News Posted in: November 2010

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking The Tree If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk. Make…more »

Winners of the Fifth Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Announced

City of Evanston’s Fifth Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest were announced at the Administration and Public Works Committee Meeting on November 22. The City of Evanston Streets and Sanitation Division invited all public and private schools in Evanston to paint murals on the blades of its snow plows for its annual Painting Evanston's Plows (P.E.P) contest. A few of the City's snow plows will be looking particularly festive in preparation for the coming winter season, thanks to some teachers and students in seven…more »

Evanston Covered in ABC 7 Mini Tour on Metra

ABC Channel 7 News coordinated with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce  a mini-tour of Evanston based on the Main Street Metra Station. Chamber staff and board members coordinated with local shops, restaurants, and attractions. View the coverage here>>>…more »

Evanston Aldermen Wynne & Grover Make Case to CTA Board about Purple Line Viaduct Repairs

Posted in CTA

Last week Evanston Aldermen Melissa Wynne (Third Ward) and Jane Grover (Seventh Ward) attended the November CTA Board meeting on behalf of the City of Evanston. The purpose of the visit was to advocate for the inclusion of funding for three Evanston Purple Line viaducts to CTA’s five year capital plan. “I am so energized to lend Evanston’s support to the CTA Board’s discussion regarding adding funding to the CTA’s capital plan to make needed replacements to three of the…more »

Township Assessor's Office Extends Hours for Property Tax Period

The Evanston Township Assessor's Office will have extended office hours until December 13th during the second installment tax bill period. Taxpayers can bring in their Cook County Property Tax bills if they have questions about the various exemptions that they might be eligible including Homeowners, Senior Citizen, Senior Freeze, Home Improvement, Returning Veterans', Disabled Veterans' or Disabled Persons' Exemptions.  The office will be open on Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Also, the office will be open on Saturday November 20, 2010 and…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Speaks on Public Safety Pension Reform at State Capital Press Conference

Posted in Pensions

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl traveled to Springfield Tuesday to speak at a noontime press conference of Illinois Mayors urging the General Assembly to enact real pension reform for police and fire pensions. The General Assembly is set to begin consideration of a package of reforms tomorrow. The press conference was sponsored by Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities, a coalition of Illinois local governments including Evanston. The press release from the event can be found here>>> Mayor Tisdahl also met with…more »

Family to Family Education Program

Posted in Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering its free 12 week Family to Family Education Program, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon, beginning February 5, 2011 through April 30, 2011. This program is designed for family members and friends of adults with mental illness. The class covers schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, co-occurring addictive disorders, as well as medications, coping skills, recovery and relapse. Classes will be held at the Evanston Civic Center. To register call Joyce at 847/853-6191…more »

EPL Announces Wireless Internet & Computer Upgrades

The Evanston Public Library recently upgraded its wireless internet service along with many upgrades to computers throughout the Library. Laptop users will find this much needed and anticipated upgrade to our wireless connection a welcome enhancement. They will experience faster Internet connections, fewer dropped connections and more consistent access on all floors. Likewise, customers using the Library’s new PCs will find improved access to the various resources available. Through funding from the City of Evanston’s Capital Improvement Program, the Information…more »

Start Getting in Shape for Winter

Posted in fitness, in-shape

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Center Fitness Room, at 1655 Foster St., is a bright, beautiful place to work out with everything you need to stay fit. Machines include: Tunturi exercycles, Precor Ergocycles, AeroStep Steppers, and a Trotter treadmill. Membership options for adults age 18 and older are one year for $210, six months for $100, and one month for $35. The daily, non-member fee is $10. The Fitness Room is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8…more »

Veterans Day 2010 Photos from Evanston's Fountain Square

Posted in Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day 2010 Evanston’s Fountain Square with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Lorraine H. Morton, former mayor of Evanston. View photos here>>>…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Youth Raise Money for United Way

Local middle school students from Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center's After-School program held a bake sale last month with proceeds to go to North Shore United Way. They were recognized by the Evanston City Council on Monday, November 8, 2010 for their efforts. The students presented the generous donation to local United Way representative, Alex Roveda. Ms. Roveda thanked the group for thinking of United Way, "If these children are the future of tomorrow, I am very inspired." The proceeds from the bake…more »

Evanston Police Detective Receives Award for Most Innovative Blood Drive Coordinator for 2010

In November 2009, Evanston Police Detective Joseph Bush was severely injured in an accident on his way to work. Detective Bush’s injuries were as such, that doctors did not think Officer Bush would survive. This is when friend and fellow Detective Tracy Williams learned that Detective Bush would need many blood transfusions. Detective Williams then contacted LifeSource, Chicagoland's Blood Center, and the Joseph Bush Replacement Fund Blood Drive was soon scheduled for December of 2009. To promote the blood drive, Detective Williams…more »

Evanston Resident & Nobel Prize Winner Presented Key to City

Dale T. Mortensen, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and 2010 Nobel Prize winner, was recognized and presented the key to the City by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the November 8, 2010 meeting of the Evanston City Council. View photos of the ceremony here>>> Mortensen won the prize in Economic Sciences with Peter Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Christopher Pissarides, London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. The three economists will share a total prize…more »

Channel 16 Now Streaming on the Internet

The Evanston Community Media Center is now streaming Channel 16 live over the Internet 24 hours a day. Folks all over the world will now be able to see the City Council live and also able to watch scheduled playbacks. The City has added the feed to our website Thanks to ECMC Executive Director Steve Bartlebaugh and his team for making this happen.…more »

New Pay by Space Parking at Main Library

Posted in library, parking, pay system

Starting Tuesday, November 2nd, the parking meters in the parking garage below the Main Library will be replaced with a “pay by space” system. This system will be more convenient for customers and be less expensive for the City to operate. Located in the lower level lobby, the pay station (in photo) will accept credit cards, currency, and coin for parking. Each of the parking spaces is numbered. When someone parks, they will pay for parking at the pay station…more »

Evanston: a Peaceable City, an Intergenerational Community Conversation

The Evanston Public Library and Peaceable Cities Evanston invite Evanston teens and adults to imagine how to create together a completely peaceable city by 2020, in which all relationships in families schools, businesses and neighborhoods are rooted in respect and kindness. Registration is required and limited. Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 847/448-8630. Saturday, November 20, 9:00 am - noon, Community Meeting Room, Main Library. For further information, contact Joey Rodger, Acting Executive Director Peaceable Cities Evanston,…more »

Griffin Appointed Community and Economic Development Director

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has announced the appointment of Stephen K. Griffin as Director of Community and Economic Development. Mr. Griffin will begin his duties on November 29, 2010. Griffin brings to the position twenty five years of municipal community development experience. Griffin is currently Director of Planning for Prince William County, Virginia where he has held that position since 2002. Prior to his service in Prince William County, Griffin was Director of Planning in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and…more »

Solid Waste Service Changes Begin

Posted in Solid Waste

Effective November 1, 2010, the City of Evanston has made changes to the service providers for solid waste services. The changes will save the City over $500,000 per year and implement the final recommendations of the solid waste overview that began over three years ago. The new service providers along with the service are as follows:                                                                       Service                                                                    Provider Residential Refuse                                    …more »