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December 10, 2018 

Ald. Rainey Votes on Motion Dealing with Ethics Violations Found by Board of Ethics
In an unusual turn of events, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, cast the deciding vote on a motion to accept and file a report of the City’s Board of Ethics that found that Ald. Rainey violated two provisions of the City’s Code of Ethics.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Evanston Police Seeks the Public's Help in Identifying the Offender in an Animal Cruelty Incident
When the subject went to pet the dog he produced a knife, stabbed the dob in the leg and fled.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
City Council Approves 2019 Budget
After several weeks of wrangling by elected officials, City staff and community members, the Evanston City Council passed next year’s budget with a vote of 6-3.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Ald. Fiske Proposes New Requirements on Housing for Persons with Disabilities
At the Nov. 14 meeting of the City’s Plan Commission, Meagan Jones, the City’s Neighborhood and Land Use Planner, advised members of the Commission that Alderman Judy Fiske (1st Ward) had asked that the Plan Commission consider making Residential Care Homes a “special use” in zoning districts in which they were currently permitted as a matter of right.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Youth and Young Adult Programs On Hold - for Now
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has pulled back somewhat from his October proposal to break up the Youth and Young Adult Programs team and reorganize the division.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Update on Harley Clarke Standoff
At its Dec. 10 meeting, the City Council will consider the City’s appeal of the Preservation Commission’s decision to deny the City’s request for a certificate of appropriateness to demolish the mansion, located at 2603 Sheridan Road.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
MWRD Commissioners OK Road for Private Developer
The Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago voted on Nov. 19 to grant an easement to the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways to construct at public expense what will essentially be a private road to allow a Wilmette developer to construct homes on an otherwise landlocked parcel.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Joint Meeting on TIFs
At that meeting, there will be an update on each of the City’s five active tax-increment financing, or TIF, districts: Howard and Ridge, West Evanston, Dempster-Dodge, Chicago-Main and Washington National. The Washington National TIF is set to retire this year.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Homes Shake Near Construction Site of Pumping Station
The homes of a number of people residing near the construction site of the new pumping station at 2525 Church St. shook when a large backhoe raised and lowered its shovel to break up concrete pipe on Oct. 31. Several homeowners told the RoundTable that their homes vibrated and shook so much that cracks appeared in portions of the ceilings and walls.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Police Investigate Home Invasion
The victim, an 82 year old female resident, told police that she answered a knock at the front door when she was confronted by a man who claimed there was a sewer issue next door and demanded entry to look at and repair her system. ...  
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Illinois AG Lisa Madigan Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Whitaker's Appointment as US Acting AG
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 14 other attorneys general, today challenged the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General of the United States.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Firefighters Battle Early Morning Blaze in the 1100 Block of South Blvd
At 6:49 a.m., Monday, November 26, Evanston fire companies responded to the 1100 Block of South Blvd. following the report of a structure fire in a single-family residence.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Evanston Police Release Identity of Homicide Victim
The victim has been identified as Tanuel Major, 49. She  was homeless at the time of her death, but she frequented Evanston. She was not affiliated with Northwestern University.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Statement of the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association/Canal Shores
"On November 15, the MWRD Board voted 5-4 to approve the request for an easement on the 10th hole of Canal Shores Golf Course that will pave the way for construction of a 426-foot-long road for the benefit of a politically-connected landowner."
Friday, November 16, 2018
Shore Sends Letter About MWRD Vote
“I am disappointed with the outcome — as, I suspect, you are too."
Friday, November 16, 2018
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin's Statement Concerning Canal Shores Golf Course Hole No. 10
“I have refrained from commenting on the Canal Shores Hole 10 issue until the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (“MWRD”) has officially voted. Now that the MWRD has voted to allow an easement on their land, I want to clarify some issues...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Evanston Police Gun Buyback
 Evanston Police will partner with Moms Demand Action of Evanston to give citizens an opportunity to turn in their guns for cash in a buy-back event scheduled for 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Holiday String Light Recycling
The City of Evanston’s annual holiday light recycling program will be held from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. This year’s donations will be recycled in conjunction with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and Elgin Recycling.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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
City Council Slouches Toward a Balanced Budget
Spoiler alert: The news is good regarding Fire Station 4 and Mental Health Board funding, but less positive for the Health Department and the Youth and Young Adult Programs team
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Monday Night Notes: Highlights From the Nov. 12 City Council Meeting
Joey Rodger, who leads the Evanston Friends Meeting, told the Council, “We have put you all in an impossible situation. Keeping everyone happy isn’t possible. Thank you for the time you spend on the budget. Thank you for listening to people’s concerns.”
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Updates on the City's Efforts In Affordable Housing
Housing in Evanston took a back seat to budget discussions at the Oct. 29 City Council meeting, but there was some time for Council members to hear an update on the City’s Affordable Housing Work Plan, refer to the Plan Commission for analysis and discussion of the matter of public benefits from planned developments and approve an ordinance setting affordability levels for home ownership. Aldermen deferred discussion of proposed downtown zoning regulations, but no date was set for that discussion.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Report Offers Suggestions, Praise for EPD Operations
The report stated that EPD was overall a well-managed agency staffed by command and supervisory personnel with “a goal and a desire to see that delivery of services met expectations,” said Hillard Heintze Chief Legal Officer Debra Kirby in a summary of the findings at the meeting.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
It's On! Evanston Police Answer Lincolnwood's Lip Sync Challenge
Community members joined officers in the newly renovated Fountain Square for “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Martha Logan Announces Retirement
She began her journalistic career with a local newspaper and, for the past 29 years, has worked for the City of Evanston.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Free Parking is Back, With a Twist
 Under this year’s program, the City will provide “validation codes for the ParkEvanston app or validated tickets…to merchants who would then give them to customers who make a purchase in their store,” according to the City memo describing the program.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
James Park Litigation Near $2.8 Million So Far This Year
According to the City, it has spent just under $2.8 million in legal fees and expenses in the first nine months of 2018 on the James Park environmental litigation. The total fees and expenses spent on the matter thus far exceed $6.2 million.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Downtown Evanston Gearing Up for Small Business Saturday
With the “We Love Evanston” Shopping Passport, shoppers who  spend $100 or more at participating businesses will receive a gif
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Bells of Peace and Remembrance of War
The 45-minute Veterans Day service in Evanston began at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, timed to coincide with the armistice, signed in France and announced to much of the world on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after the 11th hour in 1918.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Driving Hazards ~ preparing for snow
“Oh the weather outside is frightfull ... man it doesn’t show signs of stoppin’,” the song goes, and sure enough the Chicago area got its first taste of winter with a dusting of snow on Nov. 9.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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