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Guest Essay: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, by Rosalie Riegle

We are in denial about nuclear war.  Because the death of the planet is unthinkable, we just don’t think it.  But nuclear activists such as the Kings Bay Trident Plowshares Seven do: they not only think, but act.  (See And you can, too, by collaborating with people around the world who are working to […]

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Guest Essay: Carbon Pricing Is the Best First Step to Address Climate Crisis, By Co-leaders of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Evanston

With the current climate crisis, Evanstonians can feel proud of our Climate Action and Resilience Plan and our bold commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. We are not alone in taking local action. Nearly 150 U.S. cities have committed to transition to clean renewable energy by 2050. These local commitments are critical in light of […]

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Guest Essay Evanston Library Has a Lean Budget But Expansive Outreach and Long-Term Plans

The work of the Evanston Public Library is far-reaching, multi-dimensional and personal and is best developed through direct input from those we serve. We are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs and expectations of our residents both within the walls of our libraries and in locations around the community where our residents gather – from […]

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The Traffic Guy hears that this year’s holiday parking program to entice patrons to shop and dine locally depends on customers having the ParkEvanston app. …

… that this year’s holiday parking program to entice patrons to shop and dine locally depends on customers having the ParkEvanston app. As last year, the City will provide ParkEvanston app validation codes to merchants, and the merchants can pass these along to anyone making a purchase at their store. So what it looks like […]

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Breaking Free From Financial Abuse, On Behalf of YWCA

Tracking expenses is one way you can have control of your money. A budget is one of the most efficient tools for money management – controlling your money, allocating it efficiently and reaching your financial goals more quickly. However, when your partner tracks your expenses and demands that you provide receipts for everything, this is […]

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Guest Essay: Open Letter to Morton Schapiro, President, Northwestern University, Submitted by Northwestern Neighbors

We are Evanston residents who own and reside in properties within very close proximity to Northwestern’s athletic complex, the area which contains Ryan Field, Welsh Ryan Arena, Rocky Miller Park, athletic practice facilities and some large parking lots.  For zoning purposes, the City has labeled this area the U2 district.  Most of us have lived […]

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Guest Essay: Tell Your Alderman to ‘Say No To Pro At NU,’ By Judy Berg

City Council will soon vote on a zoning amendment that would allow Northwestern University to hold for-profit concerts and athletic events for up to 7,000 attendees within the “U2 University Athletic Facilities District,” which includes Welsh Ryan Arena and Ryan Field.  The property is situated in a residential neighborhood immediately surrounded by 500+ single-family homes […]

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Guest Essay: The City Should Uphold Its Zoning Standards, By Eleanor Revelle

Northwestern University has requested an amendment to Evanston’s zoning code to allow professional sports events and for-profit entertainment events on its athletic campus on Central Street. The Evanston City Council should deny this request. Allowing professional sports and for-profit events would undermine the protections that our zoning code is expected to provide to area residents. […]

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Guest Essay: The Legislature Should Approve the Clean Energy Jobs Act, By A Guest Essay By Lauren Marquez-Viso and Cynthia Linton

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) is waiting in Springfield to be passed into law. Advocates in the environmental, environmental justice, health-care, consumer, faith and jobs sectors are among those pushing hard for its passage this fall during the General Assembly’s veto session. What is the urgency? Why now? Why can’t it wait until the […]