News Posted in: June 2011

Library Director Johns Resigns

Evanston Library Director Mary Johns has submitted her resignation effective July 15, 2011. Ms. Johns has been appointed Library Director of the Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a joint library system of the City of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County, South Dakota. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has appointed Lesley Williams to serve as Acting Library Director beginning July 16 until an Interim Library Director is selected. Williams is currently the Adult Services Manager of the Evanston Public Library.…more »

Community Makes Measurable Progress with Evanston Climate Action Plan

Since the Evanston Climate Action Plan was developed in 2008, the City of Evanston has made steady progress to implement the plan and its approximately 220 strategies. Based on input from all of the City departments and community partners, 115 of the strategies identified in the plan have been initiated, completed or are in the progress of being implemented. Based on the City’s annual assessment of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation of the Climate Action Plan has resulted in a…more »

Whole Foods Community Support Day to Benefit Evanston Children

Posted in Whole Foods Community Support Day

Did you know that buying groceries can help educate a child? Whole Foods Market Downtown Evanston will donate 5% of their daily net sales on Wednesday, June 29 for a Community Support Day to benefit educational programs at City of Evanston summer camps through the Evanston Parks Foundation. On June 29, go to Whole Foods Market Downtown Evanston to stock your cupboards and refrigerator for your summertime grilling and picnics. The store is located at 1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Store…more »

No Cause for Concern Over Elm Tree Inoculation Devices

The City of Evanston's elm tree inoculation program is under way and some residents have been concerned that the devices could potentially be hazardous. An outside contractor has been hired to conduct this program and will be hanging signs on the devices in order to alert the public as to their purpose. In order to inject an elm tree with fungicide, the contractor uses a large plastic can, a hose, and battery; please see the accompanying photo for an example of a device in service.…more »

Evanston's 2010 Water Quality Report Now Available

All drinking water providers are required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to submit to residents a water quality report known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) each year by July 1st. The Evanston Water Utility is proud that water quality has met or exceeded all drinking water standards as evidenced in this year's CCR. Please find the City of Evanston's 2010 Water Quality Report here>>>  …more »

Evanston Fire and life Safety Services Launches Community Based CPR Training Program

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber announced today another community partnership to maintain the highest level of customer service to the residents of Evanston and to promote emergency preparedness. Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is offering to residents and local businesses two CPR courses that are authorized by the American Heart Association. The Health Care Provider course will be offered to health care professionals and the Heart Saver course will be offered to the general public. Evanston Fire and Life Safety…more »

Evanston Winner 2011 Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award

Evanston, IL Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker have been selected as the nation’s top winners in the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart. The annual awards program in its fifth year recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An independent panel of judges selected the winners from a pool of 130 applicants. “Traveling throughout nation and…more »

New Illinois workNet Center Opens at EPL, Offers Job Search & Career Services

Staff from the Evanston Public Library and Workforce Board of Northern Cook County recently partnered to offer job search and career services to community members at the Evanston Public Library. With the closing of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) office in Evanston, there is a considerable gap in service to residents seeking job skills and jobs. These services were previously provided by the Illinois workNet in the Evanston IDES office. The Evanston Public Library already provides access to…more »

E.P.D. Begins Late-Night Enforcement Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

The Evanston Police Department will be conducting a roadside safety check point this Friday evening, June 17th. Officers from the Traffic Bureau will be conducting a fixed checkpoint at locations in Evanston and have mobile patrols looking for drivers who are not in compliance with wearing seatbelts and drivers who are impaired. The night time enforcement is most effective because this is the deadliest time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of…more »

Evanston Scores 91.7 in IL Policy Institute "Local Transparency Project"

The City of Evanston is proud to announce that the city has received a 91.7 ranking from the Illinois Policy Institute in the area of government transparency, receiving the second highest score they have ever given to an Illinois government. More here>>> The city is committed to being a leader not only in Illinois, but nationally, in making the workings of our city government transparent. Evanston residents provide us regular feedback on what kinds of information they would like to have…more »

Summer Time Youth Safety & Curfew

The Evanston Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of the community it serves. A large part of this community encompasses our youth and the need for watching out for our younger members of society. As a result of this safety concern for the youth in Evanston, a more restrictive curfew ordinance exists than in some other communities and is more restrictive than the curfew imposed by Illinois law. This was done as a step to keep our youth…more »

2011 Evanston Police Awards Ceremony - Video

On June 9, 2011 the Evanston Police Department recognized police offices from various law enforcement agencies along with residents for their acts of heroism in keeping our community safe. View the video here>>> or watch below Awards issued: • Medal of Valor This is the highest award that can be given to Department members who, by an act of outstanding bravery or heroism, has demonstrated a great degree of selflessness and personal courage which resulted in the saving of a human…more »

New Youth Beach Pass Program Announced

Posted in swimming beaches

As part of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s Safe Summer initiative to promote safe and fun activities for Evanston teens, the City of Evanston has created 10-punch passes for free beach admittance. The pass is valid for entry to any of Evanston's five public swimming beaches through Labor Day; use is limited to the passholder. Starting Thursday, June 16, Evanston youth age 13 to 18 years of age may pick up a pass at any of four locations. Passes will be available…more »

City Wins 2011 International Institute of Municipal Clerks' Excellence in Governance Award

City Clerk Rodney Greene was presented with the 2011 International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ (IIMC) Excellence in Governance Award recently at the 65th Conference that was held in Nashville, Tennessee for an innovation in how the city issues Real Estate Transfer Tax stamps. In 1986, the City of Evanston enacted a Real Estate Transfer Tax (Ord. 33-O-86) on the transfer of real property. The City Clerk’s office collects the tax and issues exemptions from the tax. It is paid by…more »

