News Posted in: January 2011

Second Bid Package for NSP2 Rehab Work to be Released

Posted in bid package, NSP2

The second bid package for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) rehabilitation work is expected to be released on Friday, February 4th at 10 a.m. Bid packages will be available for pick-up through Friday, February 11th in Room 3107 of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. Bids will be due by noon on Friday, March 4th. Inspections of the properties will occur on Wednesday, February 9th and February 16th. A detailed schedule will be included in…more »

City Begins Battery Recycling Program

The City of Evanston is happy to announce that, as a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), it will now be a drop-off location for battery recycling. The program is an agreement between SWANC and Interstate Batteries that is being provided on an on-going basis to SWANCC member communities. SWANCC is sponsoring this event because common household alkaline batteries are no longer accepted at IEPA-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste events due to their benign nature…more »

Big Ten City Managers Group Meets in Evanston to Discuss Sustainability

The City of Evanston hosted the Winter meeting of the Big Ten City Managers group Thursday and Friday this week. The Big Ten City Managers group is made up of the City Managers of the six cities with the Council-Manager form of government that host Big Ten Conference universities (Evanston, IL; Champaign, IL; State College, PA; Ann Arbor, MI; East Lansing, MI; and Iowa City, IA). Each meeting is focused around an issue facing communities and representatives from all twelve…more »

Public Encouraged to Comment on CTA Proposed Improvements to Purple Line

Posted in CTA, Intergovernmental Affairs, Transportation

On January 27 the CTA held a Public Scoping Meeting in Evanston to highlight their proposed improvements to the Purple Line in Evanston. Read proposals here>>>  View the City of Evanston's Quick Fact Sheet here>>> The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing to make improvements, subject to the availability of funding, to the North Red and Purple Lines. The improvements are proposed in order to bring the existing transit stations, track systems and structures into a state of good repair…more »

Evanston CTA Public Meeting Media Coverage

Posted in CTA, Intergovernmental Affairs, Transportation

Last night the CTA held a Public Scoping Meeting at the Fleetwood-Jourdain where community members were able to view the various proposals to modernize the Purple Line and make comments. The event was well attended by residents, students and elected officials. Learn more about the CTA project and how you can make your voice heard here>>>   The following is some media coverage of the event: CTA could close stops on Red, Purple lines |  ABC 7 CTA Riders Voice…more »

City of Evanston Continues to Address Rental Standards & Requirements

There have been several reports in local media regarding changes to the City of Evanston’s enforcement of housing standards, specifically concerning multiple occupancy and illegal alterations to residential units. The City has no plan to change its enforcement strategy today or in the future. There has been discussion in the press that on July 1, 2011 the City will change this strategy. This statement is incorrect. The City of Evanston has enforced these laws regularly through the years and will…more »

Sign-up to Become an Evanston Advocate

Posted in Evanston Advocate, Intergovernmental Affairs

Are you planning to attend the CTA Public Scoping Meeting on January 27th to understand how the Chicago Transit Authority’s long term modernization of the Purple Line will affect the condition of the CTA stations here in Evanston or how long it will take your family to get into the Chicago Loop? Do you want to know what laws being debated in Springfield or Washington, DC will affect your family here in Evanston? Do you want to understand how the…more »

Property Reassessment Appeal Seminar for Evanston Township Taxpayers Feb. 1

Posted in Cook County, Cook County Board of Appeal, Property Taxes, Suffredin, Township Assessor

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (District 13), the Cook County Board of Review and Evanston Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson are sponsoring a property reassessment appeal seminar for Evanston Township residents. Property Reassessment Appeal Seminar Tuesday, February 1,2011 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Joseph E. Hill Educational Center 1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston The Board of Review will conduct the seminar. The seminar will inform homeowners how to appeal, where to gather evidence for an appeal with the Board of Review and…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Attends U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in D.C.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl spent three days last week in Washington, DC to attend the 79th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Mayor Tisdahl attended a variety of meetings and functions while at the conference. Highlights included: • Joined a delegation of Mayors for a meeting with President Obama at the White House. The Mayors stressed the importance of continued funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and stressed the need for continued focus by the Obama…more »

Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness Begins Work

Posted in Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness

Recently Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness to address an issue that has been made even more prevalent in the Evanston community in the light of the recent recession. The task force will be comprised of government business, civic, service, education and faith-based leaders in the community appointed by the mayor. “In recent years, Evanston has seen a rise in the number of people who are homeless or precariously housed, including more…more »

Commander Jeffrey Jamraz & Sergeant Daniel Russell to Be Promoted Jan. 24

At the January 24, 2011 meeting of the Evanston City Council Evanston Police Department Commander Jeffrey Jamraz will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Police Chief following the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Demitrous Cook in December, 2010. Additionally, Sergeant Daniel Russell will be promoted to the rank of Commander during the same meeting. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005, seventeen years after joining the department as a patrol officer, Jeff Jamraz has served as a supervisor…more »

Evanston tops all communities in CUB Energy Saver challenge

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) announced this month that the City of Evanston won the CUB Energy Saver Community Competition with the most members and most electricity savings in 2010 and has won 10,000 Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. CUBEnergySaver.com is the nation's first free online service that gives households a plan to save hundreds of dollars a year, tracks savings by connecting to power bills and rewards families with movie tickets, gift cards, museum passes and other items for…more »

City Launches New Transparency Website

Posted in Transparency

The City of Evanston strives to promote transparency in all operations. By providing as much data as possible through our website, residents can be better informed about what is going on in their city. Transparency promotes accountability and openness and it is our hope that by being transparent we can help improve our effectiveness and the efficiency of city operations. The launch of our new Transparency site exhibits our commitment as a city to our residents to do just that.…more »

Evanston Police Operation "Hard Swipe" Fugitive Arrested

Back in September of 2010, members of the Evanston Police Departments Neighborhood Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) were instrumental in spearheading and coordinating a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort, targeting gang members and street level open air drug markets. As an outgrowth of this operation, it was determined that Isam Abdelquader Alamawi, the operator of Ramy’s Foods, located at 1723 Simpson, Evanston, Illinois, was selling narcotics and conducting fraudulent Illinois LINK Card transactions. Investigators developed intelligence indicating Alamawi would swipe Illinois LINK cards,…more »

Be Aware of Mail & Internet Scams

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Most Likely Is - Public Service Announcement from the Evanston Police Department Evanston citizens should be aware of a scam going around, via the Internet and U.S. Mail. The randomly selected target of these scams receives an e-mail correspondence from a company, in this example a Shopping Network, employing secret shoppers. The company offers to pay the “mystery shopper” a fee for their services. The e-mail informs the victim that they…more »

Results of Evanston Police Department's Holiday Traffic Enforcement Initiative

The Evanston Police Department has concluded the Christmas/ New Year’s holiday STEP grant enforcement. The purpose of this campaign was to reduce the incident of motor vehicle crashes, and resulting injuries and fatalities, through increased highly visible enforcement mobilizations. This most recent mobilization ran from December 17th through January 2nd – specifically targeting the evening rush hours, and night time hours. Officers set up stationary enforcement zones in high traffic areas with an emphasis on safety restraints and impaired driving,…more »