News Posted in: December 2011

Reaching Preschoolers Through Picture Books

On January 14, 2012, Brian Wilson, the Children’s picture book buyer at the Evanston Public Library, will be the featured speaker at Ann’s Book Club. The event takes place at 10:30 a.m. until noon in the Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room of the Evanston Public Library. Wilson’s presentation, Best Picture Book Read Alouds of 2011, will cover the best books to read aloud to infants and preschool children that were published last year. The event is designed for Evanston early childhood…more »

Library Highlighted in National PBS News Segment

Evanston Public Library recently was highlighted in a national PBS news segment. As a result of the Library’s partnership with Better World Books (BWB), a book-reselling social enterprise, the Library was interviewed for a news story that appeared on December 19th on Nightly Business Report, a PBS news show that appears in homes across the U.S. What drew Evanston Public Library to BWB is that they offered an avenue for discarded books to have a “second life.” This way books…more »

Nominations for Mayor's Award for the Arts Due January 9

Every year, one individual and one arts organization of Evanston are recognized for their contributions to the community through demonstration of excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations from the public at large. The nominations for the 2011 award are due on January 9, 2012. Nomination forms are available online here; printed copies are available at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. To be mailed a form, please call 847-448-8260. The 2011 Awards will be presented at the Annual…more »

2012 Evanston Fire & Life Safety Awards Ceremony Video Now Available

The Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services held their 2012 Departmental Awards Ceremony on December 8th 2011. During this ceremony, the department honored and recognized the efforts of their personnel for their performance in life threatening situations, emergency medical services and for outstanding service. Additionally, the department honored citizens who administered emergency medical care prior to the arrival of Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services personnel.   …more »

2012 Cultural Fund Grant Program Application Available

The 2012 Cultural Fund Grant Program guidelines and application form is now online. Evanston not-for-profit arts organizations whose primary mission is to provide performing, visual, or literary arts programs or services may apply for a general operating support grant of up to $1,000 from the Cultural Fund Grant Program. Please note that the actual grant award amount may be less than $1,000. This grant program is administered by the Cultural Arts Division, a division of the City of Evanston's Parks, Recreation…more »

CEDA Neighbors at Work Moving Jan. 9

Posted in CEDA

Effective January 9, 2012, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA - Neighbors at Work) will be moving to a new location in the Lower Level of Family Focus located at 2010 Dewey Ave. in Evanston. One of the largest private non-profit organizations in the country, CEDA serves 240,000 Cook County residents annually. Over forty programs and services are offered in the areas of child and family development, health and nutrition services, senior citizen programs, economic development,…more »

PACE Announces Changes in Paratransit Reservation Hours

Posted in ADA, PACE, Transportation

Starting January 1, 2012 PACE will be making changes to its call-in reservation hours for ADA Paratransit Services. The new call-in hours for suburban paratransit riders will be:   6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Please note that phone numbers will not change. There will NOT be any changes to the reservation hours for the suburban Dial-a-Ride programs, the Ride DuPage program or the Ride in Kane program. Changes in reservation hours…more »

CTA's Holiday Train to Stop in Evanston Dec. 21

The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with the 2011 version of its popular Holiday Train! Santa and his helpers will ride the train passing out candy canes and season's greetings. The train will stop in Evanston on Thursday, December 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 21 from about 3:40 to 6:30 p.m. Schedule here>>> The spectacular train is an amazing sight - during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car…more »

Winter Break Arts Camp

Your child’s two-week winter break can be Art-tastic! Winter Break Arts Camp’s highlight will be a visit from (and workshop with) Wayne Kusy, a Chicago folk artist who builds large scale replicas of oceanliners out of toothpicks and glue. Arts Camp also has cooked up other old-fashioned, unplugged fun, including ice-skating and 1860s activities at Naper Settlement. Mr. Kusy’s ships have been featured in exhibitions and feature stories around the world. This art started in Evanston when Kusy was a…more »

Health Dept. Seeks Members for Health Ministry Coalition

The Evanston Health Department held its first Health Ministry Coalition meeting on November 15, 2011. The coalition is so far comprised of seven churches from Evanston of various sizes and faiths that all share a common goal—to improve the health of their congregations. A needs assessment will be taken of the coalition as a whole and any prevalent health issues of each individual congregation will be indentified. Coalition participants will then receive assistance in locating resources to meet the congregation’s needs. The…more »

2012 Evanston Budget Fee Changes Effective Dates

In order to balance the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, the Evanston City Council voted to reduce numerous expenses, reduced several positions and increased fees in five areas with varying effective dates of January 1, February 1 and April 1, 2012. The fee increases include false alarm calls, water rates, parking meters, sanitation service charge and parking tickets. The water rate (effective January 1, 2012) and sanitation service rate (effective February 1, 2012) have already been passed by City Council. The remaining…more »

State Alerts Public to "Whooping Cough" in Cook County

Increase in “Whooping Cough” cases concentrated in Cook, Collar Counties; Health officials urge protection for infants, young children The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public to a marked increase of pertussis cases (also known as “Whooping Cough”) due to a series of outbreaks primarily concentrated in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties of Chicago. As of today, 1,149 cases have been reported statewide. Of those cases, the majority have been reported in McHenry (227), DuPage…more »

