred on the length of time of the moratorium and then failed to move forward altogether.
  • Residents Raise a Chorus of Concerns to Church’s Rent Figures
    Leaders at Mount Pisgah Ministry Church ran into strong resident reaction at a Fifth Ward meeting Jan. 8 where they presented plans to redevelop the church’s property, as well as a long vacant lot at Church Street and Darrow Avenue, long viewed as an important piece in the area’s development.
  • Guest Essay #3: Moving Forward with Age-Friendly Housing
    Joining Forces asks that the Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee consider the full range of people who need affordable housing as they begin to develop their plan. We believe that the Plan needs to include strategies to address the specific needs of lower income senior citizens, according to the work done by the Age-Friendly Housing Committee, as well as the needs of other stakeholder groups including low-income working families and people with disabilities.
  • Wind and Water Sweep Evanston’s Lakefront in a Show of Power
    The subject heading on Charles West’s Saturday evening email was succinct: “Lee Street Beach is gone.”
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