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October 22, 2018 

OPAL Says Proposed City Budget Cuts Will Impact Vulnerable Residents the Most
Members of the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) said they are concerned that City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s draft budget for 2019 will impact vulnerable Evanston residents the most.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Delay in Request to Build a Road Through Tenth Hole of Golf Course
The Board of Commissioners has just received word that Item #47 (File #18-1090) – the item concerning Cook County’s request for an easement on District-owned land along the North Shore Channel in Wilmette – is being deleted from the Board agenda and will not be the subject of action at tomorrow’s meeting.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
City Manager's Proposed Budget Slices Something From Nearly Everyone
Nearly every aspect of an Evanstonian’s quality of life will be diminished.  Funding for the City’s Mental Health Board, Youth and Young Adult Services, victim services, cultural arts and public health education will be curtailed or eliminated. Residents who wish to drive or park in Evanston will likely have to pay more, possibly making Evanston’s business districts less attractive. Residents who use Uber or Lyft to get around and those who rent their homes on a short-term basis may find they are paying higher fees.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Reaction to City Manager's Proposed Budget
The most unpopular proposals, judging only from comments at the recent City Council meeting and formal and informal conversations with residents, are those to close one fire station, to  split the Youth and Young Adult Division (see separate stories), to eliminate cultural arts funding and to discontinue operations at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Ethics Board Finds Jurisdiction Over Two Complaints Against Alderman Rainey
On Oct. 16, the City’s Board of Ethics unanimously held that it had jurisdiction to hear two complaints alleging that Eighth Ward Alderman Ann Rainey violated provisions of Evanston’s Ethics Code. The Board did not hear evidence on either complaint and did not make any ruling on the merits.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
'Cascading' Impact of Closing a Fire Station
Not only is Station 4 Evanston’s smallest station, it is the only one serving the southwest side of the City.

Wednesday, October 17, 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
Flag Now Flies Over Fountain Square
Unfolding the American flag from its military triangles, Commander Brian Beatty of Technical Sergeant Snell Post 42 fastened it to the pole’s rope and hoisted it to the top of the flagpole on Oct. 13. This was the inaugural flag-raising in Evanston’s redesigned Veterans Plaza and Fountain Square.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Harley Clarke Update: No Access For Advocates, State Park a Possibility
Aldermen at the Oct. 8 City Council meeting approved one motion and rejected another made by their colleague Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle to allow certain parties access to the Harley Clarke mansion, 2603 Sheridan Road, in anticipation of next week’s Preservation Commission meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Flurry of Changes in Snow Routes, Snow Emergency
City Council on Oct. 8 adopted changes that will affect winter parking if there is an accumulation of 4 inches of snow. The changes involve the definition of a “snow emergency” and some modifications in the City’s snow routes – those streets that form the main arteries of commercial and residential traffic.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Many Easy Items On The Oct. 8 Agenda
With a $7.4 million deficit on their minds, aldermen at the Oct. 8 City Council meeting sailed through several agenda items without significant disagreement, questioning more for wanting clarification, it seemed, than for edging toward disapproval.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Council to Discuss Proposed Changes to Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
City Council members on Oct. 8 heard proposed changes to the City’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which were crafted by the Inclusionary Housing Subcommittee.
Wednesday, October 17, 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
Proposed Road Threatens Canal Shores Golf Course
The Keefe family is once again looking for public land for private use.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Street Light Master Plan Project Meeting
The City of Evanston will host a public meeting to discuss the Street Light Master Plan project at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, October 17, 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
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
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.

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

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