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August 18, 2019 



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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Statement from Mayor Stephen Hagerty on Resignation of City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz
For now, please join me in thanking Wally for his 10 years of dedicated service to our community, and wishing him and his family the very best in Issaquah.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wally Bobkiewicz, Second-Longest-Serving City Manager in Evanston History, Tenders Resignation to Become City Administrator of Issaquah, Wash.
Mr. Bobkiewicz was the second-longest-serving City Manager in Evanston since the City adopted the Council-Manager form of government in November of 1952. Ed Martin, who served from 1971 to 1982, was the longest.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Bobkiewicz to Be Administrator of City in Washington
Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has been officially confirmed as the new City Administrator of Issaquah, Wash.
Monday, August 12, 2019
City Manager Leading Candidate for Washington City's Next Administrator
The Issaquah mayor said she came back with eight pages of notes, highlighting “initiatives and projects and approaches that I heard the Evanston team had taken, managing growth and redevelopment that absolutely fascinated me.”
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Mayor Calls For Outside Investigation Of Release Of Confidential Materials
Updated Aug. 8: Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty has turned to an outside agency to conduct an investigation into how sensitive materials from a July 8 executive session got released to the public, charging the action could seriously undermine the public’s trust in City government.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Evanston to be Ready 'Out of the Gate' When Recreational Marijuana Law Takes Effect
With a medical marijuana dispensary already in place in the city, Evanston has a leg up over other communities when sales for recreational use begin Jan. 1 of next year, officials said this week.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Aldermen Back Special Tax Status to Ease Move by Hewn
Evanston City Council members approved a resolution Aug. 5 backing special tax-reduction status for Hewn Bakery in the business’s move to a new site, after receiving assurances that the bakery would give preference to hiring local residents.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Lake Levels Rising, Beaches Disappearing
“Illinois’ shoreline is dynamic. It changes all the time. Three years ago we were told the lake was at the lowest point it had ever been, and it was only going to get lower and lower because of the evaporation. And that has proved not true. It proves how dynamic it is.”
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Beacon Academy Withdraws from Robert Crown Community Center
Beacon Academy and the City of Evanston have not been able to reach an agreement on Beacon’s place in and contribution to the new Robert Crown Center, according to information from Friends of the Robert Crown Center. As a result, Beacon Academy has withdrawn from participation in the Center.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Vigil Held for Hakeem Brothers on Sixth Anniversary of Murders
On July 30, the Hakeem family held a vigil on the sidewalk at 930 Davis St., six years to the day after the murder of brothers Azim Hakeem, 38, and Mobeen Hakeem, 34. Their sister, Farheen Hakeem, and their mother, Mahjabeen Hakeem, lit candles and talked to television news crews and the RoundTable. They expressed disappointment with the Evanston Police Department’s investigation.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019
City's First Air Quality Study Flowing Smoothly
The City’s first air quality study is proceeding smoothly, with officials on target to deliver their first results at an Aug. 29 meeting. The City has contracted with RHP Management in the six-month study to determine what pollutants, if any, are coming from a waste transfer station site operated by Advanced Disposal at 1711 Church St.
Friday, August 9, 2019
Church Pastor and Others Searching for New Uses for Vacant Lot
The Reverend. Clifford Wilson, pastor of Mount Pisgah Ministry, has for years been eyeing the vacant lot just west of his storefront church at 1805 Church St. But it was not until recently that the church saw an opportunity to move forward with the 17,000 square-foot lot, formerly the site of a gas station.
Friday, August 9, 2019
Wolf Reflects on Storied ACLU Career
“We’re proud of the fights we’ve won—and even the fights we’ve lost,” said Mr. Wolf.
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Monday, August 12, 2019
Coworking Possibilities Grow in Evanston
Coworking, the practice of sharing a workspace with others who are working on different endeavors for different companies or for themselves, is becoming more common across America.
Sunday, August 11, 2019
NorthShore University HealthSystem Ranks No. 3 in Chicago and State
NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has been ranked as the No. 3 hospital in both the Chicago metro area and the state of Illinois in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Best Hospitals survey.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Evanston Police Department's 50th Citizen Police Academy Class
The Evanston Police Department Citizen Police Academy program was started in 1994 which makes this our 25th year. The upcoming fall session is our 50th Class.
Friday, July 26, 2019
City Council Tables Censure of City Clerk
Evanston City Council members and supporters of Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid are at deep odds after a near public censure of the Clerk for alleged violations of the City’s healthy work environment policy.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Starlight Movies in the Park Begin July 27
Eight Movies Featured at Evanston Locations Through August 24
Friday, July 19, 2019
Back-to-Back Meetings Get Reparations Proposal Rolling
In her closing remarks, Ald. Rue Simmons noted that U.S. Census data confirms that black residents made up 22+% of the Evanston population in 2000 while today it is 17%
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Local Hiring Falling Short at New Crown Center
"I'm just trying to push everyone here for us to do better. I mean we have a real opportunity to get folks working; we’re spending so much money."
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Aldermen Show Interest in Design Group Help for Library Lot
Evanston City Council members showed interest in a local design group’s offer on July 8 to utilize its expertise in exploring solutions for the development of the City-owned library lot.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Surf's Up! Lincoln Street Beach to Continue as Full City Beach Through End of Summer
The beach will continue to operate as it has operated this summer, at least through Labor Day when all City beaches’ access to the water closes.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Library Board Meeting Focuses on ABCD
Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) absorbed the attention of the two dozen people who attended the July 17 Library Board of Trustees meeting at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Proposal to Open Up Areas for Office Buildings Fails
A proposal to amend the City’s zoning ordinance to allow more office buildings in residential areas bracketing downtown failed to get out of the Planning and Development Committee at its July 22 meeting.
Wednesday, July 24, 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
Mayor Calls for Outside Investigation of Release of Confidential Materials
Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty has turned to an outside agency to conduct an investigation into how sensitive materials from a July 8 executive session got released into the public, charging the action could seriously undermine the public’s trust in City government.
Friday, August 2, 2019
Rockford Man Charged with Weapons Offenses
A search of the man and the satchel he was carrying revealed that he was in possession of a Rock Island Armory M1911 A1 - MS 45 caliber handgun, said the Commander.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Provide Feedback in Community Needs Assessment Survey
The goal of the survey is to gather feedback from residents regarding Evanston’s housing and community development needs, particularly for low- and moderate- income residents
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Bobkiewicz in Running for Issaquah, Wash., Job
Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is in the running for the top city administrator job in Issaquah, Wash., (pop. 30,440), according to information that town has posted on its official website.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
City's Washington National TIF Closes
After financing multiple major downtown redevelopment projects and creating substantial growth in property values over 23 years, the City of Evanston has announced the dissolution of the Washington National Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, effective last Dec. 31.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019



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