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Property Taxes Due March 1
Property taxes are paid in two installments. The first installment bill is fifty-five percent (55%) of the total property tax bill for the previous year.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
City of Evanston IT Service Outage Planned for Evening of Feb. 5
The City of Evanston’s Information Technology Division has scheduled a network maintenance period this Friday, Feb. 5, beginning at 9:30 p.m., and lasting for a minimum of 30 minutes up to a maximum of four hours.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
What on Earth is Going on in Springfield??
We're now in month 8 of the fiscal year, and there's still no budget in sight. The human consequences are dire and getting worse by the day, and our fiscal situation is deteriorating apace.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Man Shot on Dobson Street
The victim, a 33 year old male, was reportedly sitting in a car when a male black suspect wearing a black hoodie and black pants ran up to the car, fired several shots, and fled on foot.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
How to Support Flint Water Fund
In the wake of the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is encouraging all community members, organizations and businesses to contribute to the United Way of Genesee County's (UWGC) Flint Water Fund.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
City's Handling of FOIA Requests
The City of Evanston today announced a new online portal that streamlines Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the first of its kind in Illinois.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
City Expands Channel 16 Programming
The City of Evanston's Channel 16 has announced a brand new programming schedule featuring a wide variety of educational and informational viewing for all ages.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Navigating Real Life Diversity
Here's the schedule for the Spring Sessions of Navigating Real Life Diversity Becoming Allies: Inspiring our kids to understand and stand with each other.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Young Man Killed on Darrow
About 40 neighbors met at Curt's Café South on Dempster Street to express concerns and learn more about the shooting of Be’jami’n Mandujano-Bradford. The meeting was organized by Alderman Peter Braithwaite.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
City Staff 'Settles' Waste Transfer Dispute Without Consulting Council
A long simmering dispute over the waste transfer station on Church Street appeared close to settlement on Jan. 25. But, when the matter came before the Administration and Public Works Committee, it became apparent that no one on City Council knew anything about the proposed settlement before Friday’s packet release at the earliest. The Committee voted to hold the matter until residents and the Second and Fifth ward aldermen had an opportunity to review and provide input into the negotiated terms.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
City Staff Propose Ordinances Dealing With Nuisance Properties, Licensing Rental Buildings
Two months ago, City officials unveiled a list of ­­­11 properties they said were associated with criminal activities or constituted a public nuisance.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Robert Crown Fundraising To Begin in Earnest
For Years Evanston has been flirting with the idea of launching a full blown fundraising campaign to build a new Robert Crown Center. The flirtation turned the corner and entered a certain realm of reality on Jan. 19, when City Council agreed to proceed with the recommendations submitted by the City’s fundraising consultant, Chicago-based Community Counceling Services Co. (CCS).
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Commission Recommends 831 Emerson St. Project
On Jan. 11, the City’s Plan Commission concluded the public hearing on the multi-level apartment building proposed for 831 Emerson St., and it unanimously decided to recommend that City Council approve the project, subject to 11 conditions. Approximately 30 residents attended the hearing, 16 of whom voiced opposition to the project.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
More Tasers Coming to the EPD
City Council approved the purchase of 30 new Taser devices for use in the field, complete with high definition cameras designed to record each and every use of the devices, at its Jan. 25 meetig. The Tasers will be paid for out of funds seized by the police in narcotics arrests
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Proposed Northwestern Baseball Scoreboard Brings Out Wilmette Residents
Northwestern University is seeking approval of a new scoreboard in right field of its new baseball stadium on the far northern edge of Evanston at Isabella Street and Ashland Avenue. After approval at the Zoning Board of Appeals level, the application landed at the City’s Planning and Development Committee on Jan. , where it met with vocal protest from Wilmette neighbors along the Isabella corridor.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Highlights from the Jan. 25 City Council Meeting
City Council continue to step gingerly into 2016, short-staffed and short an alderman. Business continues apace, and yet is seems as if the bigger decisions loom as staff limbo and state budget limbo continue. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is out on paternity leave. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl read a report from Mr. Bobkiewicz, saying, “We are doing great. Baby Wally is sleeping well.” Mr. Bobkiewicz is expected to return in February.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Eleanor Revelle Appointed Seventh Ward Alderman
While praising the many terrific candidates, Mayor Tisdahl announced that she has appointed Eleanor Revelle as the City's new Seventh Ward Alderman.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Biss: Only a Budget Can Stop Unraveling of Illinois' Social Safety Net
Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement in response to news that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is embarking on mass program closures and layoffs as a result of the state budget impasse.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Fly Dumping Discussion Leads to Call to Increase Trash Fees
City staff suggested Council consider alternatives including raising an additional $750,000 per year in revenues by increasing special pick-up fees.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Sen. Biss Calls on Governor to Renegotiate State's Interest-swap Deals
Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) today called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to seek to renegotiate lucrative interest-rate swap deals that send $6 million in taxpayer money to big banks every month.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Young Evanston Man Shot to Death
Last night, Jan. 19, at  approximately 9:06 p.m., Evanston Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue and located a 20 year old male shot in the head and torso.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Human Relations Commission and First Bank & Trust Present Essay Scholarship Award
First Bank & Trust Corporate Secretary Joan Yohanan and City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented a $1,000 scholarship award to Evanston Township High School alumnus Andre Wallace at the Jan. 11 City Council Meeting. Andre wrote the winning essay in a scholarship contest hosted by the City of Evanston’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) and sponsored by First Bank & Trust. 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DPOE Announces Its Endorsements for March 15 Primary
On Jan. 10, members of the Democratic Party of Evanston cast ballots to determine whom they will endorse in the March 15 Democratic Primary. In competitive races, the nearly 200-member organization will support Hillary Clinton for President, Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate, Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney, and Josina Morita, Mariyana Spyropoulous, and Tom Greenhaw for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, said DPOE in a prepared statement.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
State's Attorney Race: An Interview with Candidate Kim Foxx
Perhaps the election generating the most news and controversy will be the Democratic primary for State’s Attorney, in which incumbent Anita Alvarez is challenged by Donna Moore and Kim Foxx. Interviews with Ms. Moore and Ms. Alvarez will appear in upcoming editions of the RoundTable.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Police Take 41 Firearms Off The Streets in Four Months
In response to community concerns about violence involving the use of handguns, the Evanston Police Department implemented a violence-reduction strategy in September 2015. The initiative included both the police department and the community working together to have a positive impact on reducing violent crime and other criminal activity through assigning two members from the department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Tactical Unit to work at strictly recovering firearms,” said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Man Shot, in Stable Condition
Skokie man shot in the mid-section near Mulford Street and Custer Avenue.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Skating and Sledding, Weather Permitting
Three Outdoor Skating Rinks/Sledding in James Park
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hemingway Appointed Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has appointed Lawrence C. Hemingway as the City’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Mr. Hemingway has served as Director of Parks and Recreation for Wayne County Parks in Westland, Mich., since 2010. He will begin his work at the City of Evanston on Feb. 8.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Music, Poetry and Surprises at First Night

The second installment of the resurrected First Night Evanston entertained hundreds of visitors on New Year’s Eve. Emily Guthrie, one of the organizers of First Night Evanston, said two of the highlights were wandering poets and a reading from Shakespeare.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Council Nuggets: Highlights from the Jan. 11 City Council Meeting
Apparently, there was not a lot of pent-up activity building over the holidays among either City staff or Evanston residents. Council's 2016 kicked off with one of the shortest meetings in recent memory, a meeting that included but one single public-comment speaker and not a single debated agenda item.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016



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