Council confirms Fournier as new City Manager in 9-1 vote

Council confirms Fournier as new City Manager in 9-1 vote

Evanston City Council members approved the appointment of Ann Arbor Assistant City Administrator John Fournier as the next City Manager at the Monday, May 23, City Council meeting, bringing to a close a bruising process to find a new city leader. The vote was 9-1, meeting the…

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Two District 65 PTA presidents honored with Phyllis Ganser award

Two District 65 PTA presidents honored with Phyllis Ganser award

Kate Lister and Yoli Maya Yeh Joseph were honored Monday, May 23, with Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year Awards for the above and beyond support they gave students and parents at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 schools. Corky Siegfriedt, a member of the Phyllis Ganser award committee, presented the awards. As President of the Haven Middle School PTA, Siegfriedt said, reading an excerpt from the nomination, Lister worked to build communications…

Branch library in Family Focus an ‘ideal’ fit, says agency’s director

Branch library in Family Focus an ‘ideal’ fit, says agency’s director

An Evanston Public Library branch in the Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus building would be “ideal” and complement the other services intended to be housed in the building once its renovation is complete, the head of the organization told the Evanston Public Library Board last week. “It is becoming even more apparent that a library space would just be ideal as we think about the expanded opportunities for our center,” Dara Munson, Family Focus President and Chief…

Vintage Garage brings dozens of vendors to Evanston parking garage

Vintage Garage brings dozens of vendors to Evanston parking garage

More than 70 vendors piled into the Maple Avenue parking garage Sunday, May 22, to sell vintage toys, cashmere sweaters, mid-century furniture, retro lighters and everything in between.  The vendors are a part of a Chicago-based flea market called Vintage Garage. The market first moved to Evanston last year when its previous location was sold.  The Evanston location brings a new crowd because it attracts shoppers from the North Shore in addition to…

Evanston Garden Fair returns after pandemic hiatus

Evanston Garden Fair returns after pandemic hiatus

This weekend saw the return of the annual Evanston Garden Fair, which took a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Located in Independence Park at Central Street and Stewart Avenue, the fair offered an array of plants, including sun and shade-loving plants, flowering plants, native plants, hanging plants, ground cover, herbs and vegetables.  Almost all of the plants were grown by members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston, the nonprofit that organized…

As he wraps up his final weeks at the school, Witherspoon reflects on 16 years as ETHS superintendent 

As he wraps up his final weeks at the school, Witherspoon reflects on 16 years as ETHS superintendent 

From the start he made it his goal to address the school’s racial divide

In 2005, Eric Witherspoon was in his eighth year as superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa. He ran the largest public school district in the state, with more than 30,000 students and dozens of individual school buildings. At the time, recruiters, consultants and education leaders would often try to lure him to other jobs in different districts across the country, Witherspoon said, but he was not looking to leave Des Moines…

Activists give their state of the city view in protest prior to mayor’s speech

Activists give their state of the city view in protest prior to mayor’s speech

Dissatisfied with the announced choice for City Manager, protesters lined up outside the PalmHouse, where Mayor Daniel Biss was scheduled to deliver his “State of the City” speech at the annual Evanston Chamber Commerce event. As guests filed in to the $75-a-ticket (for non-members) luncheon at 619 Howard St. on Friday, May 20, members of the Community Alliance for Better Government held signs and talked to officials about the city’s recent announcement of…

‘Times of real joy, times of real pain’ – Mayor reports on the past year

‘Times of real joy, times of real pain’ – Mayor reports on the past year

The state of the city is much sounder than some people may think, Mayor Daniel Biss told the crowd gathered for the annual speech Friday, May 20, because while it’s been a year of great highs – as well as lows.  “I’ve been the mayor for a year,” Biss said to the luncheon crowd gathered at the PalmHouse, 619 Howard St. “It has been an incredible education, a remarkable journey. There have been…

‘In the company of heroes’: EPD 2022 Awards Ceremony

‘In the company of heroes’: EPD 2022 Awards Ceremony

The room was filled with blue. Formal blue uniforms with jackets and department awards, blue working uniforms for walking a beat or riding in a patrol car, blue shorts for members of the Community Policing group who patrol on bikes and blue jeans with holes for a Special Operations Group member. Even the cupcakes had blue icing. The people in blue were the men and women of the Evanston Police Department, plus a…

Local teen activist tackles lack of diversity in golf 

Local teen activist tackles lack of diversity in golf 

Fourteen-year-old Olivia Ohlson is always ready for a challenge.  While balancing school, sports, clubs, making hygiene kits, raising money for breast cancer research and winning the Future of Evanston service award, Ohlson has launched another endeavor to make the world a more just place: “Diversify Golf.” It’s simple, Ohlson says: Until she started playing golf at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she associated the sport with older and wealthy men, usually white.…

COVID-19 update as of May 19: Evanston is at middle risk level

COVID-19 update as of May 19: Evanston is at middle risk level

Hospitalizations in Illinois have doubled in the last six weeks

Even though the number of new COVID-19 cases in Evanston increased by 14% in the last week, Evanston has dropped from a high risk level to a medium risk level, according to an update posted by the City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department on May 19. Ike Ogbo, the City’s Director of Health & Human Services, explained why Evanston’s community level went from high last week to medium this week, even though new…

Responsiveness, equity, community engagement skills: Residents have high hopes for next police chief

Responsiveness, equity, community engagement skills: Residents have high hopes for next police chief

Small turnout at first forum, followup sessions slated for May 24

City officials – and reporters, for that matter – were out in more force than residents Wednesday, May 18, at a forum on selecting Evanston’s next police chief. But the public will have several other chances to weigh in, including another forum on Tuesday, May 24. Wednesday’s forum at the Robert Crown Community Center was inviting residents’ comments on what qualities they would like in the city’s next police chief. And the half…

City considers making Evanston buildings all-electric

City considers making Evanston buildings all-electric

Evanston may follow the lead of Ithaca, New York, which made headlines in November 2021 when it voted to electrify all 6,000 homes and buildings to help fulfill its ambitious climate goals  The City of Evanston hosted a webinar May 18 to discuss the steps Ithaca is taking and to consider whether Evanston should do the same. Evanston must look at more drastic measures if it hopes to reach its goal of achieving…

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