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Council members defer Interim City Manager hiring decision that is drawing heat

Evanston City Council members on Sept. 13 pushed back their vote to appoint an Interim City Manager to fill Erika Storlie’s position. The proposed appointment is already receiving plenty of attention from a residents’ group opposed to the choice. Council members had been scheduled to vote on the appointment of Deputy City Manager Kelley Gandurski […]

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Revised Ethics Board proposal returns residents to decision-making role

City residents would once again be given a role deciding ethics violations brought against public officials under a revised staff proposal that was backed by the City Council’s Rules Committee members at their Sept. 7 meeting, held in person and also broadcast over the City’s cable channel 16. Staff had previously recommended that the Ethics Board, composed […]

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Models present vision for new Evanston animal shelter

The City’s current 1980s-vintage animal shelter, where volunteers work under cramped conditions, would be replaced by a building with considerably more space to house animals for adoption and features such as a food pantry and event space under pre-design models shared at a community meeting last week. Members of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association (EASA), the largely volunteer […]

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‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids celebrate 10 years

Evanston celebrated 10 years of community partnership between Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School on Sept. 9. For the first time this year, the event was held on the high school’s marching band practice field and featured a collaboration among various community organizations, food vendors and student volunteers. The RoundTable’s Debbie-Marie Brown was there […]

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Distrust and documentation at the final TIF meeting before Council considers the proposal

One group came with documentation, one with determination. When the meeting at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center ended two hours later – at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 9 – it appeared that neither the small group of residents nor the City representatives had moved from their positions about the City’s newest proposed tax-increment financing, or TIF, […]

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City Council panel backs changes to weekly police newsletter

The Evanston Police Department’s weekly e-newsletter, “In the Squad Room” (ITSR) was a major topic of discussion at a Sept. 7 meeting of the City Council’s Human Services Committee, which recommended several changes after hearing input from attendees. Police Commander Jason Garner presented information about the newsletter, which has both fans and critics, and responded […]