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ETHS Interjects a Bit of Uncertainty In The Future of Park School
A memo from Evanston Township High School that surfaced at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Park School Long-Range Planning Committee has raised doubts about the high school’s continued support of the school.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Power Outage in South Evanston
ComEd is reporting an electric power outage in a large section of south Evanston, with as many as 5,143 customers affected. 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dec. 14 Tour of Valli Produce Store Postponed
A tour of Valli Produce’s Glendale Heights location planned for Dec. 13 has been postponed. Information about the new date will be posted as it is received.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sunday Action for Racial Justice Jams Fountain Square
On Dec. 7, hundreds of Evanstonians, many from local congregations, packed Fountain Square in response to a call from Chicago clergy, to express “righteous discontent regarding the second failure to indict in the Garner case [in Staten Island] by stepping outside of their churches and into the public space,” as stated on the website of the Unitarian Church of Evanston.
Monday, December 8, 2014
City Snow Shoveling Program
Evanston volunteers and residents seeking snow shoveling assistance this winter season are encouraged to sign up for the City’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
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
Illinois Legislature Approves Sen. Biss' Secure Choice Savings Program
Legislation establishing the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, which would be the first of its kind implemented in the United States, will soon reach the governor's desk.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Library Budget Passes City Council With Overwhelming Support
The Evanston Public Library’s tax levy passed City Council by a 7-2 vote at the Dec. 1 City Council meeting. The vote was required because the amount of the levy exceeded the maximum library levy permitted under State law.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ten Things About the City's FY 2015 Budget
At the Nov. 24 City Council meeting, aldermen unanimously approved the $225.4 million budget for next year.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Harley Clarke Plan in Jeopardy
The election of a Republican as the next Illinois governor has thrown the proposed Illinois Department of Natural Resources plan to convert the Harley Clarke mansion into a coastal management education center into peril according to a memo from City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Evanston Art Center Asks For More Financial Assistance
The move of the Evanston Arts Center (EAC) from the Harley Clarke mansion to its new home will continue through at least May 2015, and the City has been asked to provide additional financial assistance toward the move as it continues to unfold.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Contraception Dispute Hits Civic Center Parking Lot
A routine approval for the contract to reconstruct the Civic Center’s parking lot hit a surprising snag when Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, pulled the matter from the consent agenda at the Dec. 1 City Council meeting. Her reason, she said, was that one of the subcontractors, Ozinga Concrete, filed a lawsuit protesting the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurance plans include contraception for women.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mini Nuggets: Highlights From the Nov. 24 City Council Meeting
Domino’s Pizza is coming to 911 Foster St. A new “theater concept” restaurant, where employees make pizzas right in front of customers, will be constructed. ... City Council’s final vote on the 10% water rate increase was 5-4. Two weeks earlier, the measure had been introduced with a 6-2 vote.  An effort by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, to reduce the increase to 5% failed narrowly.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Animal Shelter Prepares to Seek New Partner
In May, the City of Evanston took over day-to-day operations at the Evanston Animal Shelter from the Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). At that time, the City planned to allow the Police Department to coordinate volunteers until such time as a new volunteer animal organization (VAO) could be found to take C.A.R.E.’s place.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5,4,3,2 ... One Lighted Tree
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl led the crowd that packed Fountain Square in a countdown as she flipped the switch to light the City’s Christmas tree with help from Mrs. Claus and friends Nov. 29.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
City's Finances Are 'Stable,' CFO Tells Council Members
Heading into the fourth fiscal quarter, the City’s finances are “very stable,” said Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Martin Lyons at the Nov. 17 City Council meeting. Revenues and expenditures in the General Fund, the City’s main operating budget, are about on par, he said, “but we look better than we are. There are three pay periods in December.”
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
C&W Market Offers Coffee, Snacks, Hospitality
The corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue might feel a little warmer this winter, as Clarence and Wendy Weaver’s newly opened C&W Market welcomes residents, commuters and high school students to its snack shop and ice cream parlor.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Rally for Ferguson
Two days before the announcement of the decision of the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury, Evanstonians rallied at the Evanston police station, 1454 Elmwood Ave., in support of that community.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Evanston Designated as EPA 'Green Power Community'
Evanston has been recognized as an official “Green Power Community” (GPC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
New Vice President At First Bank & Trust
First Bank & Trust has named Paul Kogol senior vice president for Retail Banking. He joined the bank on Nov. 3.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Gun Buyback Program Is Ongoing
Evanston residents can turn in an operational firearm to police at any time in exchange for $100 by calling 311 or the Evanston Police Department non-emergency line at 847-866-5000.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Pols, Activists Ask: 'How Much Campaign Money is Too Much?'
Grappling with the issue will be State Senator Daniel Biss, Former State Representative Beth Coulson, and David Melton of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, with Cynthia Canary of the Campaign for Economic Development serving as moderator.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
City to Hold Public Meetings On Park, Street Projects
Baker Park, Penny Park and Central Street/Green Bay Road projects to be discussed.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Biss Nationally Recognized for Secure Choice Retirement Savings Idea
State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) was chosen from a competitive field as a finalist for his policy solution, the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program.
Friday, November 21, 2014
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
Pet Registration Forms Due Dec. 31
The City of Evanston reminds dog and cat owners to submit their 2015 Pet Registration by Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
Saturday, November 22, 2014



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