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Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Community forum entry by: Dave Trippel

It's 8:30 Saturday morning, June 25th, and the city street workers are out on Greenbay Rd. removing the brand new fire hydrants that have been installed by A. Lamp Road Builders in the huge street improvement project taking place here. I asked why they are taking out the new fire hydrants and the city workers said because the whole project is coming to a screeching halt on June 30 when Rauner vetoes the stop gap state funding bill, and A Lamp Road Builders will be taking all their equiptment and traffic routing away thus leaving the new fire hydrants standing in the middle of the right hand lane of the old traffic pattern which will be an obvious traffic hazard, so we're taking them out.

So, we're going to be stuck with a half-paved/half-gravel Green Bay Rd. until ... when? ... until the state govmt freezes over?

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Community forum entry by: Mari Barnes

Thank You, Central Street Business Association
I am writing this thank you as the person who brought the idea of the Art Walk to Central Street, but by no means did all the work. The Central Street Business Association has recently formed an all-volunteer Board of Directors who got behind this project and, along with the Evanston Art Center, made it into a great weekend.
Fifteen businesses along the street, Allegro Dance Boutique, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Central Street Yoga, Gracie’s, George Ritzlin Maps, Happy Husky Bakery, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, Lois & Co., Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, Notice, Perennials, Spex, The Spice House, Stella and Walsh Natural Health, all participated.
The event showcased painting, jewelry, pottery, and even exquisite bird houses. It was well-curated, thanks to the Art Center, and unique because the art was viewed in non-traditional settings. Combining art with business allowed many people just strolling by to stop in places they may not normally patronize. One resident said she was thrilled to have discovered so many special places on Central and that she intended to make it to the street on a regular basis.
Thank you to my fellow Board Members, Stephen (Happy Husky), Patty (Perennials), Simone (Maya Papaya), Larry (Spex), Aim and Ailie (Aim & Ailie) and Rachel (Stella).
It certainly takes a village, and we have a great village.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Community forum entry by: Eric Witherspoon, Superintendent

ETHS Water Meets All
Due to nationwide concerns about drinking water quality in schools, we are providing information to our families as reassurance about our water safety at Evanston Township High School, ETHS.
In addition to annual testing by the City of Evanston, independent testing conducted on April 8, has shown that the water at ETHS meets all standards, and the District is in compliance with laws and regulations concerning water quality, including lead levels.
A copy of this report is posted to our website

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Community forum entry by: Daniel Biss, State Senator

I want to extend a sincere thank you to the residents of Evanston and elsewhere in the 9th Senate District who turned out April 26 for a vigorous discussion about the Illinois budget.
A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Evanston Civic Center to hear three experts – Therese McGuire from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Bill Stafford from the Oakton Community College Board, and Mark Weiner, CEO of CJE SeniorLife – discuss the consequences of the state budget stalemate and how it is damaging education and human services throughout Illinois.
I appreciated the thoughtful questions and feedback from those in attendance, and I encourage them to continue sharing their opinions with those they elected to represent them in Springfield. It is vital that the people of the 9th District and all of Illinois continue to be engaged and vocal about the role and function – or dysfunction, as the case may be – of government at all levels.
While the current situation in state government is obviously unacceptable and harmful to our state, I am heartened by the passion and engagement that was on display during our April 26 discussion. It is only by rising up in one voice and demanding different behavior that we can hope to see better and fairer outcomes.
For those who were unable to attend the event, I invite you to share your questions or concerns by calling my office in Skokie at 847-568-1250 or emailing me at

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Community forum entry by: Cordelia Maloney

I saw your article about the possible city loan to Dave Glatt for a new restaurant on Noyes. I was happy to see the article as the sudden closing of the old place was very sad.
I looked at the agenda for the council meeting on the 9th and didn’t see an item about the loan. I may have missed it, but wondered if you know when it is scheduled. I doubt I’m the only one, but I'd like to be there to show support for the city’s action in granting the loan – and support for Dave and his family – who have contributed enormously to Evanston in so many ways.
Ed. Note: Mr. Glatt has withdrawn his request for City funding.

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