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Citywide Asphalt Pavement Patching to Begin April 25
The City of Evanston will be patching large areas of asphalt pavement across the city beginning the week of April 25, 2016.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Sen. Biss Plans to Lay Out Vision for Illinois
State Senator Daniel Biss advised constituents that he is launching a website in which he will lay out his vision for Illinois.
Friday, April 22, 2016
17-Year Old Shot on Jackson Avenue
A 17-year old male was shot in the lower left leg while he was entering his home from the front porch in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue on April 21, police said.
Friday, April 22, 2016
City of Evanston Wins 2016 Technology Solutions Award
The City of Evanston has been awarded the Public Technology Institute’s (PTI) 2016 Technology Solutions Award in the category of Web Services, E-Government and Mobile Apps.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Charges Filed in April 19 Shots Fired Incident
The man “brandished” a black handgun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, at which time the back-up officer discharged his weapon at the man, said police.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Robert Crown Project Begins in Earnest - Without Building Plan Parameters
Fundraising for the new Robert Crown Center through a “core leadership group” is currently seeking major gifts for the new Center, and City Council is on board with the project.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Evanston Targets Citywide Natural Habitat Designation
On May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ecology Center, Evanstonians from across the community will celebrate and exchange ideas to make the community’s green spaces more welcoming for birds, bees, and butterflies.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Council Bytes: Highlights From the April 11 City Council Meeting
The April 11 City Council meeting provided a series of ups and downs more extreme than most. A night full of setbacks, holds, and apologies had some glimmers of good news, including an increased grant of $1.3 million toward the Emerson/Green Bay intersection project.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
St. Mary's Parish Seeks Compromise on Center Roof
The red clay tile roof adorning the historic St. Mary’s Parish Center building, located between the McGaw YMCA Child Care Center and St. Mary's chapel on Lake Street, became the focus of controversy at the April 11 City Council meeting. The City's preservation ordinances require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) when the owner of a designated historic building proposes changes, and St. Mary's proposed replacing the red clay tiles with asphalt shingles.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Massage Establishment Ordinance Held
Outcry from the massage therapist community led City Council to abandon a proposed new ordinance. The ordinance, introduced without comment or debate at its last meeting, was intended to make it easier for the police to halt alleged prostitution and sex trafficking within the City. However, it included numerous provisions, said many therapists, that would have in effect driven them out of business in Evanston.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
City Revealed Hundreds of Employee Social Security Numbers
The City of Evanston mailed out tax forms in envelopes that clearly displayed the Social Security numbers of the recipients, the Administration and Public Works Committee and the City Council were told on  April 11. The error occurred in mid-March, but the City did not respond to complaints until just before the April 11 meeting, said retired Evanston police officer and president of the police pension board Timothy Schoolmaster.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Council Eyes Expanding Downtown to the North
Spurred in part by the rejected 831 Emerson St.  housing project, the Planning and Development Committee considered expanding downtown zoning designations north of the current border at Emerson at its April 18 meeting.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Group Hopes Legislators Will Place 'Fair Tax' Referendum on November Ballot
A graduated income tax would be fairer and more efficient than the present flat-rate income tax and could sufficiently increase revenues to solve the State’s structural budget deficit, say members of the Community Renewal Society, as do some State legislators.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
'Illinois on the Brink'
“I worry that what’s going on right now is deeply destructive in a way that a lot of people only see a slice of it, and I worry that there’s not a level of communication from us in Springfield that’s adequate for the public to really understand what’s happening," Sen. Biss said.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Police Fire at Suspect
The man pulled out a black BB gun, that had the same appearance as a handgun, said the Commander. At that time the back-up officer discharged his weapon at the man, said the Commander.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Two Structure Fires on April 15
Evanston fire companies responded to two structure fires within a two-hour window on  April 15. Both fires were quickly located and extinguished with minimal damage to property.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Part of Asbury to be Closed April 26 and 27
A temporary overnight road closure will be implemented for northbound non-local traffic on Asbury Avenue, between Church and Emerson Streets, to accommodate sewer rehabilitation work.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Chicago Man Charged in February Shooting
The man who approached the vehicle pulled out a handgun and fired two shots at the man in the vehicle, one of which struck him in the left arm, said the Commander.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Beach Tokens Now on Sale
Tokens are available at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and at Evanston recreation community centers.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Biss: Governor Has Power to Stave Off Further Destruction
“Illinois desperately needs a sustainable state budget solution that is balanced and fair. Clearly, the Legislature and Gov. Rauner are not in agreement yet on what that means."
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
City Mailing Said to Disclose Social Security Numbers
Timothy Schoolmaster, a former Evanston policeman and president of the Police Pension Fund, spoke before City Council on April 11 to express the “dismay, outrage and anger” of many City employees and retirees.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Juvenile Charged For Starting Fire at ETHS
A check of the school video revealed a male student, 16 years of age who resides in Skokie, lit a paper object on fire and placed it in the locker, said the Commander.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Rethink Your Drink Campaign
 What you choose to drink can have a big impact on your well-being, so the City of Evanston and NorthShore University HealthSystem are joining forces to help those who live, work and play in Evanston sip their way to better health.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Video Provides Inside Look at Taser Usage
The Evanston Police Department has released a new video that provides insight into the Department’s training and usage of Tasers.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Expanded Vision of Sustainability Marks CGE's Earth Month Celebration
Underlying this year's Earth Month activities is an expansion of CGE’s definition of sustainability to include environmental quality, economic strength, and social justice/quality of life issues.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
CPAH Adds Five Affordable Rental Units Here
Community Partners for Affordable Housing held an open house at 1620 Washington St. to celebrate the completion of the apartment building there that CPAH bought out of foreclosure and completely rehabbed.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Two Evanston Youth Killed, a Third Shot
In the last two weeks, two Evanston youth have been shot to death and a third has been wounded. Police continue to investigate all the incidents.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Guilty Plea in Murder Case
On April 4, Darien Marquez-Connerly, who was arrested on May 22, 2011 the murder of cab driver Leodis Blackburn, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of First Degree Murder.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Strict Rules Proposed For Masseuses
Citing “ongoing community concerns,” City Council introduced a sweeping regulatory regime targeting “massage establishments” at its  March 28 meeting. Licenses, age restrictions, registration, inspections, and specific operating requirements would all be added to an existing state license requirement.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
EFD Responded to Record Number of Calls
In 2015, the Evanston Fire Department responded to 9,630 calls for service, the highest total call volume in its history. There were 5,994 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls and 3,636 fire responses. The EMS calls for service were also the highest total in the 140-year history of the Department.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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