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Latest Harley Clarke Ideas Focus on Revenue ‘Sweet Spot’

Organizers devoted their first Harley Clarke conversation session on Jan. 24 to brainstorm future uses for the lakefront building. At the second session, Feb. 28, organizers encouraged participants to tie the ideas to uses that are financially sustainable.   At this latest session, held at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, the nearly 60 participants were encouraged to […]

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Robert Crown Project Debt, Harley Clarke Dominate Discussion at Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Stephen Hagerty spent much of his annual Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 20, responding to questions about issues surrounding two City-owned buildings – the Harley Clarke Mansion on the lake and the new Robert Crown Community Center, now going up at Main Street and Dodge Avenue. In a full two-hour session at the City’s […]

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Mayor Says City Manager’s Job Searches Have Not Diminished Performance

A majority of Evanston City Council members feel City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is meeting or exceeding expectations. The City Manager’s performance has not been diminished in his pursuit of jobs elsewhere, said Mayor Stephen Hagerty in a statement at the start of the City Council meeting Feb. 11. “Mr. Bobkiewicz has the right to apply […]

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Two City Employee Groups Agree to 0% Increases in First Year of New Contracts

The City has reached contract agreements with two key employee groups that call for zero percent increases  in 2019 and a low wage increase the year after, in what one official called a “huge step forward” in helping the city improve its financial situation. At the Feb. 11 City Council Administration & Public Works Committee […]

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Group Says Private Users Should Share More of the Cost of New Crown Center

A group of residents, concerned about the hefty price of the new Robert Crown Community Center, pressed officials at a Feb. 13 meeting on how the City intends to pay off the 25-year bonds for the project. They also raised concerns the debt will fall on future taxpayers. Members of “Evanstonians for a Financially Responsible […]

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Longtime Funeral Director Nathan Haliburton, Jr. Honored for Community Service and Leadership

Before she became alderman, Delores Holmes was best known for work as executive director of Family Focus. The agency played an early role in providing support services for unwed mothers, during a period when that status was still viewed as a stigma. It was during that time she got to really know Nathan Haliburton, Jr., […]

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Alderman Says City Manager’s Uncertain Job Status Has Placed the City in a ‘Holding Pattern’

Sixth Ward Alderman Thomas Suffredin, going directly to the public with his concerns, says that City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s uncertain job status has placed the City in an “interminable holding pattern” and has called for Mayor Stephen Hagerty and the City Council to have an open public discussion about the future of the position. Mr. Bobkiewicz, Evanston’s […]

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Council Agrees to $1.25 Million Settlement in Crosby Case

Several speakers, including Evanston’s City Clerk, called on City Council members to examine the City’s actions and initiate reforms in the wake of a $1.25 million settlement with a former Northwestern University student following a police stop and arrest in 2015. At their Jan. 28 regular meeting, City Council members approved the settlement and a […]