Twilight Historical Kayak Tours

  Summer is finally here! Celebrate the arrival of the season with the summer's first kayaking event. Since 1997, Wateriders has offered historical kayak tours on the Chicago River downtown. This summer, the Evanston Recreation Division and Wateriders are offering a unique look at Evanston’s history and architecture from the peaceful platform of a kayak. No experience is required for this leisurely paddle. We’ll explore the history of Evanston and its lakefront and how Daniel Burnham’s Evanston-based visions remade our…more »

City Launches G.R.E.E.N. Program through Federal Grant, Names May Winners

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department launched the “Get Caught” program this May where the Sanitation Division goes out into the community to monitor waste streams to identify households that are thinking G.R.E.E.N. (Greater Recycling in Every Evanston Neighborhood). Five residents were selected from each ward and ten businesses citywide for their efforts to recycle more and were sent a letter of appreciation along with a “green” token of appreciation. The “green” token for the month of May is…more »

Water Shut Down- 900 and 1000 block of McDaniel Av

Water will be shut down today for contractor’s work at: 9:00 am for 4 hours 900 block of McDaniel 2421 Bradley Pl 10:00 am for 4 hours 1000 block of McDaniel…more »

Evanston Police Launch New "Text-a-Tip" Program

The Evanston Police Department has initiated a new program to assist in clearing unsolved crimes or crimes being committed that police are not aware of. The program is TEXT-A-TIP. With the high volume of cellular/smart phones in the world today, the Evanston Police Department wants to solicit anonymous information via a text message from citizens to assist in reducing crime and solving crime within the City of Evanston. TEXT – A – TIP allows the public to send tips that…more »

Evanston Property Tax Comparisons with Other Area Communities

The City of Evanston's Administrative Services Department has released a comparison of property taxes paid by eight other area communities. The tax years examined were 2008 and 2009; Evanston ranked the fifth lowest in 2008 and the fourth lowest in 2009. Many of the communities have separate Parks, Library and Fire Districts unlike Evanston in which all of these are services provided by the city and included in one property tax. These districts in the other communities were included in the…more »

City Reminds Dog Owners to Keep Their Pets on a Leash & Clean up after Them

With the warmer weather now here, dog owners are more likely to take their pets out into the public. Residents are reminded that not only must their dogs be leashed (Ord 9-4-7 of the City Code), but they also are required under the law to pick-up after them (Ord 9-4-12). Nobody likes to step in dog waste! City Code 9-4-7 requires that dogs must be leashed in public and they are not allowed to run loose in public parks or…more »

City of Evanston Volunteer Opportunities Available

Looking for ways to volunteer this summer and help make Evanston a better place to live and work? The City of Evanston Volunteer Program provides many opportunities for you. The City of Evanston has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available for teens, interns, and seniors. If you are interested in volunteering your time this summer, check out the City's volunteer opportunities at www.cityofevanston.org/volunteer or call 3-1-1 (847/48-4311) for a listing of volunteer opportunities. Also, check out the community Volunteer Evanston…more »

Earl Departs City; Lyons to Interim Administrative Services Director

Evanston Director of Administrative Services Joellen Earl has announced her plans to leave the City of Evanston and start her own company, which will focus on local government staffing solutions. Mrs. Earl will transition from her position as Director of Administrative Services effective Friday, July 1 and work on a modified schedule in the City Manager’s Office through September 30, 2011 when she will leave the City of Evanston. Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons will serve as Interim Director of…more »

Pilot Program Kicks-off to Remind Bicyclists to Walk Their Bikes on Sidewalks in Business Districts

The City of Evanston has kicked-off a pilot program designed to increase public safety and reduce conflicts between pedestrians and bicyclists and between motorists and bicyclists. The project is called Walk Bikes on Sidewalk, Ride Bikes on Street Pilot Project. The project's goal is to better inform bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists that the City of Evanston Municipal Code (10-9-4) requires that bicycles be walked on the sidewalk in business districts or ridden on the street with traffic flow. “The City’s Walk…more »

Where Would You Want a New CTA Yellow Line Station?

On June 2nd many Evanston residents showed up for the first public meeting on the proposed new CTA Yellow Line station in south Evanston. The purpose of the meeting was to gather and consider community input for a new intermediate station. Currently, the City of Evanston is conducting an engineering feasibility study to identify a preferred alternative for an infill station along the CTA Yellow Line in south Evanston at Dodge, Asbury or Ridge Avenues. Residents are encouraged to take…more »

City Working with Gordon Food Service to Secure New Store on Oakton St

The City of Evanston’s Economic Development Division has been working closely with representatives of Gordon Food Services (GFS) for nearly a year to secure a location at 2424 Oakton Street for a proposed GFS Marketplace store. “Gordon Food Service has been working with the city for quite some time. The Evanston market is a good one for the company and we have met with GFS and encouraged them to make the Oakton site the perfect location for their new store,” said Eighth…more »

City's Action Alert on State Budget Successful

With phone calls and emails from residents, the City of Evanston in partnership with other communities around the state were able to convince the General Assembly to not cut or reduce the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF). The General Assembly adjourned May 31st with an intense last day of major issues being debated, but the LGDF has been left in place with no reductions. As indicated in earlier emails, if the General Assembly had cut or eliminated the Local Government Distributive Fund…more »

Dogs Must Be On Leash in City of Evanston Parks

Posted in Park rules and regulations

Now that spring weather has improved, more residents are enjoying City of Evanston parks. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of complaints of dogs being off leash. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department would like to remind residents that dogs must be on leash in Evanston parks per City Code 9-4-7 (D): It shall be unlawful for any dog or cat, unless on leash, to go or be upon any public playground or public park within the…more »