News Posted in: February 2011

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

All links are Adobe PDF files unless otherwise indicated. 1.  Farewell to Alderman Jean-Baptiste as he leaves to become a Cook County Circuit Court Judge 2.  Consideration of new City policy on sponsorship and advertising and consideration of RFP for a pilot program for an advertising on City property.  The City is beginning a process of being more aggressive in bringing in non-tax revenue to support City services.  These items are among the first in this new effort.  The pilot advertising…more »

The Mayor's 2011 State of the City Address

Please find the text to Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl's 2011 State of the City Address here>>>. Watch the Address here>>>…more »

Health Dept. Update on Haven Middle School Food Borne Illness

On Thursday, February 17, 2011 the City of Evanston Health Department was contacted by Evanston School District 65 regarding 30 individuals becoming ill after eating food catered from Merle’s Smokehouse of Evanston at a Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Wednesday February 16, 2011. Upon notification by District 65 staff, the Evanston Health Department began an immediate investigation and was able to collect samples of the catered food, which were sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Laboratory in Springfield…more »

Council Says Farewell to Alderman Jean-Baptiste

The February 28, 2011 meeting of the Evanston City Council marked the end of an era when Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and fellow Aldermen honored Second Ward Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste for his ten years of service to the City Council and his dedication to community service. Recently the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the 9th Sub-circuit Court of Cook County. Jean-Baptiste's appointment will take effect March 4, 2011. During his tenure, Alderman Jean-Baptiste championed equity across the board in the areas of service delivery,…more »

First Bank & Trust Receives Leadership Award

The Evanston Arts Council’s Arts & Business Committee has named First Bank & Trust the recipient of its 2010 Leadership Award. The annual award honors an Evanston-based business that has shown extraordinary support for the arts in Evanston, either financially or through the provision of in-kind services, or both. The award was presented at the annual Mayor’s State of the City luncheon on February 25. “We are so happy to be honoring First Bank. In 2010 alone, they supported over…more »

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced

      Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Award for the Arts: Evanston Children’s Choir and television personality Bill Campbell. The awards were presented at the Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon on February 25, 2011. The Mayor’s Award for the Arts is presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public.…more »

Evanston Police Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted in Police

On 2-24-11, at approximately 6:14 a.m. Evanston police responded to the area of Oakton St. and Callan Ave. Evanston, Illinois referencing a motor vehicle accident. Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver was traveling east bound on Oakton St. and failed to negotiate the north bound turn. The driver then struck the railroad embankment at a speed estimated to be higher then the posted speed limit for that section of the road. It was determined at the scene of the accident…more »

SASI Free Community Programs for Older Adults & Family Caregivers

The City of Evanston would like to share with community programs offered by Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) for older adults and family caregivers for March and April. Since1975, SASI has been helping adults who, due to aging, illness or injury, need assistance to be safe and comfortable at home. SASI is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide home care as both a Home Services Agency and a Home Services Placement Agency. Caring for Someone…more »

Notice Regarding City's Battery Recycling Program

Posted in recycling

Battery Recycling Program Limited to Individual Residents Only - Not Institutions The City of Evanston, as a member community of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), began a battery recycling program this January. This program was started for individual households because household alkaline batteries are no longer accepted at IEPA-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste events due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. Learn more about Evanston's Battery Recycling Program and Locations here>>> With that said, a…more »

UPDATED - Water Shut Down-Thayer and Highland

The shut down area has been corrected. So water will be shut down at 9:30 am for 4 hours at: 3100 block of Thayer 2707 Highland…more »

Citizen Police Academy Still Taking Applications for March 3rd Class

The Citizen Police Academy is a twelve week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Evanston Police Department. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. There are two academy sessions per year (Spring & Fall Sessions) and each class size is limited to approximately 25 students. The academy is FREE to anyone who lives or work in Evanston. Next Twelve Week…more »

Registration now open for W.O.W.

Registration is now open for the City of Evanston's Women Out Walking (W.O.W.) Program. W.O.W. is a 12 week walking program designed to encourage women in Evanston to lead healthier lifestyles and become more physically active. Using walking as the foundation, individuals and teams of women are asked to track their steps and seek to improve their activity level on a weekly basis. Additionally, participants are invited to attend workshops that provide tips and education in the areas of nutrition…more »

City Seeks Members for New Resource Development Committees

The City of Evanston is looking to secure additional revenues from non-traditional sources such as corporate, foundation and government resources. As a first step in this process, the city is seeking a diverse array of community members to serve on two eleven-member resource development committees that will support the Police and Fire Departments and another to support an Evanston-based Federally Qualified Health Center. The deadline to submit an application is February 25, 2011 at 5 p.m. “Nearly 75 percent of…more »

Volunteer Evanston Website Launched

Want to volunteer in Evanston? Visit the newly developed VOLUNTEER EVANSTON PROGRAM website. The Volunteer Evanston Program strives to promote and support community services and programs through volunteerism community-wide. It is our mission to connect volunteers to opportunities in Evanston and assist local organizations that serve the Evanston community. This program is part of a collaborative effort with the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Evanston Community Foundation, School District 202 and School District 65. The website will connect volunteers…more »

