News Posted in: December 2010

Some New State Laws that Take Effect Jan 1

The City of Evanston's Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Matt Swentkofske reminds residents of several new laws that will take effect in the New Year. On January 1, 2011 numerous changes to Illinois state law take effect. They represent a wide variety of topics and issues that your state legislature deals with on a daily basis. Below you will find a small sampling of the many bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor during the 2009-10…more »

Keep up to Date on Food Recalls & Safety Tips

Want to know about the latest Food Recall? Need Food Safety Tips for you next family dinner? The Evanston health department has posted a widget with the latest food recall information and food safety tips courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Please visit www.cityofevanston.org/health to view the information on the right hand side of the page. If you have additional questions…more »

Chromium in Evanston's Water Has Always Been Below Detection Level

Posted in Chromium, Water Division

The City of Evanston's Water Division has annually tested for total chromium in their drinking water since 1979. However, Underwriter’s Laboratory, the nationally recognized water quality laboratory utilized by Evanston for this type of water analysis, only has equipment capable of measuring the level of total chromium in water to 5.0 parts per billion (ppb). The chromium in Evanston’s water has always been below this detection level and reported as non-detectable, or less than 5.0 ppb. A December 19, 2010 article…more »

Mayor Publicly Calls on TJX Companies to Stay in Evanston - Urges Residents to Write Company

Posted in A.J. Wright, Economic Development, HomeGoods, TJX

At a press conference on December 17, 2010 Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl publicly called on TJX Companies to not pull out of Evanston and urged residents to write the company in support of rebranding existing store into a HomeGoods store. The Mayor was joined by Aldermen Jean-Baptiste, Fiske, Holmes, Tendam, Grover and Rainey along with business owners and neighborhood Association members. TJX Companies, Inc., owners of T.J .Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores, recently announced that they are closing eleven…more »

Tips for a Greener Holiday

The holiday season is finally here and we all get wrapped up into our regular routines of shopping, decorating and spreading cheer. This time of year is also another great opportunity to make small changes that can help reduce waste, protect the environment and help save money too! Here is a list of tactics that show a commitment to the environment in our holiday celebrations. LED lights Now you can decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent…more »

City and Community Partners Help Those in Need for the Holidays

Fire Dept. to Donate Holiday Dinners to Family Focus The Fire Department and Members of Local 742 annually donate twenty Holiday dinners with all the trimmings to Family Focus. Local 742 and others within our department donate Christmas presents to the Salvation Army’s after school youth program, highlighted with a visit by Santa Claus to a party at Station 2 (held this past Saturday). Finally, Local 742 and other members of our department donate gifts to Family Focus highlighted with delivery of those…more »

Retirement of Deputy Police Chief Demitrous Cook

Evanston Deputy Chief Demitrous Cook, Appointed New Chief of Police for the Village of Glenwood, Illinois. Whether it was negotiating the often tough streets of Chicago’s Altgeld Gardens public housing projects, or befriending a child in some of Evanston’s neighborhoods, Deputy Chief Demitrous Cook had the ability to reach across all sectors of society. As a youth Deputy Chief Cook was selected by the prestigious Upward Bound Program, resulting in his attending and graduating from Southern Illinois University. In January…more »

Mayor Meets with County Board President Preckwinkle

Posted in Cook County

Mayor Tisdahl met Saturday morning with new Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Evanston as part of a morning tour of the community hosted by County Commissioner Larry Suffredin. The Mayor raised several issues with Preckwinkle. First, the Mayor asked the County's assistance in the establishment of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in partnership with Erie Family Health Center. Second, the Mayor asked for the County's assistance in obtaining Federal Homeland Security funds to add additional security cameras…more »

Veolia Waste Transfer Station Information

Due to recent concerns regarding the Waste Transfer Station located at 1711 Church Street, the City of Evanston has developed a web page as the hub for public information.  At the bottom of the page you will find contacts of various state and local agencies. Please use the link here to learn more >>>  …more »