CUB Energy Saver Gives Lucky Evanstonian a Holiday Gift of Free Electricity

Posted in Big 7 Savers Challenge, CUB Energy Saver, Sustainability, Utilities Department

An Evanston resident who in the heat of summer signed up for CUB Energy Saver, a free online service that helps people slash their utility bills, is getting a big payoff just in time for the cold winter: free electricity. Jennifer Bruyere, of Evanston, says she was shocked and surprised to win a special CUB Energy Saver drawing that covered her summer electricity expenses. “Having that extra money really helped with the bills and the Christmas shopping, so that was…more »

Texas Beef, Illinois Ribs on the Line for Mayors Tisdahl & Berry in Meineke Bowl Wager

Posted in football, Mayor, Northwestern University

Wildcats, Aggies square-off Dec. 31 at Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Evanston, IL Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and College Station, TX Mayor Nancy Berry have placed a bet on the outcome of the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas to be played on December 31, 2011 in Houston. The game will pit Big Ten Evanston’s Northwestern University Wildcats against the Big 12 Aggie’s of Texas A&M from College Station. The two Mayors met via conference call on Monday, December 13,…more »

City Council Actions - December 12, 2011

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, December 12, 2011 City Council Executive Session meets at 5 pm (Aldermanic Library) Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee has been cancelled tonight City Council meeting will reconvene at 7:15 p.m., or immediately after A&PW if later ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Grover (II) Adjourn to Executive Session (III)…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

City Council meets at 5:00 PM for Executive Session. Administration & Public Works Committee (A&PW) begins at regular 5:45 PM time. No Planning and Development Committee. City Council will begin at 7:15 PM or immediately following A&PW. Newsy Items: 1. Purchase of two license plate recognition systems per previous Council discussion. 2. Purchase of new field arrest and field interview software for the Police Department. This purchase comes from discussions I have had with Police staff about what smaller items could…more »

UPDATE- Continuance Requested: Plan Commission Packet Now Available for Chase Bank Proposal

UPDATE: Edgemark Development has requested a continuance concerning the Wednesday, December 14, 2011 public hearing for a proposed text and map amendment at 2628 Gross Point Road. The request has been submitted to the Plan Commission and will be considered when the Commission convenes Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 7:00PM in City Council Chambers of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Edgemark has requested a continuance to the February 8, 2012 meeting. Continuance Letter here>>> The Plan Commission packet for…more »

Holiday Eco Happenings

Posted in Sustainability

The holiday season is a great time to consider supporting the sustainability of our local economy by looking to local sources for food, gifts and entertainment. There are many opportunities around Evanston to shop, eat and entertain locally, including a few highlighted below. Find Gifts at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Holiday Bazaar Stop by the third annual Holiday Bazaar to pick up those perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays, special birthdays or just for yourself! Goods expected to be displayed and sold…more »

National Influenza Vaccination Week - Give the Gift of Health for the Holidays

Posted in Flu, Health

To help stay healthy during the holidays and all year, give the gift of health by getting an influenza vaccination to not only protect you, but others as well. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 4-10, 2011, is a national observance established to highlight the importance of influenza vaccinations and encourage more people to be vaccinated after the holiday season, into January, and beyond. It is not too late to vaccinate. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people…more »

Evanston Day & Wildcats Basketball at Welsh-Ryan Arena Dec. 17

Posted in Basketball, Northwestern University

Residents and families of the City of Evanston are invited to experience Northwestern basketball at Welsh-Ryan Arena! Join honorary captain, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, on Saturday, December 17th, to cheer on the Wildcats as they take on Central Connecticut State. The game will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at Welsh-Ryan Arena located at 2705 Ashland Ave. Discounted tickets are available to Evanston residents; $15 each, which is a 32% SAVINGS! To purchase tickets, visit, select the white…more »

Nominations Sought for 2011 Mayor's Award for the Arts

Every year, one individual and one arts organization of Evanston are recognized for their contributions to the community through demonstration of excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations from the public at large. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, January 9, 2012. The 2011 Awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address and Mayor’s Award for the Arts Luncheon, scheduled to be held in early 2012. Nomination forms are available online at and…more »

Council Moves to Place Community Choice Aggregation on March Ballot

At the Evanston City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2011, the City Council passed Ordinance 103-O-11 approving the submission of a binding referendum question for the March Primary General election about Community Choice Aggregation. This year, 19 other communities across Chicago land have implemented Community Choice Aggregation and saved their residential and small commercial retail customers on average 25% on the supply side of their electricity bill. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is an opt-out program that allows local governments the option…more »

AMLI Evanston Breaks Ground at Chicago/Kedzie

AMLI Residential, a multi-family real estate developer, closed on its land assemblage in Evanston and has begun demolition of three vacant and distressed buildings December 1 in preparation for the construction of a new 214-unit luxury rental apartment community to be called AMLI Evanston. Apartments will be designed for LEED Silver certification, with emphasis on green building and in-town, healthy living. The new community will be conveniently located on Chicago Avenue, just south of Main Street, within walking distance of three…more »

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