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home : city news : city news April 16, 2014 

RFQ re Animal Shelter
The City of Evanston has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an Animal Volunteer Organization to partner with the City on the operation of the Evanston Animal Shelter.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Senate Passes Biss' Retirement Savings Plan
State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) secured Senate passage today of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act, an innovative solution to the private sector retirement security crisis.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Youth Employment Program at ETHS on April 19
The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program will host a job fair on April 19 at ETHS. Local employers are encouraged to support the program.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Mayor's Statement Regarding the Animal Shelter
The City of Evanston’s commitment to the Evanston Animal Shelter continues. The City will now begin a process in the next month to identify a new partner to help operate the shelter.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
City Council Votes to Cut Ties with C.A.R.E.
A process that began some 15 months ago culminated in a 4-2 City Council vote on April 8 to oust C.A.R.E. from the Evanston Animal Shelter as of May 9, 2014. The decision came after a splinter group of C.A.R.E. volunteers, along with the City’s Chief animal warden and Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, openly questioned the organization’s dog evaluation process.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
New Water Reservoir Study Approved
City Council approved funding of a reservoir and clearwell planning study Tuesday night, April 8. The study will aggregate the two or three similar studies that have preceded it while it analyzes options for the repair or replacement of the City’s existing water tank and “clearwell” water-storage facilities.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Opposing Ordinances for Hyatt Elm
The extended-stay hotel, reportedly flying a "Hyatt House" flag, will proceed for final vote without a requirement that the developer save an elm tree that sits in what is to be the project’s parking lot.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Dispute Over Who Is Township Supervisor in Township's Waning Days
While the voters decided by a wide margin to dissolve Evanston Township in a referendum held on March 18, a small group of “electors” (i.e., voting residents of the Township) attempted to wrest control of the Township in its waning days.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Peckish Pig Adds to Howard Street's Rejuvenation
The ribbon-cutting on April 3 officially opened Peckish Pig, 623 Howard St. Peckish Pig serves an eclectic mix of internationally-inspired cuisine along with handcrafted brews and cocktails in a rustic space.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Sketchbook Brewing Company to Open First 'Community Supported Brewery'
Sketchbook Brewing Company, Evanston’s first nanobrewery, will soon be brewing behind the orange door off the alley behind 825 Chicago Ave. Sketchbook is the brainchild of two award-winning, hometown, home-brew heroes, Shawn Decker and Cesar Marron.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Real Estate Companies Merge With Berkshire Hathaway
Last week Koenig & Strey and Prudential Rubloff became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, celebrating the merger with a ribbon-cutting at their offices at 2110 Central St.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ribbon-Cutting at Orangetheory
Last week, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, City staff and the Central Street Business Association celebrated the opening of Orangetheory Fitness, 2800 Central St.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Lupita's Celebrates 25 Years
Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, a fixture of the Main/Chicago shopping area for more than a decade, is celebrating 25 years in Evanston. The family-run restaurant began on Benson Avenue and moved to is location at Main Street and Custer Avenue about 15 years ago, said Rene Hernandez, son of Lupita Carson, whose magic touch in the kitchen has kept loyal customers happy for years.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Three Men Shot on Howard Street, One Dead
One man, a 36-year old resident of Chicago, was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 8:26 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Three Hit-and-Run Accidents on Sunday
A bicyclist’s injuries were considered life threatening at the time and he was initially listed in critical condition.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Penny Park Slated for New Water Tank
In a surprise move, the City Water Department, as part of an update on efforts to sell water, today (April 1) proposed Penny Park as the site of a reconstructed water reservoir. Penny replaces Leahy Park, on the northwest side of Evanston, for geographic and engineering reasons. April Fool
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Bird Feeder Licenses Flap Out of Committee
A year-long effort spearheaded by both avian advocates and City Staff emerged from Committee Monday night, April 1, that would make requisite a license and regular inspection to erect and maintain a backyard birdfeeder and now heads to the full Council.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Harley Clarke Mansion to Become Mini 'Food Court'
The controversy surrounding the fate of the Harley Clarke mansion, the historic former fraternity headquarters located right off of Lighthouse Beach in north Evanston, adjacent to the Northwestern campus, took a surprising sudden turn Monday night, April 1, when the City voted to allow a food service conglomerate to swoop in and take over the deteriorating structure.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014
City to Address Sign Ordinance


Next Tuesday, April 1, the City will finalize its contract with the F.A. Parsewell Company of Pyle, Ill., to create wayfaring, parking and other City signs throughout Evanston. “We’ve had so many problems with people reading our signs that we just decided to outsource the whole thing,” said Corporation Counsel Grafton Grant.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Request for Third Water Tank Study Held in Committee
The City has known for a while that repairs are needed on the City’s main water reservoir, located beneath a Northwestern parking lot just south of the water treatment plant.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Proposed Youth Center on Church Receives Warm Welcome at Neighborhood Meeting
Residents and neighbors of the Fifth Ward who attended Alderman Delores Holmes’s monthly ward meeting heard a presentation from representatives of Taiwani Enterprises Inc. and Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) about Y.O.U.’s potential relocation to 1911-17 Church St
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Parking an Issue As Main/Chicago Project Held in Committee
The proposed nine-story mixed-use development planned for the long vacant southeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Main Street was stalled at the Planning and Development Committee, as members voted to hold the matter for debate and consideration.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Validity of Township Meeting Questioned
At a special Township meeting called by the “electors” of Evanston Township on March 25, the electors – about 15 to 20 residents of Evanston Township – elected Betty Ester as Township Supervisor.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Statement on dissolution of Evanston Township
Pending certification of the election by the Cook County Clerk Evanston Township will dissolve, but the commitment to serving our residents in need will continue with the City of Evanston.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Little Beans Café Breezes Through Council
The long-vacant former Osco Drugs building at the corner of Oakton Street and Asbury Avenue will soon have a new occupant. Little Beans Café, a combination coffee shop and kids’ play area, received unanimous and quick approval on March 24 from a City Council willing to suspend the rules requiring the reading of an ordinance at two Council meetings in order to speed up the process as much as possible.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Evanston Recognized for National Excellence in Sustainability
A year-long process of tracking and measuring Evanston’s sustainability efforts has culminated in national recognition for Evanston as a 4-STAR Community.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Council Bytes: Highlights From the March 24 City Council Meeting
The thaw that has yet to really begin outside contributes somewhat to a feeling of jogging in place inside Council chambers after another meeting that pushed major decisions into the future while keeping an eye on summer activities. There was some good news looking back, however, as the City collected more money than expected in 2013.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WOW Yourself with Improving Health this Spring
The Evanston Health Department’s Women Out Walking (WOW) program is accepting registrations for the spring 2014 12-week walking program.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Evanston Earns 4-STAR Certification as National Sustainable Community
Evanston is the second city in the nation to be awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national excellence in sustainability.

Friday, March 7, 2014
Election Recap
Unofficial results from County Clerk David Orr’s office show that the vote was 64%-36% in favor of abolishing the township government of Evanston Township. The turnout was 19.67% of registered voters Of 7,518 ballots cast, 4,979, or 63.53% were “yes” and 2,858 or 36.47% were “no.”
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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