News Posted in: August 2010

9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Fireman's Park

The Evanston Fire and Police Departments  will hold a memorial ceremony to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The City will also be recognizing the US troops who have lost their lives as well as honoring those who continue to fight the war on terror. The memorial service will be held at Fireman's Park, at the corner of Simpson St. and Maple Ave. at 7:30 a.m. On September 4, 2002, President Bush proclaimed September 11, 2002 as…more »

Klaiber Named New Evanston Fire Chief

Posted in Fire

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced today his appointment of Greg Klaiber as the new Chief of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services Department. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former Chief Alan Berkowsky. A nation-wide search was undertaken to fill the position and Klaiber was selected from a field of more than three dozen applicants. “Greg Klaiber brings to the position of Evanston Fire Chief a combination of accomplishment and expertise in the areas of…more »

Sheridan Road Construction from Burnham Place to Emerson St.

Posted in Construction

Sheridan Road Project Newsletter - August 2010 The City/Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting roadway improvements on Sheridan Road from Burnham Place to Emerson Street. Stage 1 of the project has begun this week with the implementation of a southbound detour on Sheridan Road at Foster Street. The detour route will follow Foster Street to Sherman Avenue to Clark Street and reconnect at Sheridan Road. Construction will begin on the east side of Sheridan Road from the intersection of Sheridan Road…more »

Evanston Police Begin Crackdown- Steps up late-night impaired driving and safety belt enforcement

Posted in Police, Safety Checks

The Evanston Police Department today announced its late-night plans for Labor Day focusing on the most deadly time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and safety belt violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3:00 am timeframe is the deadliest time on…more »

City and Evanston Firefighters Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

The following is a joint statement from the City of Evanston and the Evanston Firefighters Association, IAFF L-742: “The bargaining teams from the City of Evanston and the Evanston Firefighters Association, IAFF L-742 are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement was reached Friday regarding all outstanding contractual issues. Both groups will recommend ratification by their principals in the next three weeks. The union will have ratification votes on August, 30, 31 and September 1st while City staff will present…more »

Fall "Highlights" Now Available

Posted in Highlights

The Fall 2010 edition of "Highlights" will be delivered to residents in the next few days. You can check it out right here>>> This edition includes: City Gears up for Next Year’s Budget Process Information on the City's budget process and the dates for public participation in the process; Paint Evanston Purple! Information about "Evanston Day" at Ryan Field to cheer on the Wildcats as they take on Central Michigan on September 25; Community Calendar a listing of meeting and…more »

Register Now for Fall Classes and Programs

The fall issue of Recreation & Arts Activities Guide was delivered to the Evanston post office on Thursday, August 19 for delivery to residents in ZIP codes 60201 and 60202 and is posted online.   This publication includes classes and programs offered by the City of Evanston recreation centers, the Levy Senior Center, Evanston Ecology Center and Noyes Cultural Arts Center, as well as classes and programs offered by some of Evanston's local artists and arts organizations.…more »

Library Board to Hold Funding Forums

The City of Evanston's Library Board will be holding two public Library Funding Forums. The forums will discuss the history of the Evanston Public Library, an overview of the Task Force on Sustainable Funding's report, an overview of the Library Fund and be available for questions and answers. The first Forum will be held Saturday, August 28th from 10 a.m. until Noon in the Community Meeting Room at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The second Forum will be held on…more »

City Wraps up Successful 2nd Annual Women Out Walking Program - 208 Million Steps Later

The Evanston Health Department recently completed its second year of its Women Out Walking (WOW) program. Building upon the success and support of 500 women from the first year, the 2010 initiative saw approximately 1100 women participating in this community health initiative; more than double the previous year. The goal of this program is to encourage women to live healthier lifestyles and become more physically active through either walking or participation in a fun activity that offers health benefits, like…more »

Evanston Police Department Receives Traffic Award

As far back as 1933, a tradition was established, when the National Safety Council awarded The Evanston Police Department the National Grand Prize for Traffic Safety. The Evanston Police Department has continued to foster safe streets by proactively educating the public and creatively enforcing traffic safety laws. Programs and initiatives such as child safety seat education, roadside safety checks, impaired driving enforcement, public safety announcements, and Teen DUI presentations has established Evanston as a state leader in traffic safety and…more »

City Kicks off Partnership with CubEnergy saver.com

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Executive Director David Kolata officially kicked off a partnership August 9, 2010 announcing a new campaign to slash Evanston power bills using a new online service that has been showing families how to cut costs by an average of $200 a year. As part of the campaign, CUB, Illinois’ premier consumer watchdog group, will donate to the City of Evanston 5 Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs for every resident who signs up for CUBenergysaver.com up…more »

Newly Formed Evanston Green Ribbon Committee Tackles Climate Change

Posted in Green Ribbon Committee

Earlier this year, seven of the largest employers in Evanston launched a new initiative to support the city’s efforts to curb local impacts to climate change by forming the Evanston Green Ribbon Committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, NorthShore Evanston Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, School District 65, School District 202 Evanston Township High School (ETHS) and Rotary International. The Evanston Green Ribbon Committee will work collaboratively on various strategies outlined in the…more »

Evanston-Northwestern Relations on Upswing According to Princeton Review

Posted in Northwestern University

According to a recent Princeton Review survey, town-gown relations in Evanston have gotten better in the past year. This week the Princeton Review released its 2011 edition “The Best Colleges” which includes a survey of students at 373 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The 62 ranking lists are based on surveys of 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) during the 2009-10 and/or previous two school years. The…more »

Comments of Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz Regarding New Deployment of Evanston Fire Department

COE Fire Dept Press Release…more »

Eco Corner: Paint Disposal Options

It’s summer. The weather is finally warm enough to tackle all of the home improvement projects you ignored during the winter months. Yes, that means it’s time to clean up that mess in the garage. But the task can be so very daunting. There are so many things that you just don’t know what to do with. What should you do with that old bike? Those stacks of books? The box of old photographs? What about those half-filled paint…more »