News Posted in: January 2012

Parking Meter & Sanitation Service Charge Increases Effective February 1, 2012

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. Two of those fee increases, parking meter and sanitation services, took effect February 1, 2012. Parking Meter Increases Effective February 1, 2012 Ordinance 114-O-11 increased parking meter fees by $.25/hour for meters with max time limits of 2, 3 & 4 hours as well as increasing the remaining meters by a commensurate amount. The fee…more »

Host an International Student for Superbowl Sunday!

It's almost time for Super Bowl Sunday. Following their successful Thanksgiving host progam, the International Office at Northwestern University is actively seeking families and individuals to host an international student, scholar or family from Northwestern University at your Super Bowl party! Share the uniquely American traditions of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 with members of NU's international community! We will match you up via email so that you and your international guests can exchange information and decide on…more »

Know an Outstanding Volunteer? Nominate Them Today!

Every day, all over Evanston, volunteers are making a difference – providing direct services such as mentoring youth, feeding the hungry, building nonprofits by serving as board leaders, and serving in many other ways. The City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Evanston Township High School and the Evanston Community Foundation are joining together to celebrate the extraordinary work of volunteers. We need your help to recognize volunteers who exemplify the difference one person can make in the Evanston community. Please consider…more »

Mayor's Statement Regarding The Keg of Evanston

Posted in Evanston Liquor Control Board

“It is always an extremely difficult decision to revoke a license of a local business, but I have to also consider the health and welfare of the community as a whole. Serving minors alcohol is a serious matter that cannot be left unaddressed,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl who also serves as the city’s Local Liquor Control Commissioner. “The rationale behind my decision today to revoke the liquor license of The Keg of Evanston is outlined in the City of…more »

Evanston Streets & Sanitation Division Recognized for its Green Initiative

The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently announced the recipient of the 2012 Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence. The City of Evanston’s Public Works Director, Suzette Robinson was presented with the award for the department’s Thinking G.R.E.E.N. (Greater Recycling in Every Evanston Neighborhood) at a luncheon on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. One of the city’s Equipment Operator II’s, Robert Pompey, also received the Award of Merit at this luncheon. The Charles Walter Nichols award was established in 1951…more »

Citizens Police Academy Begins March 1st - Apply Now to Attend

The Citizen Police Academy, established in 1995 is a 12-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Evanston Police Department and has produced over 800 graduates. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on Thursday evenings from 7p.m. until 9:30p.m. There are two academy sessions every year and each class size is limited to approximately 25 students. There is NO COST to anyone who resides or works in the City…more »

Make this Valentine's Day Special by Breaking the Smoking Habit

If you live in Evanston and are above the age of 18, you are eligible for up to 8 weeks of free Nicotine patches when you call the Illinois Quitline.  The City of Evanston’s Health Department is offering a program through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline entitled “Break the Habit” for all City of 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…more »

Evanston to Hold Twitter Town Hall Meeting Feb. 15

Posted in Mayor, town hall, twitter

City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will be hosting the very first Evanston “Twitter Town Hall” Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 6 p.m. As the city continues to search for new and innovative ways to engage its residents, social media continues to be at the forefront of this new wave. This is part of a series of events in which the city hopes to engage residents via a social media platform. Twitter has proven to be a very powerful tool…more »

Explore Chicago's African American History Online through the "Chicago Defender" Archives

The Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce a new online history resource aimed at expanding the public’s knowledge of local and African American history. The Chicago Defender, one of the most respected and well–known black news sources, chronicles decades of events and stories relevant to Chicago and Evanston’s African American community. Now, Evanston residents have direct access to the early and mid-century Chicago Defender issues online. “The Chicago Defender has been the voice of African American Chicago for over…more »

Public Health Emergency Tabletop Discussion

Come learn about public health emergency preparedness and participate in a tabletop discussion on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 8:30am -11:30am at Northwestern University’s Norris Center. Participants will learn about the National Incident Management System and medical countermeasure dispensing for the City of Evanston in the event of a public health emergency. This event is hosted by the Evanston Health Department and Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization. To RSVP or for any questions, please e-mail  …more »

Cook County Board President Tours Evanston

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle toured part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) target area in west Evanston on Thursday, January 26. Along with President Preckwinkle, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl and Evanston Aldermen Delores Holmes and Peter Braithwaite visited three NSP2 sites (see slide show below). The first site, located across the street from the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, will be the first phase of Emerson Square, a new 60+ unit development to be built…more »

Voter Registration Deadline for Spring Elections Feb. 21

Posted in City Clerk, Cook County Clerk, League of Women Voters, voter registration

The last day to register to vote or change voter registration is February 21 in order to vote in the March 20 General Primary Election. If you have changed your name or moved since the last election, you are required to change your voter registration. To register to vote, you must a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old by Election Day; and a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. You also must display…more »

Evanston's Synchronized Skaters Win First Place

Ruby Jewels, Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex’s youth synchronized skating team, took first place in their division at the ISI Kickline Synchro Competition held on Sunday, January 22. The 15th annual competition took place in Franklin Park, Illinois, and is the only local all-synchro skating team competition. According to Ruby Jewel’s coach, Christine Hathaway Geist, "Synchronized skating is team-based figure skating consisting of complicated footwork and close formations. Synchro routines or programs are skated to music and include elements…more »

Evanston's Edzo's Burger Shop to be Highlighted on WTTW's Program "Check, Please!"

