News Posted in: March 2011

A Day in Springfield Evanston Style

Evanston Day in Springfield 2011 Over 75 Evanston residents and business leaders visited Springfield on Wednesday for the Second Annual Evanston Day in Springfield. The group was led by Mayor Tisdahl and included Aldermen Braithwaite, Burrus and Grover, board members and superintendents from Districts 65 and 202 as well as leaders from many of the city's non-profit organizations. In addition, NU President Morton Schapiro and Athletic Director Jim Phillips were also in Springfield with us meeting with key leaders. Full…more »

No Snow Stickers - No Fooling

This week's Evanston RoundTable has an amusing story about the City's plans to require stickers to shovel snow like the stickers required for leaf bags. The story is dated April 1.  April Fool's Day.  The article is a joke.... The City of Evanston has no plans to change its snow removal operations, although we did think about forwarding all 311 calls on April 1 to the offices of the Evanston RoundTable.…more »

CGE Photo Contest 2011

People, Planet and Harmony: a Juried Environmental Themed Photo Contest Evanston based Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE), in partnership with the City of Evanston and ISEN (Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern), is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a juried environmental themed photography contest: People, Planet and Harmony. Photo submissions should illustrate the interaction between humans and nature, both in a positive and negative light, and can be taken both in Evanston and around the world. The winning…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Opposes State Senate Republican Budget Cut Plan

Posted in Budget

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is joining Mayors throughout Illinois expressing grave concern about drastic service reductions or significant property tax increases that would result from recently proposed cuts to local government revenues disbursed by the state. The proposed cuts being discussed would mean a reduction of State revenue to Evanston of over $2 million annually. Last week Mayor Tisdahl attended a joint meeting of the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) Executive Board and Legislative Committee (which she serves as a member of…more »

Fireman's Park Neighbors Say Thank You!

This Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m., members of the neighborhood adjacent to Fireman’s Park will present a framed photo taken of all the neighborhood children enjoying the newly renovated park that was coordinated through efforts of off duty firefighter’s and members of Local 742. Members of the Swanson Family will present this framed photo at an informal ceremony Saturday at 3 p.m. at Fire Station #1 located at 1332 Emerson St.…more »

City Seeks Public Input on Options for 1817 Church St. Site

The City of Evanston’s Housing & Community Development Act Committee is seeking public input from the Evanston community regarding the redevelopment and potential uses of the city-owned site at 1817 Church St. The committee is sharing with the community historical documents to provide background, as well as information on the current condition of the site. Supporting documents: 1993 RFP; 2010 RFP; and 2011 Building Condition Information Any public comments regarding the site will be heard at the April 26, 2011…more »

Fire Captain Block to be Promoted to Division Chief

Fire Captain Geoff Block will be promoted to become a new Division Chief of Evanston's Fire and Life-Safety Services effective March 14, 2011. Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said in announcing the promotion that Block’s dedication and commitment to the city and the department throughout his 24 year career "will bring needed experience and complete Klaiber’s command staff structure." Block fills the vacancy left when Division Chief Gannon retired after 29 years of service in October. Block’s duties will include…more »

Water Rate Adjustments Appear on Bills

City water customers will be receiving their water bills, for water usage during January and February, within the next few days. These bills will reflect water and sewer rate increases which were approved by the City Council on October 11, 2010 and a prorated charge for those customers if their previous meter read date was December 31, 2010. The new rate increase went into effect January 1, 2011 and includes a ten percent rate increase for water and a new…more »

Private Elm Tree Insurance Applications Available

Posted in private elm tree insurance dutch disease

Private elm tree insurance is again being offered to Evanston residents through the City of Evanston’s Park/Forestry Division. While the City maintains elm trees on public property, homeowners are responsible for removing diseased elms from their private property. Costs for removing diseased trees can range from $1,000 for a medium-sized tree to more than $4,000 for a very large tree. The Private Elm Tree Insurance Program covers the cost of removing trees lost to Dutch Elm disease. If an insured…more »

Braithwaite Sworn in as New Second Ward Alderman

                        Peter Braithwaite was sworn in as the new Second Ward Alderman at the March 14th meeting of the Evanston City Council. His appointment fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Lionel Jean-Baptiste to the 9th Sub-circuit Court of Cook County. “Peter will be a caring, responsive and idealistic alderman; I am delighted and honored to appoint him to be the Second Ward Alderman,” said Mayor Tisdahl. Alderman Braithwaite…more »

