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October 17, 2017 




Evanston Youth Arrested on Gun Charges
On Oct.11, at approximately 8:11 p.m., an Evanston police officer conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of Asbury Avenue due to the vehicle speeding, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Correction, Clarification, and Clerk Devon Reid's Position on a Few Points
Updated: 10/15/17. The last issue of the RoundTable, Oct. 5, contained an article “City Clerk Struggles; Council Removes Some of His Duties.” The article was posted online, updated, and the headline was changed to “City Council Votes to Temporarily Take Down City’s Next Request System.”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Statement of Commissioner Suffredin on Repeal of Sweetened Beverage Tax
I voted to keep the Sweetened Beverage Tax because it was a tax on a small number of people rather than a general sales or property tax on all.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Daniel Biss Unveils "Rewriting the Rules"
In a video shared with supporters this morning, Daniel Biss unveiled “Rewriting the Rules,” a set of policy proposals designed to restore power to the people of Illinois.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fire Department Seeks Community Input During Strategic Plan Review
An online survey will be available through November 15, 2017 at cityofevanston.org/firesurvey2017.
Monday, October 9, 2017
City Needs to Make up $6.1 Million to Balance its Budget for 2018
The budget documents contain a “baseline budget” showing a deficit of $6.1 million in the City’s General Fund, its main operating fund. The budget also  incorporates many budget balancing strategies that, if adopted by City Council, would balance the General Fund and leave a surplus of $667,859.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Council Votes to Sell Library Lot
City Council on Sept. 25 voted 6-2 to sell the open parking lot behind the Main Library and adjacent to the Woman’s Club building to a private developer. The developers plan an 11-story office building, with sufficient parking underneath to replace the existing surface-lot spaces and meet the parking needs of office tenants in the building.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Council Votes to Temporarily Take Down City's Next Request System
On Sept. 25, City Council voted to temporarily take down the City’s Next Request online FOIA processing system; it was the latest in a series of moves to shift several duties from the Clerk’s office to City staff.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2009 Downtown Plan Has Few Supporters on Council
At the request of Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle, City Council revisited its 2009 Downtown Plan advisory planning document at a special City Council meeting on Oct. 2. Years in the making, the plan, organized in large part around the proposed 38-story tower that was to be built at 708 Church St., found little support eight years later.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Council Approves Next Steps for Crown Project
City Council on Sept. 25 approved unanimously and without much comment three measures that will advance the Robert Crown Community Center and Library (RCCCL) project.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Council Denies Funding for Affordable Housing Project on Dempster
After advancing through several steps in the approval process, City Council denied a request to provide gap funding for an affordable housing project to be built at 2215 Dempster St. by Housing Options for Women (HOW).
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Evanston and Skokie Fight Over Charges for Water
On Sept. 26, the City of Evanston filed a lawsuit against the Village of Skokie, seeking a court ruling that Evanston may charge Skokie $2.06 per 1,000 gallons of Lake Michigan water that Evanston treats and distributes to Skokie.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Neighborhood Meeting On Planned Development on Oak
A Neighborhood Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in room G300 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Council Bytes: Highlights for the Sept.25 Council Meeting
Marathon City Council meetings have returned to Evanston’s Civic Center. After several years of relative calm and meetings that ended at sane hours like 9:30, or even 11:00 p.m., Council’s  Sept. 25 meeting pushed endurance to the near breaking point, ending after 1:30 a.m. Council went into Executive Session thereafter, continuing the meeting until about 2 a.m.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Settles Lawsuit Over Dog Shot by Police
By an 8-1 vote at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting, aldermen approved a $50,000 settlement of the federal case Trinette Lark, et al. v. City of Evanston, et al. Plaintiffs Ms. Lark and her adult children, Bria Deaz and Prince Ford, sued the City after an Evanston police officer shot and killed their pet German shepherd during the police response to a domestic violence call.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
At Fire Ops 101, Officials and Media Reps Find Smoke Gets in Their Eyes
Elected officials and reporters from Evanston, Skokie, and Mount Prospect endured a hands-on firefighting and rescue training program from the Evanston and Skokie fire departments on Oct. 1.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
City Manager Gets 'Strong' Rating
City Council on Sept. 18 met in Executive Session to review and complete the annual performance review of City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. Mr. Bobkiewicz has held the position for eight years.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What DACA Recipients Need to Know: Attorney Presents 'Infosession' at ETHS
Any DACA recipients whose deferred action and employment authorization documents (EAD) expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, must file a request to renew by Oct. 5.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Affordable Housing Project Gains Recommendation for City Funding Despite Neighbors' Continued Concerns
A proposal for a three-story, 16-unit affordable housing structure to be built at 2215 Dempster St. cleared another hurdle earlier this month when the City’s Housing, Homelessness and Human Relations Commission (HHHRC) voted unanimously to recommend the project for City funding.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Evanston Stands With Dreamers
DACA made things better for more than 800,000 DREAMers across the country. With 42,400, Illinois has the third largest population of DACA recipients in the country. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA will be phased out. No new applications will be accepted. No travel outside the country will be permitted. Some current DACA holders will be allowed to renew their applications within a narrow window that closes Oct. 5. For the rest, their DACA status will terminate on their expiration date with no recourse for renewal.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
City and EPD Express Regret Over Arrest of 12-Year-Old
Nearly the entire Sept. 6 Human Services Committee meeting and apparently most of the Special City Council meeting held in executive session that same evening were dominated by a single issue: the detention and arrest of a 12-year-old youth for riding on the back pegs of a bicycle.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Plan Commission Approves Sherman Avenue Development
The City’s Plan Commission, on Sept. 13, recommended the approval of a planned development that includes 286 dwelling units at 1452-1508 Sherman Ave. after a nearly four-hour meeting.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Candance Chow Running for State Representative
During her tenure as Finance Chair and President of the District 65 School Board, she recently guided the District through a period of significant financial uncertainty, helping pass a referendum to support the schools with an overwhelming 80% approval.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
City May Hike Charges for Waste Collection
Council will debate significant increases to garbage and yard waste collection fees during the Sept. 25 City Council meeting. On Sept.  11, Council received reports and proposed increases from Director of Public Works Dave Stoneback setting the stage for Monday’s upcoming debate.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Police Recover Two More Guns
A Chicago man was charged with one count of felony Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon on Parole.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Fall Bulk Trash Pick Up Days
The City of Evanston's Public Works Agency offers residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Council Nuggets: Highlights From the Sept. 11 City Council Meeting
With the start of the school year comes the start of the unofficial Evanston year. Thoughts turn to budget, policy, and building projects as Council chambers fill with concerned and vocal residents. After a summer lull and August break, Council returned on Sept. 11 to a full agenda.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
It's Fall: Pests, Yard Waste, and Leaf Blowers
As autumn approaches, the City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department and Public Works Agency are issuing seasonal reminders about pests, yard waste, and the leaf blower ordinance to help keep community members safe and comfortable.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9/11 Memorial Ceremony Held at Fireman's Park
On Sept. 11, about 100 Evanston police officers, firefighters, elected officials, and community members gathered from 8:15 to 9:20 a.m. at Fireman’s Park.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Affordale Housing Debate Barely Gets Started
City Council’s efforts to tackle Evanston’s affordable housing crisis barely got off the ground on Sept. 18, as a looming lengthy executive session meeting, extensive citizen comment, and a presentation by City staff pushed the topic far too late for robust and thorough discussion.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017



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