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July 16, 2018 

Good Morning, Evanston

Good Morning, Evanston

It’s July 16 the 197th day of 2018; 168 days remain in the year. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s temperatures of Lake Michigan were 75 at the Chicago shore, 61 at the Chicago crib and 73 at the Wilmette buoy.


The City Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight there will be a training for administering Narcan/Naloxone, an opioid antidote used to reverse overdoses. Fee. Main Library.


These notable people were born on this day:

Mary Baker Eddy (1821)

Ida B. Wells (1862)

Roald Amundsen (1872)

Orville Redenbacher (1907)

Ginger Rogers  (1911)


Monday, July 16, 2018
Food Truck Festival and Starlight Concert at Brummel Park July 17
Community members can sample menu items from ten food trucks and enjoy the music of South Boulevard Band at Brummel Park on Tuesday, July 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 2018
World Arts and Music Festival at Dawes Park July 21 and 22
Community members are invited to travel the world without leaving town at the World Arts and Music Festival at Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, from noon to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 2018
 City and Smylie Brothers Reach Agreement on Termination of Lease
Smylie Brothers and the City of Evanston walked away from the recycling center venture on July 9, each with some gain, some loss, and, on the City’s side, relief and disappointment.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Aldermen Approve Up to $85 Million in Bonds For Crown, Other Projects
With some spoken reservation but ultimate unanimity on July 9, aldermen approved the issuance of bonds to pay for the new Robert Crown complex, infrastructure improvements throughout the City and development on Howard Street.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Police Chief Announces Resignation
At a press conference on July 9, Evanston’s top cop, Police Chief Richard Eddington, announced that he would leave office at the end of December. He is 66 years old and has served as Evanston’s Chief of Police since 2009.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Increase in Real Estate Transfer Tax Still a Possibility
On July 9, City Council continued discussing a possible increase to the real estate transfer tax as one way to reduce the City’s projected budget deficit. Council members discussed various approaches, but did not reach a decision.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Fountain Square and Robert Crown: Two Projects, Two Processes
City Engineer Lara Biggs described alternative processes the City of Evanston can use to select a contractor for a major capital project. She was speaking at the joint Sixth and Seventh Ward meeting on June 5.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Politicians Speak Out at DPOE Immigration Town Hall
About 200 people attended an immigration town hall meeting at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center on July 2. Hosted by the Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) with State Representatives Laura Fine (IL-09) and Robyn Gabel (IL-18), the event took place just two days after demonstrators converged on downtown Chicago in sweltering heat to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Local Employment Job Fair for the New Roberty Crown Center, Ice Complex & Library
The City of Evanston and its construction manager will be hosting a job fair to solicit participation from union trade Evanston residents interested in working on the new Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex & Library as a part of the City’s Local Employment Program. The job fair will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 26 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
Monday, July 9, 2018
Committee Readjustments
Following the recommendation of the Rules Committee, whose membership includes all 10 members of City Council, aldermen on June 25 unanimously approved a resolution changing the composition of the Transportation/Parking Committee.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Protestor Arrested at Parade
Four Evanston police officers approached a woman dressed in black, holding a black parasol and walking in the middle of Central Street shortly before the parade passed by.
Friday, July 6, 2018
Division Chief Vanek Retires
Division Chief Glenn Vanek retired on July 2nd after a distinguished 24 year career with the Evanston Fire Department. 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Lincoln Street Beach Reopens to the Public
The Lincoln Street Beach has reopened after being closed for several years while construction was underway in the area. The beach is located at the far east end of Lincoln Street, just north of Northwestern University’s Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Kimberly Richardson New Deputy City Manager
In her new role, Ms. Richardson will manage operations in the City Manager's Office, including City Council communications, volunteer and community ambassador programs, administrative adjudication services, and the City's sustainability, cultural arts, and equity and empowerment initiatives.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
City Increases Debt Limit, Approves $85 Million in Bond Issues for 2018, 2019