Evanston Awarded CMAP Technical Assistance Grant

The City of Evanston was notified today that it has been awarded a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) technical assistance grant through the agency's new initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP will begin working with 64 local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental…more »

Spring/Summer 2011 "Highlights" Now Available

Posted in Highlights

The Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Highlights has now been delivered to Evanston households and is available online here>>> This edition includes: WOW! Women Out Walking Kicks The 2011 Talking Pictures Festival off March 19th at ETHS - Women Out Walking (WOW) is a 12-week walking and health education campaign to promote health, wellness, community and physical activity for the women of Evanston. WOW is open to women of all ages and fitness levels. Use Local Resources to Kick Your Plastic…more »

Evanston's Big 7 Employers Kick-off Challenge to Save Energy

Posted in CUB Energy Saver

The Citizens Utility Board has partnered with Evanston’s Big Seven employers to be part of CUB Energy Saver’s “Big 7 Savers Challenge," a program that challenges ComEd customers across the state to join teams to recruit the most members or save the most energy. Members of the two winning teams (the team with the most members registered and the team with the most combined energy savings) will be entered into a drawing to win one year of free electricity. is the…more »

Cook County Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Senior Citizen Exemption

County Assessor Joseph Berrios recently announced today that he has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption until March 22nd so that all eligible seniors may take advantage of this important money saving exemption. "We mailed applications to nearly 300,000 taxpayers who received the Senior Exemption last year but still have not heard back from many of the eligible seniors," Berrios explained. "I am concerned that many people still may not be aware that a new law requires them to…more »

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Lowers ISO Rating to Class 2 and Presents 2010 Annual Report

Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services has released its annual report at the February 28th meeting of the Evanston City Council. Highlights for the department include the donation of a $550,000 fire engine by Northwestern University, paramedic advanced training in pediatric care and the award of a $600,000 FEMA Grant for the purchase of a new aerial ladder truck. Also for the first time in 2010, the Department partnered with Evanston’s North Shore University Hospital and participated in paramedic training…more »

CDC Announces Nationwide "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest - $1000 Prize

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DEET Education Program has announced their “Fight the Bite” Poster Contest The contest is for 5th and 6th grade students across the country to submit a poster displaying ways people can protect against tick and mosquito bites and the diseases transmitted through the bites. Each grade will have a national grand prize winner who will receive a wall plaque and a check for $1,000. State winners will receive a $50…more »

Evanston Police Record Significant Drop in Crime for Third Consecutive Year

While other communities throughout the nation may have seen a rise in crime between 2009 and 2010, the City of Evanston has achieved another consecutive year signifying a decline in major part-one crimes*. The Evanston Police Department remains committed and resolute in conducting in-depth investigations, and deceasing the frequency of homicides, which rose from one in 2009 to six in 2010. Illustrating significant declines were part-one crimes consisting of; robbery, which was down a 17.%; aggravated battery & assault, down…more »

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Begin Recruitment Campaign

The City of Evanston's Fire and Life Safety Services has begun a recruitment campaign this week following the City Council's approval of two preference points being awarded to applicants who reside here in Evanston. "Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is seeking motivated and progressive thinking individuals who will be committed to excellence and professionalism," explained Chief Greg Klaiber. "We have a family that is comprised of 107 men and women, which are the cornerstone of the department’s mission." As…more »

City to Use Grant to Conduct Historical Survey of Lakeshore Area

The City of Evanston has contracted with Victoria Granacki and Lara Ramsey of Granacki Historic Consultants to conduct an architectural survey. The purpose of the survey is to assess approximately 323 structures included within the Evanston Lakeshore Historic District, prepare an inventory of their architectural features and current condition, and denote any changes to the structures over time. The survey begins this week and the information will be provided to the City in the form of a computerized database as well…more »

Police Warn of Fundraising Scams

The Evanston Police Department Never Solicits Publicly for Funds or Donations. On occasion the Evanston Police Department receives inquires from citizens who have been contacted by a fundraiser, who claims to be raising funds on behalf of the Evanston Police Department. They speak in veiled generalities, using emotional ploys insinuating the money goes to purchase bulletproof vests or goes to support the survivors of fallen officers. While these causes are very worthwhile when they are legitimate, and some fund raising…more »

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