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December 16, 2017 




Aldermen Approve Balanced Budget for FY '18
Amid accusations, defenses, and concerns about the Library’s proposed expenditures – both capital and operating – and about the perceived reduction in the City Clerk’s budget, aldermen on Dec. 11 approved a $280.5 million budget for fiscal year 2018.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
City Clerk Demands Additional Funds, Receives Some
Bolstered by a robust weekend email campaign, City Clerk Devon Reid said the 2018 budget for the City Clerk’s Office should  receive only the 4% cut mandated for all City departments.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Library Budget Passes Despite Scare
By a 6-2 vote, City Council passed the ordinance permitting the Evanston Public Library’s tax levy for next year, ensuring the Library’s operating budget will be funded in 2018.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
City Paid Outside Lawyers $400,000 for Robinson Lawsuit
The legal fees are in addition to the amount paid by the City to settle the lawsuit – $500,000 – bringing the total cost to the City to $919,936.66.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Plan Commission Rejects Vermilion Tower Proposal
A planned 33-story tower on Davis Street faces a new hurdle.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Holiday Light Recycling Going on Now
The City of Evanston's annual holiday light recycling program will be held Dec. 1, 2017- Jan. 31, 2018, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Elgin Recycling.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
FY '18 City Budget Stalled in Council
Lack of agreement on two items prevented City Council members from approving the City’s budget for fiscal year 2018.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Byline Bancorp to Acquire First Evanston Bancorp
Earlier this week, Byline Bancorp, Inc. and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. jointly announced they had entered into a definitive agreement which provides for the acquisition by Byline of First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $169 million. Upon completion of the transaction, the company will operate under the Byline Bank name and brand, Byline said.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
33-Story High-Rise Plan Takes Step Toward Approval
A developer proposing to replace a vacant lot and a bank drive-through in downtown Evanston was scheduled to appear before the City’s Plan Commission after this paper went to press on Nov. 29.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Patrons Take Away Memories - and a Lot More -During a Raucous Last Night at Nevin's
First it was the neon sign that showed up in the alley. Next was the photograph with the full-page apology letter from the Northwestern undergraduate. And, finally, the grand gesture of a dartboard put back in its rightful spot.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NU Agrees to Payment in Lieu of Taxes For Newly Acquired Research Park Properties
The 1980s era joint venture between Northwestern University and the City of Evanston to develop a “research park” between Davis Street and Emerson Street and between the two rail tracks folded more than a decade ago, but some lingering aspects of the deal linger to this day.  
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'Vacation Rental' Boom Feared
Shifting dynamics in the student housing world, involving changes in University policy requiring more and more students to live on campus, filtered down into the world of vacation rentals at the Nov. 27 City Council meeting, as two applicants sought permission to rent units to either long-term tenants or short-term vacation rental tenants.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Council Nuggets: Highlights From the Nov. 27 City Council Meeting
A post-holiday agenda full of tax levies and similar budget discussions appeared certain to drive away would be City critics and observers. Following closely on the heels of highly controversial matter such as the Harley Clarke mansion and the Nevins-Moon building made the inevitable a little more so. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Library Seeks Increases in Capital Operations
At both the Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 City Council meetings, some aldermen seemed concerned about the Library’s proposed $11 million renovation and its proposed 8.6% increase in its operating budget. At least one alderman appeared to express dismay over the Library branch proposed for the new Robert Crown Center.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Driver with Loaded Handgun Arrested
While conducting a search of the man, the officer recovered a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun from his jacket pocket.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Fire in the 1000 Block of Forest Avenue
At 10:10 a.m., Nov. 23, Evanston fire companies responded to the 1000 block of Forest Avenue for the report of a structure fire in a large single family residence.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Commissioner Suffredin Explains Vote on Budget
Today I voted "YES" on the 2018 Cook County budget.  Not because it has the thoughtful planning and coordination I wanted, but because it is the best and only alternative to protect Cook County from a meltdown of key services.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Holiday Light Recycling Program Begins December 1
The City of Evanston's annual holiday light recycling program will be held from Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Monday, November 20, 2017
New Mobile Payment System For Parking
The City of Evanston is transitioning to a new Park Evanston mobile payment application for online parking payments. Look for new decals on parking meters and pay stations starting this month.
Monday, November 20, 2017
City's Capital Needs Exceed Debt Cap
A self-imposed cap on capital debt – issued in the form of general obligation (GO) bonds repayable primarily through property taxes – will soon push the City past its stated debt limit of $113 million if proposed capital projects are ultimately approved, according to a presentation from City and Library staff at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting.
Wednesday, November 1, 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
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
Byline Bancorp, Inc. to Buy First Evanston Bancorp, Inc.
Byline Bancorp, Inc. (“Byline”) and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. (“First Evanston”) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement which provides for the acquisition by Byline of First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $169 million.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Winter Reminders
Five things to know when it snows.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Donations Now Being Accepted for the Mayor's 2017 Holiday Food and Toy Drive
Mayor Stephen Hagerty is encouraging all community members to participate in the ninth annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive.
Wednesday, November 8, 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


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