News Posted in: November 2011

City Street Cleaners to Make One Final Sweep

Although street sweeping officially ends on November 30, the Public Works Department is requesting that residents follow the even/odd Snow Emergency parking restrictions to facilitate one final leaf clearing. Starting on December 5, city crews will make one final sweep through the city from south (Howard Street) to north (Isabella Street). Raking leaves into the street is prohibited and we are asking that residents report any leaf piles that have been dumped in their area by calling 3-1-1 or online at…more »

New Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation Starts Job

The City of Evanston welcomes James Maiworm as the new Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation. Maiworm has over twenty years of public works and parks maintenance management experience. He was most recently the Director of Public Works for the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois for four years, where he supervised a total of seven full-time employees and a budget of over $700,000. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Street Services for the Village of Oak Park and the…more »

North Shore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Recognized by Mayor Tisdahl

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl named November 28, 2011 “Red and White Day” in the city of Evanston in honor of the Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and their continued contributions to the city. More than 30 members were presented with an award at the November 28th city council meeting. The award announced the chapter’s accomplishments and the city’s thanks. The chapter was established in 1975 and since then they have been providing programs and projects devoted…more »

City Council Actions - November 28, 2011

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, November 28, 2011 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 p.m. City Council meeting will convene immediately after P&D. ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Tendam (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Red & White Day: North Shore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (III) City Manager Public…more »

Evanston Tenants' Rights Meeting Set for Jan. 24

The City of Evanston and the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs will be holding an educational meeting on January 24 to help educate Evanston residents on their rights and responsibilities under the Evanston Landlord Tenant Ordinance. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 2402 of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center located at 2100 Ridge Ave. This meeting is open to all Evanston residents. The following topics will be covered: Learn…more »

Evanston Police Department Reports "Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign a Success

Posted in Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, IDOT, Police

The Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Management Bureau, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS), conducted another highly successful holiday safe driving campaign. Between November 14 and the 27, 2011, IDOT/DTS sponsored enforcement, to remind motorists to buckle up and to not drive impaired. The Evanston Police Department conducted enforcement actions both day and night, during the merged Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. The Evanston Police Department joined other state and…more »

Newsy Items on Monday and Tuesday City Council/Township Board Meetings

Posted in City Council

Monday is the regular meeting with A&PW and P&D, followed by City Council. Items of interest: 1. Consideration of annual contract for central business district maintenance with Downtown Evanston. The group was very aggressive in soliciting bids for services this year and the City’s portion will be $27,000 less than anticipated. 2. Consideration of agreement with company called 350Green for installation of electric car charging stations at locations previously discussed as well as in our parking garages. 3. Budget resolution,…more »

CTA Purple Line Retaining Wall Work Extended to Dec. 9 - One Southbound Lane of Chicago Ave. to be Closed

Posted in CTA, Public Works, Purple Line

In July 2011, the Chicago Transit Authority Board approved a $10.3 million contract to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets in Evanston as well as to repair retaining walls along Chicago Avenue. Learn more about the project at www.cityofevanston.org/purpleline. Work started on the retaining wall along Chicago Ave. in September and was originally expected to be completed October 23. Unfortunately, the retaining wall had deteriorated far beyond what the original contract has shown. The renovation…more »

EPL Holiday Book Sale Set for Dec. 9-11

Posted in Book Sale, Library

The Evanston Public Library will host its annual Holiday Book Sale on Friday, December 9th through Sunday, December 11th. The sale features hundreds of items in excellent condition that would make great holiday gifts. It is also a place that booklovers can choose some great stories to escape into during the long winter season. The book sale is entirely run by 14 dedicated volunteers and additional community supporters who take great pride in providing Evanston residents with a wide assortment…more »

GFS Marketplace Breaks Ground on New Evanston Location

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Aldermen Ann Rainey, Delores Holmes and Jane Grover along with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, broke ground on Monday, November 21 on the future site of a GFS Marketplace at 2424 Oakton Street. It is the first project to be built within new environmental guidelines passed by the City Council in 2009. “In a time when local, state and international economies continue to struggle, it is important to celebrate the addition of a new business, GFS Marketplace,…more »

Evanston PD Highlighted on MSNBC Series "The Squeeze"

