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December 16, 2018 




Council Opts Not to Accept City's Appeal of Preservation Commission Decision
The Harley Clarke seesaw has become a merry-go-round.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Council Approves Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050
After its preview to residents earlier this fall, the City’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) came before the City’s Human Services Committee on Dec. 3 and the full City Council on Dec. 10.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Police Chief Richard Eddington's Rear-View Mirror
After 44 years in law enforcement, the last 11 as Chief of the Evanston Police Department, Richard Eddington is retiring.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Demitrous Cook Appointed Evanston Police Chief
At a press conference held on Dec. 11, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced the appointment of Demitrous Cook as Evanston police chief. At a press conference held on Dec. 11, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced the appointment of Demitrous Cook as Evanston police chief.Now heading the Glenwood Police Department, Chief Cook previously served 26 years at the Evanston Police Department, including six years as Deputy Chief of Police.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
In Deference to New Police Chief, Committee Holds Recommendations for Oversight Board
After 18 months of research and discussion, the Mayoral-appointed Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee (CPCAC) gave their final report and recommendations to the City’s Human Services Committee on Dec. 3.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
City Likely to Sell Recycling Center
The new use of the City’s recycling center could have people climbing the walls. On Dec. 10, aldermen voted to introduce for discussion an ordinance  that would authorize the City Manager to negotiate the sale of the former recycling center, 2222 Oakton St., to Clark Street Real Estate LLC. Clark Real Estate has proposed a selling price of $1 million.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
James Park Environmental Litigation Fees Near $6.5 Million
To date, the City has incurred just under $6.5 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses in connection with the James Park litigation. In this year alone, it has incurred attorneys’ fees and expenses in the amount of almost $3.7 million.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Ald. Rainey Casts Vote in Her Own Ethics Case
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.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Six-Month Reprieve for Library Lot Development
City Council has given Chicago Avenue Partners, the company that would like to purchase and develop 1714-20 Chicago Ave. – the Library parking lot – another six months to come up with an acceptable proposal for a building there.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
City Renews Insurance Policies
At the Dec. 10 City Council meeting, aldermen approved the purchase of Property, Excess Liability & Excess Worker’s Compensation insurance policies at a cost of $556,524 for supplemental coverage of any losses it incurs in 2019
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
City Announces Winter Composting Options
The City of Evanston’s Food and Yard Waste Collection Services end for the season on Dec. 13, but residents may sign up for a winter composting program offered by Collective Resource, Inc. (CRI), the City’s exclusive food waste hauler. CRI will provide door-to-door food scrap collection to any residential property in Evanston for a one-time payment.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Evanston Police Investigate Hit and Run
On December 11, 2018, Evanston Police are investigating a hit and run crash that took place at 6:47 a.m. in the 100 block of Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, December 11, 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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
Schakowsky Statement on announced North America Trade Deal
“For more than 20 years, NAFTA has benefitted corporations and the ultra-wealthy in the United States, but has cost jobs, made middle-class American families poorer, and hollowed out large segments of a once vibrant Midwest economy. ...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018



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