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City's First Ever Zombie Scramble Race
Run for your life! On Saturday, November 1, zombies plan to invade Evanston for the first time as part of the City of Evanston Recreation Division’s inaugural Zombie Scramble. 
Monday, September 29, 2014
Early Voting, Oct. 20 to Nov. 2
Cook County Clerk David Orr has announced the hours and locations for early voting, grace period registration and voting, and election day registration and voting for the Nov. 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Gangs in Evanston Follow National Trend of Fragmentation

Gangs of today’s Evanston differ in structure, composition and purpose from those in the ’90s, City and police officials say. Detective Michael Andre of the Evanston Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau defines a gang as “a group of people with common dress or symbols who act in furtherance of a crime.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Fifth Ward Residents React to Police Presentation on Gangs
The Evanston Police Department’s presentation on gangs and their associated violence has been making its way to several ward meetings. Questions by residents at the joint meeting for the Fourth and Ninth wards on Sept. 10 for the most part concerned the harm and threats posed by gangs to the community overall and what residents could do to help address the problem.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Harley Clarke Sale to IDNR One Step Closer
The State of Illinois’ pursuit of the Harley Clarke mansion for use by the Coastal Management Program of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a teaching center and for office space took another step forward at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting, as aldermen voted to enter into negotiations on a contract to sell, not lease, the buildings to the State.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
City to Lend Evanston Art Center Half a Million Dollars
City Council voted at its Sept. 22 meeting to lend the Evanston Arts Center $500,000 toward the $2 million purchase price of the 1717 Central St. property, the location it has identified as its new home. Terms of the loan remain to be negotiated, though repayment with interest is to take place within 18 months.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Fountain Square Revamp in the Works
Evanston City Council approved an outline for a complete renovation of Fountain Square as a special order of business on Sept. 15.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Council Votes to Give $2.9 Million to Developer of 835 Main St.
By a 6-2 vote on Sept. 22, City Council voted to grant O’Donnell Investment Company $2.9 million toward the construction of the 835 Main St. building, with funds to come from the newly established Main and Chicago TIF. Because the TIF does not have funds yet, the City will borrow money to give to the developer if necessary.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz Staying in Evanston
City Council and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz have agreed to extend Mr. Bobkiewicz’s contract indefinitely, subject to annual review. The move comes on the heels of the expiration of the five-year contract the parties agreed to in 2009.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
11-Story Apartment Complex Proposed at Davis and Elmwood
Michael McLean, a partner with Condor Partners LLC,  laid out plans for a proposed apartment building at 1571 Maple Ave. at a forum held at the Civic Center on Sept. 19. About 50 persons, many who reside in One Evanston, an apartment building to the south, attended the forum and voiced their concerns. Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, convened the forum.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Council Holds Park Evaluation Proposal
A proposed $244,000 contract to evaluate needs in the City’s parks was held by City Council at its Sept. 22 meeting. The hold came at the request of Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, who said that the City already  knew of immediate projects and the money might be better spent on those improvements than on a consulting report.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Rats! Calls to City on Rise
The City responds to rats.  It will set out baited boxes, offer homeowners tips to get rid of rat-friendly burrows and check back to see how things are going.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Proposed Rideshare Regulation Stalls
A proposed ordinance mirroring the recent Chicago ordinance regulating ride-share businesses such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar failed to get off the ground at the Administration and Public Works Committee on Sept. 22. The Committee voted instead to hold the measure in order to explore possibly de-regulating taxi service rather than extending regulations to rideshare.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
City, County to Renovate Perlman And Walchirk Senior Apartments
At its Sept. 22 meeting, City Council approved $150,000 toward the renovation of Perlman and Walchirk Senior apartments, 2300 Noyes Court and 1900 Sherman Ave., in conjunction with the Housing Authority of Cook County. The total project cost of nearly $26 million will be funded through a variety of sources, primarily low-income-housing tax credits.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
