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August 15, 2018 




Evanston CommUNITY Picnic Set for August 26
Community members of all ages are invited to the City of Evanston’s 2018 CommUNITY Picnic for a final celebration before children go back to school.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Evanston Moves to Dismiss Skokie's Federal Lawsuit
On Aug. 14, the City of Evanston, its Mayor and aldermen moved to dismiss the complaint filed in federal court against them by the Village of Skokie and several of its residents.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Good Morning, Evanston

It’s Aug. 15, the 227th day of the year; 138 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 81 at the Chicago shore, 75 at the Chicago crib and 76 at the Wilmette buoy.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Good Morning, Evanston
It’s Aug. 14, the 226th day of the year; 139 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 80 at the Chicago shore, 77 at the Chicago crib and 76 at the Wilmette buoy.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
County Describes Plans for New Residence
Jane Perlman is getting a sister. The nine-story, 100-unit building at 1900 Sherman Ave. operated by the Housing Authority of Cook County that provides housing for senior citizens and vulnerable residents of Cook County, may soon have an 11-story companion built on the parking lot and vacant space on the south edge of the property, along Emerson Street.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
African Roots Run Deep
African roots run deep in Evanston’s Fifth Ward, the historic center of Black commercial and cultural life.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Progress on and Plans for Affordable Housing Here
City Council members on July 30 received an update on the progress of the City’s long-term plans for preserving and possibly creating affordable housing. In the short term, aldermen delayed one grant and approved another.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Still Working on the 2019 Budget: Program and Service Cuts and Increases in Fees Likely
The City is promising rigorous scrutiny of its programs and services and extensive outreach to the community as staff members continue to work on the 2019 City budget. Residents can expect a combination of reduced services and increased taxes or fees, or both.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Police and NAACP Affirm Shared Principles
In an attempt to address the mistrust of police by people living in minority communities, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has affirmed their Shared Principles.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Again Delays Vote on Lincoln Street Beach MOU
The beach was created by sand accretion over the years because of Northwestern’s lakefront construction projects, and the University has deemed it an exclusively Northwestern beach. When it was reopened in 2015, it was called “Lincoln Street Beach,” and the City touted it as one of its six public beaches.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Approves Expansion Of Body-Worn Cameras
City Council members on July 23 approved an expansion of two issues of equipment for Evanston police officers: body-worn cameras and conductive electric weapons – sometimes called Tasers.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
A Modest Tweak to Citizen Comment
Residents who wish to speak during the Citizen Comment period of a City Council meeting always had to sign up before the meeting. Now they can also indicate if they wish to cede their time to another speaker. Unless Council members agree at the meeting, the public comment period lasts only 45 minutes.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Denies Review of House on Edgemere Court
Adam Sabow and Sue Lee’s dream house on Lake Michigan may be a few months or more from groundbreaking. Design and procedure matters account for the delay.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Robert Crown Construction to Begin
Over the next two years, the City of Evanston will be constructing a new Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library at Robert Crown Park, located at the intersection of Main Street and Dodge Avenue. The project will include a new 130,000-square-foot building, including two NHL-sized ice rinks, a 6,000-square-foot branch library, gymnasium, preschool and multipurpose rooms, as well as three artificial turf athletic fields and a surface parking lot.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Approves Arc-Flash Program
An arc-flash is light and heat produced by electrical explosion or discharge. A memo from City Engineer and Capital Planning Bureau Chief Lara Biggs and Project Manager Anil Khatkhate said the required safety measures around electrical systems include arc flash studies, infrared thermographic scanning, proper labeling and training for employees.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Reminder to be Cautious About Solicitations from Electricity Suppliers
Residents are reminded to be cautious of door-to-door and phone solicitations from electricity suppliers claiming to represent the City of Evanston, the City’s electricity supplier, or ComEd.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Federal Court Upholds County's Ban on Assault Weapons
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hailed a U.S. District Court ruling upholding the County’s ordinance banning specific types of assault weapons.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
'Jalisco en Evanston' on August 30
Celebrate a prelude to Hispanic Heritage Month at the 7th annual "Jalisco en Evanston" on Thursday, August 30, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the main auditorium at Evanston Township High School (ETHS), 1600 Dodge Ave.
Friday, August 3, 2018
City to Pursue Demolition of Clarke Mansion
By a 5-3 vote, aldermen decided to demolish the Harley Clarke mansion.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Council Approves Graduated Increase in Real Estate Transfer Tax, Subject to Referendum
After three votes and a flip-flop shortly after 12 a.m. on July 24, City Council settled on a plan to approve a graduated increase in the real estate transfer tax. To take effect, the increase must be approved by voters in a referendum.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lincoln Street Beach Open, But City Says Ownership Still Uncertain
The beach at the end of Lincoln Street is now officially open to Evanston residents who have beach tokens or who pay the daily fee. Does the new name suggest recognition of ownership?


Wednesday, July 25, 2018
City to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Social Services; Cutbacks Remain an Option
As part of the City’s budgeting process for 2019, the City evaluated 152 programs that it provides using five measures.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Council to Scrutinize Vacation Rentals
City Council on July 23 approved licenses for vacation rentals at 2001 Orrington Ave. and 615 Central St. At the July 9 City Council meeting, aldermen held up approving licensing for the Orrington Avenue property until the owners could meet with neighbors to resolve concerns.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Fifth Ward Renovations Move Forward
Plans to improve two Fifth Ward locations in the vicinity of the Church Street and Dodge Avenue intersection received a unanimous go-ahead from the City’s Design and Project Review Committee on July 11.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Preservation Commission Takes Next Steps to Designate Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus Building a Landmark
Though the vote was unanimous, there was discussion not only of the building’s historic significance, but also the challenge of maintaining it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
West End Residents Continue to Challenge Water Pumping Station
A group of residents who live adjacent to the proposed water pumping station at 2525 Church Street are continuing to challenge the legality of the proceedings and City Council’s resolution that approved zoning for the project.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lincolnwood Approves Water Agreement with Evanston
On July 23, the Village of Lincolnwood approved a potable water supply agreement with the City of Evanston. The agreement includes an initial term of 39 years and may be extended by additional 10 year terms
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Protest Rally Against H.O.W. Project
Evanston residents and others demonstrated on July 16 against a housing project for women and their children to be located in an area protestors call the “West End Majority Minority residential neighborhood.”
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A Foot Pursuit and Physical Struggle Leads to a Gun Arrest
Just before midnight on July 13, Evanston Police Officers were on patrol in the area of Dodge Avenue  and Foster Street. Officers were patrolling the area due to recent disturbances when they observed a large group, and they became concerned that another disturbance might take place.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Kimberly Richardson New Deputy City Manager
In her new role, Ms. Richardson will manage operations in the City Manager's Office, including City Council communications, volunteer and community ambassador programs, administrative adjudication services, and the City's sustainability, cultural arts, and equity and empowerment initiatives.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018



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