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March 26, 2019 

Where to Pick Up the RoundTable Paper
The RoundTable, published in print every other week, can be picked up at more than 40 sites around Evanston.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Legislative Update from Rep. Robyn Gabel
Below, I've highlighted some legislative accomplishments thus far and a selection of bills I am actively working to pass in Springfield.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Black Business Tour and Expo Highlight African Americans' Impact on Local Business Scene
“Rather than going it alone, the idea came up, not only should we be talking to one another, but what if all businesses talked to one another, networked, shared challenges, so forth.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Aldermen Close Book on Library Lot Project
Much of the previous public discussion of the proposal had been devoted to height and bulk of building and impact on two historic structures. At the March 18 meeting, discussion turned to the busy alley that bends around the property line.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Council Sets Nine Month Time Frame for New Uses for Harley Clarke
“No one is going to invest in a mansion unless they own the building. I feel very, very strong about that,” Mayor Hagerty said. “You’re not going to get somebody to put $5 million or $10 million bucks into that mansion if you say that it is still City property.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
City Health Director to Leave
Of all her accomplishments for the Evanston community, Dr. Thomas-Smith told the RoundTable she is “most proud of the private public partnership that established the First Federally Qualified Health Center for Evanston, Erie Evanston Skokie Health Center. They are now expanding and will be the largest FQHC ever.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Merion Owners to Propose Chicago Avenue Luxury Rental Property
The new development, named The Legacy, would feature 33 studio, 120 one-bedroom, 82 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units ranging from 593-2,193 square feet, according to company officials. The Legacy would also contain 3,524 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
High Lake Levels Again Place Use of Dog Beach In Question
The area experienced a record 15 years of low lake levels starting in the late 1990s. The low levels allowed the City to establish a dog beach to the north of the Church Street boat launch. But wet conditions in 2013 and 2014 brought an end to that trend, with levels rising since then.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
YWCA Grant Raises Questions About Future of City's Victim Services Program
Two aldermen have raised questions about the future of the City’s Victim Services program after a move by the City to bring in an outside agency to provide supplemental services on domestic violence cases.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Chicago Avenue Business Owners Alert City to Possible Changes
Two prominent owners  of  businesses on Chicago Avenue have given the City early notice of a plan to redevelop their properties, previewing a change of direction for the street they maintain will be ultimately be a win for their businesses as well as surrounding neighborhoods.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Mayor's State of the City Address Pinpoints Achievements, But Acknowledges Challenges Ahead
At his annual state of the City address March 8 at the Hilton Orrington, Mayor Stephen Hagerty highlighted the City’s many achievements over the past year, including expanded water sales, a renovated Fountain Square, and  a start on the long anticipated Robert Crown Community Center.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Small Business, Big Impact

The fourth annual Tour de Noir and the third annual Business Expo/Marketplace, both featuring Black-owned businesses and enterprises, will take place on March 30 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

The tour bus leaves the center at 1 p.m. and will return in time for the beginning of the business expo at 3:30 p.m.  Guest speakers at the expo are Meleika Gardner of Evanston Live TV and Carl Parker, owner of Parker and Sons Carpet Cleaning.

The cost for the tour and expo is $20; for the expo alone the cost is $8. Tour registration is at

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Robert Crown Project Debt, Harley Clarke Dominate Discussion at Mayor's Town Hall Meeting
In a two-hour session, the Mayor also touched on downtown development, greater beach access for Evanston residents and the lawsuit over possible water contamination at James Park.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Applications For Construction Classes, Focusing on Females, Minorities and Veterans

The City of Evanston has joined with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program to increase minority, female and veteran participation in the construction workforce.

Through April 4, the program will be accepting applications for future General Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training classes.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Deignan Appointed City Communications Manager
As Communications Manager, Mr. Deignan will be responsible for all City corporate communications including social media channels, City enewsletters and text messaging, print publications, the operations of the City’s public and government access video operations and will support the Mayor, City Council and City Manager in a variety of community engagement initiatives.  He will also serve as the City’s spokesperson and primary media contact.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
New Parking Rates In Effect
The cost of parking at a two-hour parking meter or pay station will increase from $1 to $1.50 per hour. Rates for long-term meters in commuter parking lots will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour, and rates in 20-minute meters will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents. In addition, payment at parking meters and pay stations will be required on Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Property Tax Appeals Workshop
Evanston properties are being re-assessed by the Cook County Assessor. Community members are invited to a Property Tax Appeal Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. There will be information about how assessments were determined and how to file an appeal with the Cook County Assessor.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2019 Food and Yard Waste Collections Begin April 1
The City of Evanston will begin weekly food and yard waste collections for the 2019 season on Monday, April 1.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Spring Bulk Trash Pickups Begin April 5
Spring 2019 bulk trash pickups will take place on Fridays, April 5 through 26, and are scheduled according to residents' normal refuse pickup day.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Evanston Property Tax Appeal Seminar
Evanston properties are being re-assessed by the Cook County Assessor. You are invited to a Property Tax Appeal Workshop to learn how your assessment was determined and to file an appeal with the Cook County Assessor.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Evanston Police Charge Chicago Man with March 8 Homicide
On March 14, Evanston police and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force charged a 38-year old Chicago man with two counts of First Degree Murder of Angel Miranda, a 33-year old Chicago man, said Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Evanston Celebrates Women in Public Office Day March 19
The City of Evanston has joined governments and elected officials across the nation in celebrating Women in Public Office Day on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Applications for Community Building Grants Due by March 29
Community Building Grants support individuals and groups who want to make their local communities better places to live and raise families.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Police Officers Share Experiences and Lessons of Leadership to Middle-School Girls
The sessions present their share of challenges, but “we all come back because we see the potential in these girls and simply hope to play a small role in their path to greatness,” Officer Daley said. “We all possess a passion for the uplifting and support of women and girls.”
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Latest Harley Clarke Ideas Focus on Revenue 'Sweet Spot'
Organizers devoted their first Harley Clarke conversation session on Jan. 24 to brainstorm future uses for the lakefront building. At the second session, Feb. 28, organizers encouraged participants to tie the ideas to uses that are financially sustainable.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Aldermen Defer Vote on Library Lot Office Building Project
City Council members stepped back Feb. 25 from a vote on an 11-story high-rise office building proposed for the City-owned lot behind the Evanston Public Library.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Evanstonian Leads Tree Assessment After Tornado Damage
When a large tornado touched down in Taylorville, Ill., about three hours southwest of Chicago, in early December, it not only injured 26 people and damaged more than 500 buildings, but also significantly damaged more than 100 trees. About 25 of those trees needed to be removed, and the rest of them required extensive care.
Wednesday, March 6, 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
Activist and Author David Hogg Speaks on Gun Violence
Mr. Hogg talked about how his generation, born after the shooting at Columbine High School, has grown up with school safety drills but still do not feel safe. Their movement has made progress in the past year, he said, but there is still much more to do.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Community Members Invited to Provide Comment on Draft 2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
The Draft 2018 CAPER discusses the City’s accomplishments during fiscal year 2018 in meeting its community development and housing goals using federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Changes to Evanston Parking Rates Take Effect March 1
Changes to street parking and surface parking lot rates in the City of Evanston will take effect on Friday, March 1 ...
Thursday, February 28, 2019

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