News Posted in: October 2011

Evanston Wins Governor's Sustainability Award

Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The 2011 award winners include the City of Evanston. The Governor's Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a luncheon in Champaign. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governors awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a…more »

U.S. Senator Durbin Tours South Evanston NSP2 Area

On October 28, 2011 U.S. Senator Richard Durbin toured part of Evanston’s Eighth Ward to view progress on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 program, the $18.15 million grant award the Senator helped the city secure to stabilize portions of west and south Evanston that have been hardest hit by foreclosures, and generate economic opportunities for local residents and businesses. The Senator visited two foreclosed properties on Callan and Custer Avenues that are part of that program. The properties are located…more »

City Seeks Public Input on Spending Federal CDBG-Recovery Dollars

The City of Evanston is seeking public input through November 1, 2011on its Amendment to to its Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) plan. The city received $523,828 in CDBG-R funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These funds were distributed on a formula basis to CDBG entitlement communities. Eligible uses of funds are based on CDBG regulations, with emphasis put on shovel ready public works projects that would be underway within 120 days. Click here to…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Lobbies Springfield for Better ComEd Storm Response

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl traveled to Springfield Wednesday, October 26th to lobby legislators during the General Assembly's Fall Veto Session. Tisdahl was part of a delegation of northwest suburban Mayors and Council Members from the Northwest Municipal Conference. The Conference is the Council of Governments representing forty-two cities and villages in northwest Illinois. The primary focus of the trip was to advocate for improved storm response and other services from ComEd as it works to secure broader legislation for the implementation of…more »

EPD Receives National Traffic Safety Award

On October 25, 2011, The Evanston Police Department's Traffic Management Bureau received national recognition for their traffic safety and enforcement initiatives. This recognition was received from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The award was received in conjunction with the association’s annual conference. Evanston’s first place finish in the Law Enforcement Challenge earned them a new police equipped 2012 Ford Expedition EL. The IACP and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believe that an increase in traffic enforcement and education…more »

City Council Meeting Update: Environment Board Presents Bag Reduction Ideas

At the October 24th City Council meeting the Evanston Environment Board presented their recommendations for a bag reduction ordinance for the city. The board gave their independent review of information they had received and offered strategies to reduce the environmental impact of bags in Evanston. They presented their preliminary recommendations and received feedback from the council. No formal ordinance was developed. The Environment Board presented a fee based plan which would instill a five cent fee on paper and plastic…more »

Digital Book Collection Grows with Recent Kindle Update

The Evanston Public Library’s digital book collection is now compatible with the Amazon Kindle, a long-anticipated feature that allows Library users the ability to borrow eBooks using Kindle devices and Kindle apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devices. These FREE Kindle eBooks can be easily accessed through the Library’s digital books catalog, My Media Mall, at www.mymediamall.net. Library user Elizabeth DeCoster said, “Thanks for your straightforward directions regarding downloading materials from My Media Mall to my Kindle. I…more »

City of Evanston Expands Tree Donation Program

The City of Evanston is expanding its tree donation program to provide more opportunities for people to keep Evanston a thriving Tree City USA. There are now three different ways to give a “green gift” that keeps growing. Donations may be directed to plant a new tree; dedicate an existing tree as a special gift or memorial; or support the city’s new Urban Reforestation Fund. A new tree can be planted in any Evanston park for a donation of $600.…more »

The Top 30 Ideas are in for Evanston's Future!

Over 500 community members weighed in on the top 100 ideas during a series of seven public voting sessions held at the Century Cinema, Evanston Township High School and Saint Francis Hospital. The 100 ideas up for vote were selected by a 21-member volunteer selection jury from a pool of over 2,000 ideas submitted to the Evanston150 initiative by the public between March and July of 2011. It was gratifying to see the wide range of Evanstonians who turned out…more »

City Launches See-Click-Fix Mobile App

The City of Evanston recently adopted the use of a mobile application, See-Click-Fix, that allows residents to communicate with the city "on the fly" as they are out and about in the community. See-Click-Fix is an online tool that interfaces with smart phones and has Twitter and Facebook integration abilities to allow residents to connect with their local government to report non-emergency neighborhood issues. This could include pot holes, graffiti, non-functioning traffic signals, garbage dumping, fallen trees in the right-of-way, etc.…more »