Posted in Police

Evanston PD has been working for several months with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department on a large drug enforcement effort. A part of this overall investigation was filmed in Evanston for an MSNBC series called “The Squeeze,” a Cook County COPS-type show. A segment including footage from Evanston was shown on MSNBC. Below is a link to a portion of the segment focused on Evanston.   Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…more »

2011 Holiday Bazaars

Do your holiday shopping at this year's Holiday Bazaars! Find everything from jewelry, to books, to art and so much more! Admission to each bazaar is free, so bring the whole family and see what deals and steals you can find! Home Grown Artists Bazaar Friday, December 2, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Jewelry, paintings, ceramics, knitwear and more! Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. West Village Home Grown Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Home…more »

Help Evanston Families in Need

Posted in Holiday, Mayor, Volunteer

Please help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible! Donations to the annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations will be accepted from Monday, November 21 through Monday, December 19. There are now additional locations to drop off new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items. You may drop off your donation at any of these eight convenient collection sites: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 1100 (Recreation office),…more »

2012 City of Evanston Budget Update

Posted in Budget, City Council

The City Council finished the majority of its work on the budget late Tuesday night, November 15, 2011 and is set to approve the FY 2012 budget at the November 28, 2011 meeting. Highlights: Increased parking meter rates by $0.25 citywide. This change will be implemented by February 1, 2012. Increased parking fines by $5.00 for all violations except for parking meter expirations, effective April 1, 2012. Increased fees for refuse carts to be implemented by February 1, 2012: 1). Increased…more »

"Nutcracker on Ice" Celebrates the Holiday Season Dec. 9-11

Posted in Nutcracker on Ice holiday show

"Nutcracker on Ice" will be performed at four shows the weekend of Dec. 9-11 at Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex, 1701 Main St., Evanston. Hundreds of skaters of all ages will tell the familiar tale of Clara and her musical holiday adventures. Exquisite costumes, Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, and exciting special effects bring the characters to life, making this the perfect family show to spread the holiday spirit. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9; at…more »

Pet License Reminder: 2012 Applications Due by End of Year

Posted in Animal Registration, City Collector

The City of Evanston mailed out to residents 2012 Animal Registration forms with their 2012 Vehicle Sticker renewal forms this fall. Payment for 2012 Animal Registration should be made by the end 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 »

GFS Marketplace to Open New Evanston Store; Ground Breaking Set for Nov. 21

GFS Marketplace announced the company is building a new store in Evanston and will be holding a ground breaking ceremony on Monday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the site of the new location, 2424 Oakton Street. It is the first project to be built within new environmental guidelines passed by the city council in 2009. Alderman Ann Rainey (8th Ward) and other members of Evanston’s City Council, senior staff and city management will join representatives from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and GFS…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

1. Budget. At the beginning of the City Council will be the formal, legally required hearings on the budget. All testimony given so far is included in the record. On the agenda for A&PW is the introduction of the tax levy ordinances. These ordinances will be amended to reflect any changes as appropriate before later adoption. The general budget discussion is scheduled as a special order of business at the conclusion of all other business. Also at that time is…more »

Rules for Fall Leaf & Yard Waste Collection

Fall is here and that brings with it leaves. The City of Evanston would like to remind residents of a few rules they should follow in dealing with leaf disposal and yard waste.. Leaves should be raked and placed in appropriate bags with yard waste stickers affixed, placed in a City of Evanston yard waste cart or used in home composting. Yard waste stickers are $1.75 each and must be affixed to each yard waste paper bag and/or tree trimming…more »

City Clerk Receives Elected Official of the Year Award

Posted in City Clerk, Evanston Township

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Evanston Clerk Rodney Greene was honored in Springfield as the 2011 Elected Official of the Year by the Illinois Township Association of Senior Citizens Services Committees (ITASCSC) for his leadership and commitment to the senior citizens of Evanston. ITASCSC was officially recognized by the Township Officials of Illinois in 1982 and formed as a result of a number of township representatives meeting to address the need to enhance senior services for the growing number of…more »

