News Posted in: July 2011

LINK Goes Farther at Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

Not only can Illinois LINK card holders use them at the Saturday downtown Evanston Farmers Market, they can get a bonus, up to $10 extra LINK dollars per person per day, to spend on delicious, healthful fresh produce. The matching funds are being provided by NorthShore University HealthSystem through a grant to Friends of Evanston Farmer’s Markets. For more information about LINK at the downtown market, go to the Friends web site, www.evanstonfarmersmarkets.org/. The downtown farmers market is open from…more »

First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes in Evanston Reported

The City of Evanston's Health Department announced mosquitoes collected in Evanston recently tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Mosquitoes were collected by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) on July 18, 2011 and were the first to test positive for WNV this year. Public health officials believe that a hot summer could increase mosquito activity and the risk of disease from West Nile virus. "To protect yourself against illness, wear insect repellent and get rid of any stagnant water around…more »

ETHS School-Based Health Center Receives Federal Grant

The Evanston Township H.S. (ETHS) School-Based Health Center is one of seventeen school based-health centers in Illinois—among 278 in the nation—that will receive a share of $95 million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education. The money is a part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform passed in 2010, and is the first-ever source of federal funding to uniquely support school-based health centers. The ETHS Development…more »

Evanston Receives AAA Credit Rating, Highest Score from Top Credit Rating Agencies

Posted in Budget, Credit Rating

As a part of the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, the City of Evanston’s credit rating is re-examined by recognized ratings agencies. The city is evaluated by Moody’s and Fitch Ratings agencies. Prior to the issuance of new bonds, these agencies evaluate the issuer’s financial condition through a review of all published financial reports (audits and budgets) and through an interview of city management staff. Based on this review, these agencies affirmed the city’s Aaa credit rating for 2011, the…more »

CTA Approves Contract for Evanston Purple Line Viaducts

The Chicago Transit Authority Board today approved a $10.3 million contract to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets in Evanston as well as repair the retaining wall along Chicago Avenue from Greenleaf to Hamilton. “The City of Evanston thanks the CTA Board for its approval of this construction contract which serves as another important step in the critical replacement of these viaducts,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “The City appreciates the commitment that CTA President…more »

Important Notice for Residents with Damage to Power Service that is not Part of the ComEd System

Important Notice for Residents with Damage to Power Service that is not Part of the ComEd System The document  here>>> is for property owners whose power line is down between their building and the ComEd system. When trees cause this type of damage, the risers and weather head that attaches the ComEd service line to the electric meter is frequently damaged. This part of the system is the property owner’s responsibility to repair, but they generally don’t know that and…more »

City of Evanston Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Evanston Performing Arts & Community Center Project is among 51 grants nationwide selected to support creative placemaking The City of Evanston is happy to announce that it will receive an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. The City of Evanston will receive a $50,000 grant to develop a concise plan of action to help realize the vision of a performing arts center in the heart of Evanston while…more »

Evanston Community Foundation to Offer Leadership Class

The Evanston Community Foundation would like to invite members of the Evanston community to participate in the 2011-2012 class of Signature Leadership Evanston, a 10-month experience which encourages and develops leadership potential and community engagement. The 20th Leadership Evanston class will:  learn more broadly and deeply about our community,  train in community leadership skills such as conflict resolution, advocacy & community organizing, creative problem solving, consensus building, strategic planning and board training,  make connections and continue to…more »

City Council Actions - July 11, 2011

*  Directed the City Manager to take no further action to explore alternate uses/partnerships for the Chandler Newberger Community center. *  Directed the City Manager to continue investigating alternate uses/partnerships for operation of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center and the Harley Clarke Mansion, current home of the Evanston Arts Center.  The City Council made clear it does not plan to close the Noyes Center. …more »

City Releases Fourth NSP2 Bid Package

The fourth bid package for NSP2 rehabilitation work is scheduled to be released on Friday July 8th at 10 a.m. Bid packages will be available for pick-up through Friday July 15th in Room 3000, Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Proposals will be due by noon on Friday August 5th. Inspections of the properties are scheduled to occur on Wednesday July 13th and July 20th. A detailed schedule will be included in the bid package. Inspections are mandatory…more »

Arrington Foundation Donation to Benefit Lagoon Restoration Project

Posted in Arrington Lakefront Lagoon Dawes Park

The City of Evanston held a donation recognition event on Wednesday, June 29 at Dawes Park to thank The Arrington Foundation for a $500,000 donation that will be used to renovate the park's lagoon. Evanston's mayor, the honorable Elizabeth B. Tisdahl, was joined by State Senator Jeffrey M. Schoenberg, State Representative Robyn Gabel, and six aldermen in thanking The Arrington Foundation and the Arrington family for their contribution. The Arrington Foundation was represented by Michael B. Arrington, an Evanston resident and…more »

Eco Corner: Recycling on-the-go in Evanston

You may have noticed a new addition to Evanston’s streets and parks this week. Recycling containers are now placed next to garbage cans in the commercial districts and athletic fields thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program. These containers, with their distinctive blue lids, are calling out for Evanston residents and visitors to deposit their recyclable materials rather than putting them in the garbage can headed for the landfill. A…more »

Mayor Meets with ComEd President to Discuss Power Outages

Representatives from ComEd came to the Lorraine H, Morton Civic Center Friday, July 1st to meet with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl to discuss ComEd’s response to power outages last week and again from last night. ComEd President and Chief Operating Officer, Anne Pramaggiore and Vice President of External Affairs, Michael Guerra came to Evanston to hear about the complaints of residents on how the outages have been handled; to discuss ways for ComEd to better work with the City of Evanston…more »

City's Business Districts Go Green, Get New Recycling Bins

The Public Works Department, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program, has now placed recycling containers in the commercial districts and athletic fields in Evanston. "The city is very excited about the roll-out of the new recycling containers. Their convenient location will make it easy for Evanston residents and visitor’s on-the-go to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and increase our recycling numbers," said Catherine Hurley, Sustainable Programs Coordinator…more »

Substantial Amendment to 2011 Action Plan & 2012 CDBG Application Process

Amendment to 2011 Action Plan The City of Evanston seeks public input on the Substantial Amendment to its 2011 Action Plan. The Housing & Community Development Act Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Room 2404 to receive public comment on the Substantial Amendment to the 2011 Action Plan. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. The 30-day public comment period for the Substantial Amendment…more »