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October 22, 2019 



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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Artist Blessing Hancock Seeks Public Input for Art Installation Design at New Robert Crown Community Center
Artist Blessing Hancock, will create a public art installation for the new Robert Crown Community Center and is seeking public input to be incorporated into the design.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
City Council Meet Cancelled
City Council has cancelled its Oct. 21 meeting.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Council Endorses Petition for New Tax Status of Howard Street Building
City Council members have approved a resolution endorsing a resident’s appeal to Cook County to change the tax status of a building he wishes to purchase on Howard Street.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Council Bytes
Council members spent more time listening than debating at the public part of the Oct. 14 meeting, before they retreated into executive session.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Ethics Board Finds in Favor of Ald. Braithwaite on Ethics Complaint
On Oct. 15, the City’s Board of Ethics held a hearing on a complaint filed by Trisha Connolly and Albert Gibbs against Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sidewalk Riding Part of a Bigger Issue
Evanston officials have long grappled with what to do about cyclists riding on sidewalks in some areas, placing pedestrians at risk.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Officials Take First Steps to Allow Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries
Evanston aldermen last month offered some initial directives for allowing a dispensary for recreational marijuana use to open next year – making the operations subject to special use zoning provisions and recommending a limit on their initial number.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Deja Vu All Over Again? City May Need To Hold Referendum to Establish a Practice in Use for Decades
Records dating back to the late 1940s indicate Evanston local elections have never been partisan, but officials may still have to reinforce that fact in a referendum next year.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Council Stands Behind Supermajority Needed to Remove City Manager
Evanston City Council members are sticking with a supermajority of votes needed for removal of the next City Manager – superseding the number needed under State municipal code as well as that followed by some surrounding communities.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Stage Getting Set for Northlight's Return
City Council on Oct. 14 approved unanimously and without comment a special use permit that would allow Northlight Theatre to build a 37,800-square-foot cultural facility at 1012-18 Church St.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
City's Proposed FY20 Budget Has Increases in Some Fees, Possible Property Tax Hike But No Layoffs
The City of Evanston’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 was made public on Oct. 4. The $317 million budget is balanced with anticipated new revenues, increases in some fees and a 10.9% increase in levies.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Residents Criticize City's Spending Decisions in Budget's First Airing
Residents at a joint 6th and 7th Ward meeting on Oct. 10 raised some pointed questions about past City spending decisions at an early airing of the City’s 2020-21 budget.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Programming Planned in October Around the 'Undesign the Redline' Exhibit
Members of the Evanston community are invited to attend programming around the “Undesign the Redline” exhibit. Created by Designing the WE. ...
Monday, October 7, 2019
City Issues Fall Cleanup Reminders
The City of Evanston is issuing reminders to residents regarding seasonal services and cleanup activities, including food and yard waste pickup and street cleaning.
Monday, October 7, 2019
City to Construct Oakton Street Water Supply Connection
Construction will extend along Hartrey Avenue between Cleveland Street and Oakton Street and along Oakton Street between Hartrey Avenue and the North Shore Channel.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Schiff Speaks on the Perils Facing Liberal Democracy
Introduced as “the most important politician in the country today,” Congressman Adam Schiff gave the Richard Leopold Lecture on Oct. 3 in Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium.
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Friday, October 4, 2019
Local Sales Tax Hike Narrowly Clears Council
Evanston City Council members narrowly approved a quarter percent hike in the home-rule sales tax on Sept. 23, with several aldermen expressing concern about the impact the increase could have on local business.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Board Recommends Expanding Howard Street TIF District
At the Sept. 25 meeting of the Joint Review Board, the members present unanimously agreed to recommend that City Council expand the physical space of the Howard-Ridge tax-increment financing (TIF) district.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
City Mulls Ordinance to Protect Certain Trees on Private Property
NIMBY has jumped a fence or two in recent years.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
City OKs Civic Center Space Study
Evanston officials initially requested City Council approval for major work to the Morton Civic Center’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, but took several steps beyond that at the Sept.  16 Evanston City Council meeting.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Aldermen Seek Right Fit on Firm to Conduct City Manager Search
Ald. Donald Wilson, 4th Ward, suggested the Council hold over the issue until the Rules Committee meets and have three search firms selected by aldermen make their presentation then. The Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Civic Center, 2100 N. Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Federal Court Dismisses Skokie Suit Over Water Rates
On Sept. 27, U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras dismissed the complaint filed by the Village of Skokie and several Skokie residents against the City of Evanston, its Mayor and Aldermen. 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Hearing Reviews Hospital Request To End Certain OB Services
The application states that while routine deliveries will no longer occur at the hospital following the discontinuation, outpatient OB/gyn care, including prenatal care, will continue to be provided, as will subspecialty gynecological programs, including oncology, urogynecology and gynecologic surgery.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
City Approves Naming Rights Agreements with Two Local Hockey Groups
Two area hockey groups are stepping up with donations to the Robert Crown Community Center project in exchange for ice time and partial naming  rights at one of the new center’s NHL-sized rinks.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Ethics Board Takes Jurisdiction Over Complaint Against Ald. Braithwaite
A finding of jurisdiction does not constitute a finding that Ald. Braithwaite violated the Code of Ethics, but only that the Board will hold a hearing to decide if he did.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Police Recover Loaded Handgun
The handgun was a .40 caliber Glock 22 loaded with an extended magazine containing 29 rounds, and the driver admitted to possessing the handgun, said the Commander. 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Exhibit Shows History of Segregation and Redlining in Evanston
Unlike many suburbs that sought to exclude African Americans altogether, leading members of Evanston’s real estate establishment played a role in the growth of Evanston’s African American community, said historian Andrew Wiese in an article about segregation in Evanston published in the Journal of Social History in 1999. There was a major caveat, though. Mr. Wiese says, “Evanston’s white real estate brokers apparently developed a practice of informal racial zoning. In effect, they treated a section of west Evanston as open to African Americans, while excluding them from the rest of town.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The Federal Housing Administration's Role in Segregating and Cutting Off Mortgage Financing for Black Families in Chicago, 1934-1960
This article examines FHA’s underwriting policies and practices that promoted segregation in Chicago, limited the supply of housing to Black people in Chicago, and cut off mortgage financing to Black people in Chicago between 1934 and 1960.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
'Bike the Ridge' in Evanston September 29
Bicyclists of all ages are invited to pedal up and down Ridge Avenue during the City’s annual “Bike the Ridge” event on Sunday, September 29.
Thursday, September 12, 2019



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