Evanston Honors Veterans at Fountain Square

Posted in Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day ceremonies were held November 11, 2011 at Evanston's Foutain Square honoring those who have served this country. In keeping with the time-honored traditions of past ceremonies, there was non-denominational reflections; remarks from elected officials that included Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, State Representative Robyn Gabel and Cook County Commissioner Lary Suffredin along with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's office; and the leaders of local veterans groups. The Navy ROTC conducted a rifle salute after “Taps” and in representation of…more »

Inaugural Chiefs' Luncheon a Success

Posted in Evanston Police and Fire Foundation, Fire & Life Safety Services, Police

The Inaugural Chiefs’ Luncheon, presented by the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation, was held on Thursday, November 10 at Prairie Moon restaurant in Evanston. The reception also included a special exhibit and presentation by the Evanston History Center. Established in 2011, the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation is a community group comprised of Evanston residents and community members committed to ensuring the successful delivery of public safety across the entire Evanston community. The Foundation is dedicated to providing the Evanston Police…more »

Free Holiday Garage Parking in Downtown Evanston

Posted in Parking

At the October 10th, 2011 Evanston City Council meeting, the Council approved free holiday parking in the City's three downtown self-park garages. Garages at Sherman Plaza, Maple Avenue and Church Street as well as Lot 60, located at 1234 Chicago Avenue, will observe free holiday parking for the month of December, starting November 24, 2011 through January 2, 2012. Hours of free parking are weekdays after 5 p.m. to midnight and all day on Saturdays. The free holiday parking is to encourage people…more »

New Year Marks Ban on Many Electronics Going to Landfill

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability, SWANCC

The City of Evanston, as a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), would like to remind residents that starting January 1, 2012, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act will ban televisions, computer monitors and other electronic items from going into Illinois landfills. Residents are encouraged to recycle these items through SWANCC. Under the new legislation, only certain materials (listed below under "Acceptable Materials") will be accepted in SWANCC's recycling program options (See "Permanent Drop-Off Locations" below). For a…more »

Graffiti Offender Arrested

At about 3:20 a.m. Monday, November 7 Evanston Police officers were able to arrest a subject for numerous political graffiti messages that started appearing on or near train viaducts this past summer. Evanston Police tactical team officers and officers assigned to the field operations division began surveillance on Evanston train viaducts for the METRA train line after political graffiti messages began reappearing in spray paint over the last several weeks. The original pattern began back in July of this year and…more »

Fall "Day in the Life of Evanston" Photos Now Online

Local shutterbugs, professional and amateur photographers alike captured the beauty of Evanston during the fall session of "Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story" which was held on October 22. With over 160 submitted photos, the event was a success. All submitted photos are posted online here>>> 32 photos will be selected, by a panel of judges, to be part of our “Day in the Life of Evanston” printed photo book which will be produced quarterly and made available…more »

Evanston Alderman Testifies at Metra Budget Meeting

Posted in Metra

On November 3rd, Evanston Alderman Donald Wilson (Ward 4) testified before a Metra budget meeting discussing some of his concerns about proposed fare increases, Union Pacific Railroad infrastructure needs in Evanston and thanked Metra Executive Director Alex Clifford for his recent visit to Evanston in a personal conversation after testimony was over. In the proposed 2012 Metra Budget, the document indicated that the current UP North Line schedule would remain unchanged; UP North Line Bridge replacements were still progressing North…more »

ECO Corner: Green Drinks Event to Feature 10,000 Neighbors Campaign

This Tuesday, November 8th, from 7 to 9 pm Evanstonians will meet for the monthly Green Drinks Event at the Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Ave. This month's topic is the 10,000 Neighbors campaign, an initiative launched by the City of Evanston and Citizen’s Greener Evanston which emphasizes the "us" in sustainability by engaging and connecting neighbors using the new social networking site, OhSoWe. This free event will include networking and a panel discussion with representatives from the campaign's sponsors. Panelists…more »

Evanston Health Department Launches "Break the Habit" for Tobacco Cessation Program

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the City of Evanston’s Health Department, along with the American Cancer Society, is offering a program through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline entitled “Break the Habit.” The program is for all Evanston residents age 18 and older who have a desire to stop using tobacco products. This program is made possible by funds from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Break The Habit Flyer - Spanish. Residents enrolled in the program will receive…more »