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Target Store to Open at Sherman Plaza Next Spring
Target has announced plans to open a 27,400 square foot small-format store at The Shops at Sherman Plaza in downtown Evanston, slightly north of the redesigned Fountain Square. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Biss: We Cannot Trust Gov. Rauner With the Power to Overhaul Medicaid
“Gov. Rauner expects lawmakers to give him unchecked freedom to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program that insures the poorest Illinois children and senior citizens ... "
Friday, May 19, 2017
Science Programming Coming to EPL
Evanston Public Library has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA@ My Library...
Friday, May 19, 2017
MWRD Board Rejects Keefe Request for Easement
At their May 18 meeting, the Commissioners of the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) rejected the request by the Cook County Highway Department for an easement to construct a road through Evanston’s Isabella Woods for a private development in Wilmette.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Final Chapter? Council Puts Sale of Library Parking Lot Back on the Table
On April 24, City Council voted decisively, by a 6-2 vote, to reject the proposed sale of the City-owned parking lot northeast of the main branch library. On May 8, though, Ald. Wilson made a motion. “I move we adopt an ordinance to authorize the City Manager” to negotiate a contract to sell the library parking lot. The motion passed 6-2, with Alds. Rainey and Wynne voting “no.”
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Council Approves Resolution Opposing Wilmette Developer's Plans to Despoil Isabella Woods
A Wilmette real estate developer wishes to construct a road through a swamp-oak forest on Evanston’s far north side to allow egress for a private development.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Bobkiewicz Withdraws from Tacoma City Manager Post
On May 13, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz sent a letter to the City Council, saying, “Upon reflection, I have decided to withdraw myself from further consideration for the position.” Mr. Bobkiewicz’s letter, which he also sent to local media outlets, also said, “I am not yet ready to leave Evanston. ..."
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Goodbye to a Mayor
Evanston bid farewell to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl on May 8; at the same time, Mayor Tisdahl bid farewell to colleagues she served with for years. It was a night about both nostalgia and change, as several members of City Council addressed their constituents for the last time.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Board of Ethics Approves Findings About Election Violation Complaints
At its May 16 meeting, the City’s Board of Ethics approved unanimously and without comment advisory opinions prepared by Deputy City Attorney Michelle Masoncup concerning complaints filed against candidates and elected officials during the campaign season that ended with the April 4 election. At the time the complaints were filed, Misty Witenberg, Robin Rue Simmons, and Carolyn Murray were all candidates for Fifth Ward Alderman. Ms. Rue Simmons won.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Charges Filed in Battery/Dog Bite Incident
On May 11, Evanston police detectives charged a 47-year old Evanston man (the “pedestrian”) in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred on March 3 in the 1200 block of Forest Avenue, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Loaded Handgun Recovered in Traffic Stop
After officers made a traffic stop of the vehicle, they noticed an odor of burnt cannabis emanating from the vehicle. The occupants were asked to exit the vehicle; and upon exiting, a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun fell from the waistband of the pants of one of the passengers in the rear seat, a 17 year old Evanston male, said Evanston Police Commander Joe Dugan.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Excavations Begin on Pipes Near James Park
The City has begun investigating water pipes in the area surrounding James Park on Evanston’s southwest side as it proceeds with a lawsuit against Nicor and ComEd demanding that the utility giants provide an accounting for gas lines in the park they inherited from a corporate predecessor.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Some Drivers With 'Disabled' Placards Have to Pay to Park
Gone from Evanston are the meterless parking spaces reserved for disabled drivers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
City is a Finalist for Award in Parks and Recreation
The City of Evanston has been named a finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Passing of Fire Captain Ron Shulga
 On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Evanston Fire Department lost 29-year veteran Captain Ron Shulga to a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
2017 MFT Street Resurfacing Project Begins Week of May 22
Over the next nine weeks, the City will be contracting street resurfacing work on seven street segments throughout Evanston.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ward Meeting on Main Street Corridor Improvements May 11
An update on plans to improve the Main Street Corridor, from McDaniel Avenue to Dodge Avenue, will be presented ...
Saturday, May 6, 2017
New Ecology Center Apiary
 In an effort to support the declining honey bee population and to educate community members about the importance of pollinators ...

Saturday, May 6, 2017
RCN to Begin Aerial and Underground Construction in Southeast Evanston May 8
RCN will begin aerial and underground construction to bring internet, phone and video service to southeast Evanston beginning Monday, May 8...
Saturday, May 6, 2017
City Expands Taxicab Voucher Program
Eligible Evanston residents who are older or have ambulatory disabilities will have additional door-to-door and door-to-destination transportation services from May 3 through June 30, 2017...
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Librarian Receives 15-Day Suspension
On April 27, Ms. Williams told the RoundTable she received a 15-day suspension, starting on Monday.
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Schakowsky: "The GOP has found a new low" on Health care
“Just when we thought the Republican proposal to rip apart the American health care system had scraped the bottom of the barrel, the GOP has found a new low."
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Meeting re Central Street Bridge, May 25
The City of Evanston invites community members to attend an open house public meeting regarding the Central Street Bridge Reconstruction Project
Monday, May 1, 2017
Farmers' Markets in Evanston
Downtown Farmers Market opens on May 6, and continues to Nov. 4.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Crown Center Campaign Event Raises More Than $1 Million
Building Evanston’s New Crown Jewel, a celebratory fundraising event held on Feb. 24 at the Evanston Art Center, raised more than $1.2 million for a reimagined Robert Crown Community Center, Turf Park, and Public Library.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Lakehouse & Gardens Group Presents Plan for Harley Clarke Mansion
On April 26, Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle presided over a community meeting about the future of the Harley Clarke mansion, 2603 Sheridan Road. The mansion, leased for 40 years by the Evanston Art Center, has been vacant since June 2015, and City staff and Council members have been debating its future for several years. Last fall, the City Council directed the Parks, Recreation and Communities Services Board and the Lighthouse Landing Complex Committee to develop a plan for the future operation of the Harley Clarke property.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Property Tax Appeals
Homeowners can appeal their 2017 assessed values with the Cook County Assessor through Monday, March 27.
Monday, March 6, 2017
No Sale: Council Rejects Sale of Library Lot
On April 24, City Council voted down a proposal to replace the surface parking lot at 1714-20 Chicago Ave. – often referred to as the "library parking lot" – with an 11-story office building with three stories of parking. The final vote was 6-2, with Alderman Judy Fiske (1st) and Delores Holmes (5th) voting in favor of the proposal. The proposal had been advanced by the Council Planning and Development Committee on April 14.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
City Manager Is Finalist For Tacoma Job
According to the City of Tacoma’s website, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is one of four finalists for Tacoma’s city manager position. The finalists will be interviewed by Tacoma’s City Council and Executive Leadership team May 11 and 12, followed by a televised meeting with the public the evening of May 12.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Committee Reviews Data on Police Traffic Stops
Police Chief Richard Eddington delivered a series of reports to the City’s Human Services Committee on May 1, including a detailed analysis and breakdown of traffic stop data. The issue came to the forefront when a study found that in Evanston black motorists were up to seven times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop than white drivers.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017



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