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

The 2010 holiday season is finally here, which presents some criminal challenges to our community. Most of you will be shopping, visiting with friends and family or even taking a vacation. Homes will be filled with gifts and goodies and, unfortunately, there are those few who capitalize on the holiday season. The Evanston Police Department Community Strategies Bureau would like to remind all citizens to take extra precaution in securing your residences during this busy season. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY PREVENTION STRATEGIES • The…more »

Homeowners, Landlords & Businesses Must Remove Snow/Ice from Sidewalks

Posted in Snow

The City of Evanston reminds residents and businesses of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from walkways after a winter event. Homeowners & businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a 4" snowfall. If snow is packed and difficult to remove, please use salt or sand to make sidewalks passable. Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times.…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Responds to Chicago Tribune Editorial

Below is text of letter sent today by Mayor Tisdahl to the Chicago Tribune in response to editorial of December 3, 2010 ________________________________________ December 8, 2010 Voice of the People Chicago Tribune 435 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, Ill. 60611 RE: Editorial – December 3, 2010 – “Your Next Debt Bomb” Dear Editor: I am writing to express my concerns about the incomplete information contained in your December 3, 2010 editorial regarding debts and liabilities held by the City of Evanston.…more »

Evanston Police Conduct Homicide Investigation

On 12-8-10 at approximately 1:04 a.m. Evanston Police responded to the 2000 Blk. of Church St., Evanston, Illinois, referencing a citizen report of gun shots and a man down on the ground. Once on scene, officers located the victim, who had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. Evanston Fire Paramedics responded, treated and transported the victim to a local hospital. At 3:39 a.m., the victim succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased by attending physicians. Evanston Police…more »

New City of Evanston Economic Development Manager Appointed

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Radzevich as the City’s new Economic Development Manager. Ms. Radzevich began with the City today. Ms. Radzevich comes to Evanston from Boston where she has worked since 2007 as Vice President for Planning and Permitting for the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. MassDevelopment is the state’s finance and development authority working with private and public-sector clients to stimulate economic growth by eliminating blight, preparing key sites for development,…more »

New Sustainable Programs Coordinator Appointed

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Hurley as the City’s new Sustainable Programs Coordinator. Ms. Hurley started with the City today. Ms. Hurley comes to the City from MWH Americas Inc. where she has been a Supervising Project Manager and Resource Efficiency Management Group Leader since 2003. MWH is a large international water, wastewater, engineering and environmental services company. While at MWH, Catherine managed a water conservation and protection program for the DuPage…more »

New Pedestrian Law and Evanston Crosswalks Explained

Posted in Crosswalks

A change in state law regarding pedestrian crossings and the City of Evanston’s efforts to address pedestrian safety with crosswalk upgrades has recently created some confusion for Evanston motorists. With the potential for snowy and icy conditions in the near future, the City of Evanston and its Department of Public Works’ Transportation and Engineering Division would like to clarify the law and the signs associated with certain crosswalks. As of July 22, 2010 state law changed regarding pedestrians in crosswalks…more »

Fire Department Urges Businesses to Protect Fire Sprinkler Systems in Winter

Freezing temperatures can burst pipes and damage property As cold temperatures approach, Evanston Fire Officials want to remind property owners to maintain minimum heat to protect automatic fire sprinkler systems from freezing and causing costly water damage. This is especially important for businesses that may temporarily close or property owners who may relocate during the winter. Commercial properties across the city, including shopping centers, hotels, condominiums and apartment buildings are typically protected by automatic fire sprinkler systems. These systems are…more »

Help Evanston Families in Need

Posted in Holiday food and toy drive; donations

Donations to the annual holiday toy and food drive sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations will continue to be accepted through Monday, December 20. There are now additional locations to drop off new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items. You may drop off holiday food and unwrapped toys through December 20 at these collection sites: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 1100, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 a. m. to 3:00 p.m. All Fire Stations, before…more »

Morton Civic Center Undergoes Staircase Rebuilding

The main west access staircase to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center was removed recently due to deterioration beyond repair. City staff is developing plans to rebuild this staircase and anticipates construction to begin this winter, weather permitting. Visitors and staff may continue to use the three other entry doors on the west side of the building, including one accessible entrance for persons with disabilities, as well as the two entry doors on the east side of the building. Any…more »