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October 16, 2018 




Evanston Approaches Community Wildlife Habitat Certification
The City of Evanston received Wildlife Habitat certifications for 14 of its parks through the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Garden for Wildlife program.
Monday, October 15, 2018
The Proposal to Split Up the Youth and Young Adult Programs Division
By all accounts the City’s Youth and Young Adult Programs Division has received high marks. In a recent survey, residents were asked to “select the 10 programs that you believe to be the most important for the City to provide.” The Youth and Young Adult Services Department ranked second highest out of a list of more than 50 City programs.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Affordable Housing Plan Committee Being Formed
Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty is inviting community members to help guide the development of Evanston’s Affordable Housing Plan by participating in the City's Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Fall Bulk Trash Pick-up Fridays, Oct. 5-26
The City of Evanston's Public Works Agency offers residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Early Voting Begins October 22
Early voting for the November 6 Gubernatorial general election will take place from October 22 through November 5, 2018.
Monday, October 8, 2018
City Manager's Budget: Staff Reductions, Some Fee Hikes, No Property Tax Increase From the City
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has unveiled his proposed 2019 budget, balanced with reductions in programs and personnel and increases in fees and hikes.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Evanston Fire Department Hosts Open House for Fire Prevention Week
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to 13, the Evanston Fire Department invites community members to attend a Fire Prevention Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 7,  at Fire Station 2, 702 Madison St.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
The total property taxes extended or abated for the Evanston Public Library for 2017 equaled $7,114,515.  The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2018 equals $7,248,405.  This represents an 1.88% increase over the previous year.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
A Force to be Reckoned With as Evanston Mayor, Alderman, Principal, Teacher and Friend
It was not by accident that the more than 700 mourners left smiling after the funeral of Evanston’s beloved mayor, Lorraine Hairston Morton. As they left the Alice Millar Chapel on Sept. 24, her family, friends, colleagues and admirers went out smiling and singing "Oh, Happy Day" along with the Second Baptist Church choir.  Of course, it was a happy day. That is how Mayor Morton planned it.

She died only three months before her 100th birthday. ... “Here’s to the most impactful mayor in 150 years!”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Library Equity Study Recommends Greater Outreach to Minority Communities, Branch in Fifth Ward, Among Other Things
Increasing space to serve Evanston’s minority populations permeated the list of 11 recommendations from equity consultant DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA).
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Gang-Related Shooting on Howard Street
On Sept. 20, at approximately 3:30 p.m., three young men sitting in an SUV on Custer Avenue, about one block north of Howard Street, were struck by gunfire that came from a vehicle that pulled alongside them, said police.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Lukewarm Reception to City Staff Proposals to Reconfigure Some Boards
City staff say that in pursuit of the City’s overall goal of making Evanston the most livable city in America, they are proposing to combine some City boards, committees and commissions (BCCs) to make them more efficient and cut down on staff time. The City has achieved a 4-STAR rating from the U.S Green Building Council, and the proposed adjustments would align committee names and missions to the seven livability categories of STAR communities.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Coyotes in the Weeds
The Oct. 4 property-standards hearing for violations at the site of a former greenhouse is about morae than the overgrowth of weeds. It is about the coyotes harbored by the weeds.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Rules Committee Approves Some Staff-Recommended Changes to City Procedures
The 10 members of the Rules Committee of City Council – the nine aldermen and the mayor – discussed changes proposed by City staff to streamline City government and make more efficient use of staff time.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Update on Search for New Police Chief
At the Oct. 1 Human Services Committee meeting, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said the process of searching for a new police chief continues. The City held a meeting on Sept. 5 for residents to weigh in on qualities they would like to see in a new chief, and a second meeting is scheduled at Evanston Township High School later this month.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Ninth Annual MashUp Celebrates Everything Evanston
Mayor Stephen Hagerty and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro teamed up for the second year in a row as Co-Captains of the Evanston MashUp, which took place on Sept. 20 at Northwestern University. 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
League of Women Voters to Host Forum on Referendums
The League of Women Voters of Evanston will host a forum to help voters consider viewpoints on two referenda that will appear on the November ballot.  The forum will take place at 2 p.m. on Oct 14 in the Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Callan Avenue Condos Converted to Apartments
Interra Realty Brokers, a Chicago-based commercial real estate investment services firm, announced last week that it brokered a sale of the building at 122-130 Callan for $3.7 million.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Evanston Police Launch 'Five-O' Fitness
The Evanston Police Department is launching a new program, Five-O Fitness, a program for those 18 years or older, in partnership with local gyms and fitness trainers.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Schakowsky Statement on announced North America Trade Deal
“For more than 20 years, NAFTA has benefitted corporations and the ultra-wealthy in the United States, but has cost jobs, made middle-class American families poorer, and hollowed out large segments of a once vibrant Midwest economy. ...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Library to Hold Public Hearing on 2019 Budget
The Evanston Public Library will be conducting a public hearing on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to give consideration to the Fiscal Year 2019 Proposed Budget Document.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Gang-Related Shooting on Howard Street
Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew told the RoundTable on Sept. 21the three victims – one with minor wounds, one originally listed as in critical condition and one in serious condition – are all expected to survive.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
City Working Group Provides Roadmap To Make Evanston Carbon Neutral by 2050
To achieve carbon neutrality will require not only actions by the City, but participation by everyone in the community.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
No Firm Figures, But an Overview of Ways and Means
Since March, City officials have been cautioning that living in Evanston next year will be a little leaner and a little costlier. Projected expenses appear to outstrip anticipated revenues for 2019, leaving a shortfall of $7.4 million.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
New Station Adjustment Forms Designed for Clarity and Support for Juveniles Arrested by Evanston Police
Redesigned station adjustment forms can lessen the confusion for juveniles arrested by Evanston police officers and provide clarity about the next steps for the juveniles and their families in this unnerving process.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hearings on James Park Environmental Case Conclude
As of January 2018, the City had spent $2.8 million on legal and expert consultant fees on the matter. Corporation Counsel Michelle Masoncup told the RoundTable that the City had spent $2.1 million in fees in 2018, bringing the total fees spent on the case to close to $5 million.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Residents Weigh in on Hiring of New Police Chief
Evanston residents met with City officials Sept. 5 to discuss potential hiring criteria for a new police chief, given the forthcoming retirement of Chief Richard Eddington, who will be stepping down at the end of the year.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Northwestern Raises $4.06 Billion, Sets Goal for $5 Billion
A major new commitment from Northwestern University trustee and alumnus T. Bondurant French and his wife, Hollis S. French, has pushed fundraising for We Will, The Campaign for Northwestern University, past the $4 billion mark and beyond its original goal of $3.75 billion, nearly two years ahead of schedule, said Northwestern in a press release.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
League of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums
The League of Women Voters will hold candidate forums for five contested races on Oct. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wilmette Village Hall, 1220 Wilmette Ave. in Wilmette. The event is co-sponsored by the Evanston, Glenview/ Glencoe, Wilmette and Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth Leagues.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Seventeen Years Later, the Nation Still Remembers - and Mourns
A small but solemn crowd that gathered in Fireman’s Park for the annual Patriot Day Remembrance, which began at 7:30 a.m. Speeches by elected officials, chaplains and the Fire and Police chiefs evoked the horror of the attacks, the bravery of the first responders and the continued suffering and rising death toll of those who ran to the conflagration to help.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018



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