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November 22, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Custodian Finds Gun on Roycemore School Grounds
On November 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Evanston Police responded to Roycemore School located in the 1200 block of Davis St. for an incident of a gun found on school grounds.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Ethics Board Finds No Violations in Ald. Simmons Matter
After going through a bumpy procedural process, on Oct. 24 the City’s Board of Ethics held a hearing and reached a decision on Misty Witenberg’s 177-page complaint alleging that Ald. Robin Rue Simmons committed ethics violations. Ms. Witenberg is one of five people who ran for Fifth Ward Alderman in the April 2017 election.
Wednesday, October 31, 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
Is the 2019 Budget Equitable? 'Yes' and 'No' Says Equity Officer
The budget is both equitable and not equitable, Dr. Efiom said, but the twofold bottom line is that there is not sufficient data to know and the City has no definition of equity.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Board Finds Alderman Rainey Violated Ethics Code
On Oct. 25, the City’s Board of Ethics held a hearing on a complaint filed by Mary (Lori) Keenan and Clare Kelly that alleged that Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, engaged in various conduct that violated the City’s Code of Ethics. The Board took jurisdiction over five claims.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Pushback Over Proposed City Budget Cuts
The tension in the air over drastic budget cuts proposed by the City Manager appeared to mount, as residents and later, aldermen, gave voice to their fears and beliefs about the future of the City at the Oct. 22 City Council meeting.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tug of War Over Youth and Young Adult Program Changes
Several residents questioned the motivation behind breaking up the division (See story by Larry Gavin on this website.) Paul Barker said, “The attitude seems to be, ‘If it ain’t broke, let’s break it.’”
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Economic Development Committee Hears Special Service Area Requests
The City’s Economic Development Committee advanced three items concerning Special Service Areas (SSAs) to City Council at its Oct. 24 meeting; representatives from two of those SSAs presented their annual reports and discussed their 2019 budgets as well.
Wednesday, October 31, 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
Proposed Road Threatens Canal Shores Golf Course
The Keefe family is once again looking for public land for private use.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Schakowsky statement on the ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after President Trump ousted his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker a day after the midterm election ...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
OPAL Says Budget Cuts Target Most Vulnerable Residents
Citing proposed cuts in the City’s Health & Human Services Department (HHS), the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, and the Mental Health Board, members of Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) said on Oct. 18 they are concerned that City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s draft budget for 2019 will impact vulnerable Evanston residents the most.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Council Extends City Manager's Contract
Wally Bobkiewicz, who has served as Evanston’s City Manager since 2009, received the green light for another year from City Council last week. 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Referendum on the Harley Clarke Mansion
The second referendum question on the ballot is advisory only. That is, the results will express the opinion of voters but not mandate any action on the City’s part.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018



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