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Snow Update
Lake effect snow showers will continue this morning until about 10am.  An additional ½” of new snow possible in spots.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Decline of City's Affordable Housing Expected to Continue
The amount of affordable housing in Evanston has steadily declined in the last decade, making it difficult for low- and moderate-income households to locate here. In addition, 86% of the low- and moderate income households who currently reside here are paying more in housing costs than is viewed as being sustainable.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
City Will Again Chip In to Help Finance Shopping Plaza at Dempster/Dodge
Azzuri of Evanston, Inc., the company that last year purchased Evanston Plaza and plans to establish Valli Produce as its anchor tenant, is asking the City for about $9 million to help finance its overhaul of the plaza.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
City Hopes to Raise Funds for Crown
With a push from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, City Council on Feb. 23 authorized City staff to issue a request for a proposal for a professional fundraiser in hopes of raising at least $5 million toward a new or improved Robert Crown Center.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Three Lanes for Green Bay Road
On Feb. 23, City Council took a giant step toward untangling the messy intersection of Ridge Avenue, Emerson Street and Green Bay Road by approving changes to the north-south lanes and landscaping both the street-side and train-embankment-side. 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mayor Casts Tie-Breaker To Pave Ladd Arboretum Path With Asphalt
A spot of Evanston turf about three-quarters of a mile long and less than two yards wide – the path in the Ladd Arboretum – was the site of a heated dispute about the future of the Arboretum and its flora and fauna; the accessibility of the path to those in wheelchairs, strollers and bicycles; the safety of children walking to Haven and Kingsley schools; and, of course, the cost of materials.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Harley Clarke Committee Frames Mission, Work Plan
At the inaugural meeting of the Harley Clarke Mansion Committee, chair Steve Hagerty led the seven other members present through a process that defined the committee’s mission, assessment criteria and internal-governance policies and set the agenda for its next two meetings.  Alderman Jane Grover, City Community Development Director Mark Muenzer, City Economic Development Specialist Cindy Plante, Garry Shumaker, Linda Damashak, Dawn Davis-Zeinemann and Amina DiMarco, a member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Board attended the meeting; the only absent member was Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Parks and Recreation Board Opens Discussion on Penny Park
The City’s Parks and Recreation Board will treat the process of making recommendations for the future of Penny Park as a blank slate, its chairman Daniel Stein said on Feb. 19. The matter came to the Board circumlocutiously: The City hired a design team and held several public meetings, some of which were rancorous, before City Council referred the matter to this board.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Valli Owner Fears Delay in Store Opening
The owner of Valli Produce, the grocery store that will replace Dominick’s and anchor the Evanston Plaza Mall, said the store will be “different than what this town is used to” but may open a month later than expected due to delays in the building permit process with the City.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
City Counterclaims Against Nicor
The City of Evanston followed through on its official threat to sue Nicor Gas and ComEd for natural gas trapped under James Park and surrounding areas. The action came in the form of a counterclaim filed Feb. 2 in response to Nicor’s lawsuit against the City. The Nicor suit sought a judicial declaration that the trapped gas was not Nicor’s responsibility.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Council Bytes: Highlights From the Feb. 23 City Council Meeting
There was not a lot of middle ground at the Feb. 23 City Council meeting. Some items were approved without comment on the consent agenda. There were split decisions for others  – including a tiebreaker by the Mayor (see Ladd Arboretum story) – and one item was removed entirely from consideration.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Cannabis Delivered by Mail, Recipient Charged
An Evanston man, age 39, was charged with one felony count of Possession of Cannabis over 5000 grams.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Neighborhood Meeting on Main/Chicago Project
A neighborhood meeting to provide information about construction plans for the approved mixed-use development at 835 Chicago Ave.
Friday, February 20, 2015
State Budget Update and Other News
Our State has serious budget issues that need to be addressed but I fear that this budget puts too much of that responsibility on working families and the most vulnerable people in our state.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Mayor Tisdahl's Comment on the Governor's Proposed Budget
"I am disappointed by Governor Rauner's proposal to help balance the State's budget with a reduction in the portion of the State Income Tax specifically designated for cities."
Thursday, February 19, 2015
State Senator Daniel Biss statement on the Governor's Budget Address
Instead, the Governor's proposal singles out working families and the most vulnerable among us for the deepest cuts, while asking nothing of the rich.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Help Evanston Win the Earth Hour City Challenge!
Evanston is one of three finalists to represent the United States in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Say 'No' to Tobacco
Snap a selfie, say 'no' ot tobacco in Evanston's #NotAReplacement Instagram Contest.
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Friday, February 13, 2015
Parks and Rec to Offer Programming Out Of 'Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center'
The former BooCoo Center will re-emerge this summer as the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, offering programming presented by the City of Evanston’s Parks and Recreation Division in conjunction with a number of partners.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
City Gives Financial Assistance to ZS Associates to Stay in Evanston
ZS Associates, a sales and marketing consulting firm called by City staff “Evanston's largest for-profit employer,” will be relocating from the former Research Park building owned by Northwestern University to the Rotary Building space being vacated by the Pivot Point Academy. The move will take place between March 2015 and January 2017.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
City Wrestles with Central Question on Ladd Arboretum Path: Is It an Arboretum or a Throughway?
Determining how to replace an aged limestone path through the Ladd Arboretum has proven more difficult than could have been expected thanks to the basic difference between viewing the path as part of a “tree museum” or as a throughway connecting Bridge Street to Green Bay Road.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Council Nuggets: Highlights From the City Council Meeting
Council largely resolved a series of outstanding matters on Feb. 9, without much debate or discussion. The debate or discussion occurred during earlier meetings. The first such item was a bid for cured in place pipe lining for sewer pipes. Several weeks earlier, Council held this item because of the wide disparity between the low bidder, who did not fulfill the City’s Minority- or Woman- owned or Evanston-Based Enterprise (MWEBE) requirements, and the low bidder, who did.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Evanston Fire Stations to Host Satellite Health Care Clinics
The Evanston Fire Department, in collaboration with the City’s Health & Human Services Department, will hold free monthly health care clinics at Evanston fire stations,
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Monday, February 9, 2015
14-Year Old Charged with Residential Burglary
Police were able to identify the juvenile suspect through the use of a credit card that was stolen in the incident, said the Commander.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Evanston Animal Shelter Partners with Merrick Pet Care
Each pet will enjoy healthy recipes made in Merrick's kitchens with locally sourced USDA-inspected deboned meat, fresh produce and high-quality protein,
Friday, February 6, 2015
Man Charged With Burglary to Vehicle on Grant Street
On Jan. 30 at approximately 1:20 a.m., a person called police after observing a man rummaging through a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of Grant Street.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Police Find Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that  was stolen from Shelby County, Tennessee, said the Commander.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Two Evanston Males Shot Near Custer and Brummel
An 18-year old was shot in the knee, and a 20-year old suffered a graze wound, said the Commander. 
Monday, January 26, 2015
Fund to Help Seniors Pay Off Past Due Balances to ComEd
This holiday season, ComEd is giving the gift of energy by donating more than $300,000 to the special “Senior Giving” hardship fund.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Gabel Invites Residents to "Coffee and Conversation" in Wilmette
State Rep. Robyn Gabel and State Rep. Laura Fine are holding an informal discussion about state and local issues at a coffee and conversation event Feb. 24.
Friday, February 13, 2015



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