Spotlight on Evanston Businesses: Ashley Lauren

Posted in Spotlight on Evanston Businesses

Georgia Parker is the founder and owner of Ashley Lauren Natural Products, located in downtown Evanston. This business is a prestige beauty brand that manufactures and distributes natural hair and skin products for multi-cultural clientele. The retail store moved to 1106 Davis in 2001 and then moved to 1102 Davis in 2004. Recently, Georgia was contacted by NBC who expressed interest in doing a story about her business for an upcoming feature of Someone You Should Know. The reporter told Georgia…more »

Income Tax Preparation for Seniors

Posted in Levy Senior Center tax assistance AARP

    March 22, 2011 update: All appointments have been booked, but staff at the Levy Center will keep a waiting list in case there are cancellations.      It is tax time again! AARP tax volunteers will once again prepare simple tax returns for low- to middle-income seniors. One hour appointments will be available through April 14. Appointments are filling quickly; call 847/448-8250. Levy Center appointments take place at 300 Dodge Avenue in the Computer Lab Tuesdays from 9am-4pm and Thursdays…more »

Long-time Evanston Alderman Jean-Baptiste Appointed Circuit Judge

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Evanston Second Ward Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste to the 9th Sub-circuit vacancy created by the recent death of Judge Gerald C. Bender. Jean-Baptiste's appointment will take effect March 4, 2011 and terminates December 3, 2012. He will resign his aldermanic position effective February 28, 2011 at which time Mayor Tisdahl will appoint his replacement for the balance of his term. Alderman Jean-Baptiste has a law practice in the City of Evanston and was first elected…more »

Letter from Mayor Tisdahl Regarding 2nd Ward Ald. Jean-Baptiste

It is with mixed emotion that I have accepted Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste’s resignation as Alderman from Evanston’s Second Ward. Alderman Jean-Baptiste has served the City of Evanston with distinction; serving as a tireless advocate not only for his residents, but for the larger Evanston community in many important areas. His appointment to the Cook County Circuit Court will allow all county residents to benefit from his good judgment and understanding of issues faced by all members of our community. Jean-Baptiste’s…more »

Rebuilding Haiti's Libraries, Rebuilding Dreams

On March 20th the Evanston Public Library will be hosting the Rebuilding Haiti's Libraries: Rebuilding Dreams program. Evanston resident and local librarian Deborah Lazar talks about her Haitian fundraising project and her trips to Haiti to help rebuild libraries with the American Library Association’s Haiti Library Relief Fund. American Library Association’s International Relations Director, Michael Dowling, will also share information of other ongoing projects in the national and global community. The program will include a cultural overview and Haitian refreshments, and…more »

First Bank & Trust Receives Leadership Award

Posted in Evanston Arts Council Arts & Business Committee

The Evanston Arts Council’s Arts & Business Committee has named First Bank & Trust the recipient of its 2010 Leadership Award. The annual award honors an Evanston-based business that has shown extraordinary support for the arts in Evanston, either financially or through the provision of in-kind services, or both. The award will be presented at the annual Mayor’s State of the City luncheon on Friday, February 25. “We are so happy to be honoring First Bank. In 2010 alone, they supported…more »

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced

City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Award for the Arts: Evanston Children's Choir and television personality Bill Campbell. The awards will be presented Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon on Friday, February 25, at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston. The Mayor’s Award for the Arts is presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations…more »

Brillianteen Announces its 60th Production of Classic Soul Musical "The Wiz"

Posted in YMCA

Brillianteen, the McGaw YMCA’a longstanding Evanston tradition, is proud to present for its 60th Brillianteen production, The Wiz. The show will be performed at King Lab School Auditorium February 26-27 and March 4-6, 2011. The winner of 7 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography, The Wiz is the classic fairy-tale retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz set to a funky rock and soul score with a modern day twist. With music by…more »

Chromium Results Made Available - Evanston Water More than Exceeds Standards

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune indicated that Chromium VI had been detected in the City of Chicago’s drinking water at a level of 0.18 ppb. Based on the proximity of the City of Evanston’s water intakes to Chicago’s and similarities in the water treatment processes, city staff assumed that the level of Chromium VI in the Evanston drinking water would be approximately the same as Chicago’s. “As previously reported, the City of Evanston has annually tested for total…more »

Extreme Cold Information from Evanston Health Dept.

As Evanston recovers from this week’s snowstorm, the City now faces extreme cold temperatures and offers a variety of services to protect the public. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoor or outdoor can be dangerous to anyone, but particularly the elderly, infants and young children, persons with disabilities, and people on medication. The Evanston Health Department reminds residents of the health dangers of extreme low temperatures and tips on how to stay warm. Hypothermia - the most serious of cold-related…more »