At the June 25 City Council meeting aldermen unanimously approved an amendment to the City’s budget policy that increased the City’s debt limit by $37 million – from $113 million to $150 million.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Budget Discussions Preview Higher Taxes More Than Service Cuts
A City staff presentation labeled “2019 Budget Update” laid out a stark projected future for the 2019 City budget.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Recycling Center: Smylie Seeks Release, City Looks to Re-Lease
While the City and Smylie Brothers are looking to unravel Smylie’s commitment to a now-defunct proposal to operate a brewpub at the City’s former recycling center, City officials are hoping to fast-track a new project for the property.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Skokie Sues Evanston Over Water Rates
On June 20, the Village of Skokie, three residents of Skokie and a business in Skokie filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago against the City of Evanston, Stephen Hagerty, individually as Mayor, and the City’s nine aldermen, all individually (the Skokie Complaint). The complaint alleges that Defendants are charging Plaintiffs excessive fees for treating and distributing Lake Michigan water to Skokie and its residents.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Alderman Rue Simmons Moves to Vacate Default Judgment
On June 13, Cook County Judge Thaddeus Machnik entered a default judgment in favor of Sophia and Thomas Jenkins (“Plaintiffs”) and against Robin Rue Simmons and Signature Construction Services, Inc., (“Defendants”) in the amount of $64,726.37. In their complaint, filed in March 2017, the Plaintiffs allege that the Defendants breached a construction contract to rehab their home.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Pumping Station Protests Continue
On June 18, a handful of residents stood near the intersection of Church Street and McCormick Boulevard to protest the construction of a water-pumping station just east of there. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District owns the property at 2525 Church St. and leases it to the City. The site borders residential area on the western edge of Evanston.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Council Weighs in on Family Separations at Border
Mayor Hagerty said because of the lack of leadership in Washington, D.C., it is important for cities to take the lead.  He said, “I feel this resolution reflects the values of Evanston.”
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Chicago Man Charged with Burglary
While processing the scene an Evidence Technician recovered evidence that contained a sample of the suspect's DNA.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Two Evanston Families Displaced After a Basement Fire in The Residence
At 8:42 p.m.  on June 30, Evanston fire companies responded to 1715 Payne Street, for the report of a structure fire in a multiple family residence.
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Gun Recovered in Traffic Stop
During the interview, the driver admitted to having a handgun in his waistband, said the Commander. The driver  was arrested and officers recovered a loaded Taurus 9 mm handg
Friday, June 29, 2018
Recent ETHS Graduate Killed On Chicago's West Side
In a tragic incident, a 17-year old was shot multiple times in the head at about 4:45 a.m. on June 18 while he was on the street around the 1900 block of South Loomis in Chicago, according to Chicago Police Department records.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Michelle Masoncup Appointed City of Evanston Corporation Counsel
Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced the appointment of Deputy City Attorney Michelle Masoncup as corporation counsel.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Budget Process Far From Over
Since the City previewed its budget process a few weeks ago – including proposed cuts to or elimination of more than 50 quality-of-life/social services programs – much of the vocal response has been negative.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
City to Launch Summer Program on Nonviolence for ETHS Students
What may be an important initiative to reduce youth violence in Evanston is being launched this summer. The Kingian Nonviolence program, named after and inspired by the life, work and principles of Martin Luther King, will be held from June 19 through July 31.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Good Morning, Evanston

June 25

Good morning, Evanston

City meetings tonight in Council chambers.

Administration and Public Works Committee, 6 p.m.

TEFRA hearing, 7 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

Planning & Development Committee, 7:30 p.m.

City Council, after the P&D meeting.

Council Chambers, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The TEFRA hearing – Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act – hearing  is on the bond issue for the new Robert Crown Center and is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Council chambers.  In addition, the City will be seeking raise its debt limit to issue general obligation bonds to pay for the new Robert Crown Center and other capital projects.

Monday, June 25, 2018

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