Affordable, Convenient and now, Electric - I-Go to Introduce Solar Canopy Charging Stations to Area

Planning for I-Go’s solar canopy and charging stations will be advancing after City Council recently approved the location for two stations. Lot 3 (at the Main Library) and Lot 32 (Hinman Ave, south of Main St.) were chosen as the locations where I-Go will be installing solar canopies and electric vehicle charging stations for its new cars. “The next step is for I-Go to move forward with putting together detailed plans that they would then show to the engineering department…more »

City of Evanston Receives $792,000 Grant for Dempster St. Traffic Signal Modernization

The City of Evanston has received a $792,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Grant for traffic signal modernization along Dempster St. The grant is part of $411 million in federal transportation programs granted to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to support the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan's goals for reducing congestion and improving air quality in the metropolitan area. GO TO 2040 is the comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities…more »

City Contracting for Additional Towing for Winter Season

The City of Evanston is currently establishing contracts for emergency snow towing for the 2011-12 winter season. Occasionally the city has the need for additional assistance during heavier than usual snow events for tow trucks to either relocate or tow away vehicles. If interested individuals or businesses have a tow truck and are interested in participating in this program, please contact the City of Evanston at 847/866-2935 for more information or stop by the Purchasing Office in Room 4200 of…more »

The Second City Does Northwestern: Wildcat on a Hot Tin Roof

For more than 50 years, The Second City has been the heart and soul of Chicago comedy. Now some of the country's most skilled comedians make their way up to Evanston for a Wildcat-centric revue. Presented by the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University in partnership with the Office of Alumni and Development, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, this no-holds-barred comedic event will satirize everything purple through sketch comedy, songs and improvisation. No Northwestern tradition is safe! There will be…more »

City of Evanston Releases 2012 Proposed Budget

On Friday, October 7, the City of Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. The total proposed budget for FY2012 is $251,378,096 which includes all funds and interfund transfer expenses. When interfund transfers are excluded from this calculation, the total budget for all funds is $218,478,697. The General Fund budget is projected to have $85,013,206 in revenues and $87,436,000 in expenditures, which produces a deficit…more »

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain, kids

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers Evanston children, youth, teens and adults of all ages now can participate in a new, fun activity: roller skating! Starting October 7, roller skating will be offered at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Chandler-Newberger Community Center and Levy Senior Center. Admission fees for Evanston residents are $1.00 for youth and $3.00 for adults (age 18+). Participants are allowed to bring their own roller skates, if compatible with the floor surface, helmets and pads. The youth…more »

Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story

What is a day in the life of Evanston? Local shutterbugs, professional and amateur photographers alike are invited to help capture the beauty of Evanston across all spectrums on a fall day. The fall session of "Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story" will be held on October 22 from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. The city hopes to capture Evanston through the seasons by holding a quarterly “photo day.” Photographers of all ages and expertise levels can…more »

Eco Corner: Learn How to Save Energy & Money at Home

Learn how to Save Energy and Money at Home Evanston Green Drinks – October 11, 2011 Citizens’ Greener Evanston Community Education Committee is hosting all community members and interested people to attend its October Green Drinks Event on October 11th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston - 2nd Floor. This free event features practical ways to save energy and money at home through weatherization initiatives in existing housing and energy efficiency measures…more »

2012 Animal Registration Forms Now Available

The City of Evanston recently mailed out to residents 2012 Animal Registration forms with their 2012 Vehicle Sticker renewal forms. Payment for 2012 Animal Registration can be made starting in October of 2011. The City of Evanston pet license, for cats and dogs, is issued on a fiscal year basis. By City Ordinance, all dogs and cats are required to have pet licenses. The biggest benefit of registering a pet with the City of Evanston is the increased chance of being…more »

Public Meeting Notice Emerson Square Housing Development

Posted in community, resident

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Avenue. Evanston, IL 60201. The meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Emerson Square, which calls for the redevelopment of an underutilized industrial site, as first conceived under the West Evanston Master Plan, is the second component of the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2). The development, as currently proposed, will create approximately 30 units…more »