9/11 Remembered
Solemnity permeated the clear air at Firemen’s Park on Sept. 11. A piper accompanied the color guard, and Evanston Township High School sophomore Maple Conn sang the national anthem.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Man Shot in Apartment on Seward Street
A man, age 29, who resides in the apartment where the shooting took place sustained gunshot wounds in the finger and leg from a single bullet.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Evanston Fire Handles Multiple Alarms
Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services fire companies responded to a single-family residential fire in the 1100 block of McDaniel Avenue on Sept. 16, at 3:50 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Fire Pit Safety
With the popularity of fire pits increasing, fire safety has become even more important. The use of fire pits is permissible when all City of Evanston regulations are followed.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Council Moves Toward Selling Harley Clarke Mansion to State Agency
In a surprising development, the City’s Human Services Committee on Sept. 3 and the City Council on Sept. 8 discussed a proposal to sell the Harley Clarke mansion and its coach house, located at 2603 Sheridan Road, to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Valli Produce is Coming
Valli Produce’s plans to establish a grocery store in Evanston Plaza, Dempster Street at Dodge Avenue, have expanded to include its purchase of the entire shopping center. Its plans were revealed at the Sept. 8 Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Creating a 'Healing Corridor' on Dempster
A parking lot could seem like a modest place for a ribbon-cutting, but for the staff and practitioners at Heartwood Center for Mind and Spirit, 1818 Dempster St., it represented another step toward the vision of a “healing corridor.”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
City Supports Little Beans Cafe's Request for a Property Tax Break
Evanston City Council voted unanimously and without debate at its Sept. 8 meeting  to "endors[e] the application of Little Bean Café... to the Cook County Assessor" for a reduction in property taxes for the former Osco drug store at 430 Asbury Ave. Once the application has been made, the Cook County Assessor's Office will determine whether to grant the requested relief.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Dick Peach Wins Spirit of Evanston Award
Dick Peach, a volunteer for Evanston in numerous capacities, will receive the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award at the annual MashUp on Sept. 16. There are few organizations in Evanston that have not felt the touch of Mr. Peach’s enthusiasm and compassion.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Four Receive Keys to the City
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl awarded a key to the City to four residents for efforts by their businesses or organizations to develop Evanston's workforce. Each practiced workforce development, said Mayor Tisdahl.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Update on Services Once Provided by Township
A request for an update on how the General Assistance program is faring under City administration since the township government was dissolved turned into a discussion of human services funding and may result in the creation of a new budgetary fund.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Council Nuggets
Mostly positive developments greeted City Council members at their Sept. 8 meetings, which began with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s announcing, “The Mayor is in the house.” Former Mayor Lorraine Morton, sitting on the first row in support of Keys to the City recipients, acknowledged the crowd.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Main Street Transformed to 'Streets Alive!'
On Sept.7  people traffic replaced vehicle traffic on Main Street  from Dodge to Hinman avenues, as Main Street  became “Streets Alive.” Inspired by an event in Bogota, Colombia, founder and chairperson Natalie Watson conceived the project as a way to encourage physical activity and alternate means of transportation and help people rediscover the streets, Evanston’s largest public spaces.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
'Kits, 'Cats and Kids to Transform Sherman Avenue Into a Block Party
Evanston’s ’Kits, ’Cats and Kids Block Party will turn Sherman Avenue into a family-orientated fun and food extravaganza on Sept. 18 from 5-7:45 p.m. in downtown Evanston. Sherman Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Church and Davis Streets to allow children, teens and adults to participate in games, activities and crafts while listening to a DJ and live music on stage.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
City Works Overtime to Clean Up From Storm
The City of Evanston worked through the weekend to clean up after the severe storm that hit the area on the afternoon of Sept. 5.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Voters May Apply Online for Ballots for the Nov. 4 Election
Suburban Cook County voters may now apply online for mail ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election, said Cook County Clerk David Orr.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014



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