News Posted in: May 2011

Grant Awarded for Senior Lunch Program

The City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has been awarded over $40,000 in funding for a senior congregate lunch program to begin in fall 2011. The grant is administered through AgeOptions, the regional agency that distributes federal funding under the Older Americans Act. This grant will offset the cost of each meal and no eligible senior shall be denied participation because of inability to contribute. The Department received funding for a senior lunch program at two different…more »

EPL Baby Falcons Receive their New Names

Recently at the Evanston Public Library, scientists from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History , the Shedd Aquarium and the Brookfield Zoo banded four baby peregrine falcons, three boys and one girl. They are the eighth batch of baby falcons to be born at the library. About 150 residents, bird watchers and elementary students were in the audience to view this spectacular event. View photo album here>>> The library had a ballot (both on-line and paper) with seven male and seven…more »

Evanston Mayor Tisdahl Meets in Washington, DC on Health Center Project

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl went to Washington, DC Thursday for a series of meetings on behalf of the City’s application for Federal support to create a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Evanston. This FQHC would be managed by Erie Family Health Care in partnership with the City. Accompanying the Mayor on the trip was Dr. Lee Francis, CEO of Erie Family Health Care and Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. The Mayor met with Representative Jan Schakowsky and Senator…more »

Storm Leads to Lock Opening

Due to the heavy rain on Sunday, May 29, the locks in Wilmette were opened from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., releasing untreated water into Lake Michigan. Although Evanston's swimming beaches are not open for the season, the Dog Beach opened April 1. Updates will be posted as they become available. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago generally posts updates here>>>, but there may be a delay due to the Memorial Day holiday.…more »

City's Sustainability Office Launches New Web Pages & E-newsletter

The City of Evanston's Office of Sustainability has recently launched new web pages with up-to-date information on a wide-range of topics from renewable  energy to community resources along with creating its first e-newsletter. The Evanston Office of Sustainability works with City departments, residents, businesses, regional, state and national partners to develop policies and implement initiatives that strengthen the environmental and economic sustainability of Evanston. The Office of Sustainability focuses on seven areas for which they now have newly created, user…more »

City Working to Help Develop Chicago & Main Property, Attract New Business to Main St. Area

  The City of Evanston's Economic Development Division is actively working to leverage the access that the El and Metra bring to Evanston by working to create new work and play opportunities adjacent to these transit stations. One of the keys to the city’s future economic development successes, growing office developments beyond downtown to other parts of Evanston is a priority. In keeping with this goal, the city is working with OMS Evanston LLC to develop the lot located at the…more »

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Puts New Ladder Truck into Service

Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services proudly placed a new 2011 Aerial Tiller Ladder Truck into service today. The new aerial truck was custom built for the City of Evanston by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new fire truck will replace the 1990 Pierce Tiller Ladder presently housed at Fire Station #2 at 702 Madison Street. The new aerial ladder truck was purchased for $958,121. Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services was awarded $600,000 grant towards the purchase through the…more »

Help Stop State Cuts to Evanston- Please Contact your Legislators Today!

Evanston Advocate Action Alert Please Contact your Legislators Today! The General Assembly is completing its work on the 2012 Illinois State Budget, but important decisions still hang in the balance over the next few days. At least one of these proposed pieces, a reduction of the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF), WILL directly affect you as a resident of the City of Evanston. This money is collected at the state level on behalf of local governments and should continue to…more »

State Rep. Biss Pushes "Summer of Service" Initiative

Join State Representative Daniel Biss this summer for a Summer of Service! Contact his office for a list of service projects or make up your own. Spend ten minutes a week taking out the trash for your neighbors or take a few days to volunteer at a food pantry – you determine your time commitment and pick your own projects. Then simply tell him how many cans you donated, the agencies where you volunteered, or which books you read to…more »

Evanston Economic Development Update

Evanston Economic Development Update from Nancy Radzevich, Economic Development Manager, City of Evanston Evanston has long been a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and shop. The strengths of the community have supported the strengths of the overall Evanston economy. With the national economy beginning to see the first signs of recovery, so is the City of Evanston. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the Evanston City Council have identified economic development and economic revitalization as a primary goal for the city.…more »

