FY 2016 Budget Preparation Update

The City Council’s Rules Committee discussed this evening issues pertaining to the Proposed FY 2016 budget. The Committee directed staff to develop two scenarios for budget reductions in anticipation of revenue cuts that may come from the State of Illinois once it adopts its FY 2016 budget.  The first would be for a $500,000 reduction in the General Fund and the other would be a $1,500,000 reduction for FY 2016.  Budget staff will begin work on these proposed reductions…more »

Sheridan Rd./Forest Ave. Traffic Signal Modernization Project Begins July 6

Over the next 13 weeks, beginning the week of July 6, the City and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be contracting traffic signal improvements on Sheridan Road and Forest Avenue. The entire project is expected to be completed by early October 2015. To view the construction letter, click here >>> The three existing traffic signals included in the project are: Sheridan Rd. at Main St. Forest Ave. at Burnham Pl. Forest Ave. at Dempster St. The outdated…more »

Applications Now Open for CDBG Grant Funds for Public Facilities & Infrastructure Projects and Housing Programs

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The City of Evanston's Housing and Community Development Act Committee (HCDA) will be accepting applications for 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds for Public Facilities & Infrastructure projects and Housing programs through ZoomGrants, our online grants application and management system. CDBG funds are allocated annually for capital improvement projects and housing programs that serve primarily income-eligible individuals and families. This information does not apply to applications for CDBG Public Services or Mental Health Board funding for social services programs.…more »

Celebrate the 30th Annual Ethnic Arts Festival at Dawes Park July 18-19

On Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, noon to 7 p.m., community members are invited to celebrate the 30th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. This year the festival will return to its original location at Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Rd. and Church St. The free, two-day event transforms Evanston’s lakefront into a Global Village to celebrate diversity world-wide and features art from a variety of countries, family craft activities, international cuisine, live music, dance, and spoken word…more »

"I Heart Evanston Trees" Launches $10,000 Fundraising Campaign for 2015

Posted in Forestry, Sustainability, Trees

The City of Evanston’s “I Heart Evanston Trees” initiative has kicked off its 2015 fundraising campaign, setting a goal of $10,000 to help replace fallen trees. Community members are encouraged to visit iheartevanstontrees.org to donate and learn more about the campaign. The City has established three donation levels: Leaf Level – Donate $25 or more and receive an “I Heart Evanston Trees” mug and sticker; Branch Level – Donate $50 or more and receive a pack of “I Heart…more »

Joint 1st and 4th Ward Meeting to Discuss Planned Fountain Square Improvements July 14

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Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) and Ald. Donald Wilson (4th) will hold a joint ward meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., to review initial concept designs for planned improvements at Fountain Square. All community members are welcome. City of Evanston staff will present the following: Initial concept plans / Personal preference exercise Summary of public input received Next steps in the design…more »

First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes in Evanston Reported for 2015

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Dempster Street Traffic Signal Modernization Project Begins July 6

Evanston and Chicago Police Departments Meet for Public Roll Call July 7

FJT to Present Award-winning Play, "The Vagina Monologues," July 11-26

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City of Evanston Announces 2015 Independence Day Holiday Weekend Schedule

Posted in Holiday, Independence Day, Refuse

Celebrate Independence Day in Evanston with Parade, Fireworks and Activities

Posted in Events, Independence Day

Evanston Police Department Encourages Community Members to Attend "Coffee with a Cop" Event July 8

Community Members Encouraged to Participate in Evanston Health & Human Services Department's Five-Year Strategic Planning Process

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Nicor Gas to Begin System Improvement Project in North Evanston June 29

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