NU Students Collaborate with Downtown Evanston to Promote Local Businesses

New SmartPhone App Delivers Downtown Evanston Passport Offers Digitally SweetPerk, a student project team in Northwestern University’s NUVention:Web course, announced recently that it is collaborating with Downtown Evanston to introduce a mobile application (app) for the “Passport to Downtown Evanston” program. The app (developed for both the iPhone and Android smart phones) is the brain child of a partnership between students of the university and the downtown Evanston business community. The free app makes it easy for consumers to find and…more »

Preservation & Design Awards for 2011 Announced

At the May 16, 2011 Evanston City Council Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented the 2010 Preservation and Design awards to a handful of local home owners, architects and contractors. View presentation with photos of sites here>>> View photos of winners here>>> Award for Proper Rehabilitation/Alteration: 2100 Ridge – Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (Listed in the National Register of Historic Places) Project: Roof replacement, cornice restoration, replacement of balustrades, new copper gutters, repointing of brick mortar joints. Jury Comments: •…more »

Evanston to Address Environmental Issue of Disposable Carryout Bags at Community Meeting

Posted in Office of Sustainability

The City of Evanston will be holding a community meeting to discuss a proposed ban on disposable carryout bags in the city. The meeting will include a presentation from the Office of Sustainability on the current use and impacts of disposable carryout bags and an overview of the proposed bag ban. A question and comment session will follow. The Community Meeting on Proposed Carryout Bag Ban will be held in the Parasol Room, 4th Floor, Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center,…more »

Evanston Police to Conduct Roadside Safety Checks

The Evanston Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check beginning on Friday May 27, 2011, from 10:00 p.m. to Saturday May 28, 2011 at 4:00 a.m. The safety check will be conducted in a high volume traffic area within the City of Evanston. The objectives of the Roadside Safety Check are designed to reduce traffic crashes and the liability associated with violations of vehicular safety laws. Our goal is to detect and enforce violations associated with impaired driving,…more »

City's Water Lab Receives Highest Marks from State

Posted in Water Quality Laboratory

The City of Evanston's Water Quality Laboratory is audited every two years by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The audit consists of an onsite evaluation in which procedures, records and equipment are inspected. Over 200 different criteria must be met in order to be in perfect compliance with Zero Deviations. " We are proud to report that once again the Laboratory achieved a Zero Deviation evaluation," explained Utility Department Director Dave Stoneback. "The lab has achieved Zero Deviation status for…more »

West Nile Virus Season is Here - Tips and Reminders to Stay Safe

Posted in West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus season begins in May and the Evanston Health Department is asking residents to inspect their yards and homes for any containers holding water for more than three days. These containers include watering cans, pet dishes, Frisbees and plastic cups among others. West Nile Virus mosquitoes are not associated with floods but rather heat and drought. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most…more »

Action Alert - Please Contact Your State Elected Officials Today Regarding the State Budget

The Illinois General Assembly will finalize the state budget over the remaining weeks of May. Legislators in Springfield are busy analyzing varying ways to reach a balanced budget that reduces overall spending while not eliminating necessary state programs. Cities, villages, and towns all find themselves looking at possible reductions in state-collected local government revenues as part of the final state budget solution. If these severe reductions are included in the state budget then the City of Evanston will be faced…more »

Children's Day at Fleetwood-Jourdain a Success

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center held its annual afternoon dedicated to children on Sunday, May 1, 2011. There was face painting, games, food and fun! The fun also included a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers! Photo album here>>>…more »

The 33rd Annual Evanston Public Library Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards Announced

The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards is a competition open to all adult and high school age Chicago area poets. There is also an elementary and middle school category open to Evanston elementary and middle school students. The awards are funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield, who found pleasure and delight in poetry. The Thirty-third annual Hirshfield Poetry Competition is now closed and the winners have been announced.  …more »