Evanston's very own Edzo's Burger Shop will be highlighted this week on WTTW Ch. 11's program "Check, Please!" The all new episode will air on Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. with encore presentations on Saturday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 29 at 12 p.m. Located at 1571 N. Sherman Ave., Edzo's was voted Best New Burger in 2010 by the Chicago Reader.…more »

Summer Camp Registration Begins by Mail Feb. 3

Posted in summer camps recreation ecology arts aquatics sports children teens

Starting Friday, February 3, Evanston residents can mail their registrations for the City of Evanston’s many popular summer camps. With more than 50 camps for ages starting as young as 2½, there are many full-day and half-day camp options from which to choose. New camps this year are Aqua Golf Adventures Mini-Camp, Young People's Short Film Project for ages 11-15, and a Time Travelers Arts Mini-Camp. This year's theme for the historical immersion Arts Mini-Camp, which is held in August, will be the Victorian era. As in…more »

City Council Actions - January 23, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, January 23, 2012 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 convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Burrus (II) Mayor Public Announcements (III) City Manager Public Announcements and Presentations • Steve Griffin introduced economic development specialists…more »

Evanston Police Make Arrest in Sexual Assault Investigation

Evanston Police this past weekend investigated a report that a 15 year old female victim alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a 20 year old boy after hanging out with friends and consuming alcohol in the 1700 block of Brown Ave. The 15 year old victim reported the incident to her mother after arriving at home on Friday night, January 20th at approx. 11:15PM. Evanston Police Juvenile Bureau investigators picked up the investigation and were able to locate a…more »

Illinois Cottage Food Law Now in Effect

A new Illinois law took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, that allows producers of food prepared in their homes, who are registered with the Evanston Health Department, to sell specific items at farmers' markets with no fees from the Department. Governor Pat Quinn signed the measure into law last summer at the Illinois State Fair. “The best way to celebrate Illinois’ agricultural strength is by making it easier for Illinois residents to buy fresh foods and support farmers and local economies,”…more »

Evanston Commemorates "Black History Month"

Black History Month is an observance of the history of the African diaspora in a number of countries outside of Africa. Since 1976, it is observed annually in the United States and Canada in February. Black History Month was begun as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. His goal was to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements. Artists Reception: Black History Month Exhibition Jan. 29 at…more »

Evanston Police Investigate Suicide Related to Chicago Murder

Evanston Police Detectives are currently investigating a body found in the rear of 100 block of Clyde Ave. The subject appears to have suffered a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Police have confirmed the identity of the deceased as Donte Simmons M/B 33 years old and a Chicago resident of nearby Rogers Park. A 9mm handgun was recovered by police at the scene. Donte Simmons was wanted by the Chicago Police Department for a homicide that occurred…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

1.  Discussion on City of Evanston 2010 Census figures on changes to Ward populations. 2.  Consideration of Letter of Understanding between City and City Lit Theater for use of city-owned property at 727-729 Howard Street. 3.  Final action on speed limit changes on Oakton Street. 4.  Final action on granting a special use for child daycare facility at 1629 Orrington Avenue. 5.  Final action on changes to the City Code pertaining to responsible pet ownership.   Agenda Packet (PDF)…more »

Artists Reception: Black History Month Exhibition

The Artists Opening Reception for the Black History Month exhibition will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at the Noyes Gallery, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Live music will be played by blues guitarist Vince Agwada This exhibition will be curated by Phillip J. Turner and is collaboratively presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division. For more information please…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Attends 80th Winter Meeting - U.S. Conference of Mayors

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is in Washington, DC this week attending the 80th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The meeting began yesterday and runs through tomorrow. Mayor Tisdahl is attending a variety of sessions including meetings of the Conference’s Mayors Water Council of which she is a member. Mayor Tisdahl joined other Mayors last night at the White House for a reception with President Obama and members of the President’s Cabinet. “My main goals at the Winter…more »

City Giving Out Free CFL Light Bulbs in Conjunction with Energy Saver Program

A year ago this month, the City of Evanston was named the winner of the Citizens Utility Board's Energy Saver Community Competition  for having signed up the most members for and having realized the most electricity savings in 2010. The prize was 10,000 Compact Florescent Lights (CFL). To mark this one year anniversary and to encourage more residents to sign up for the program, the city will be giving out two free CFLs to Evanston Residents. is the nation's first free…more »

March 20 Ballot Initiatives Informational Meeting

Posted in Elections, Evanston Town Board, Evanston Township, Referendum

Evanston officials voted late last year to adopt two measures that would put two questions on the March 20, 2012 Illinois General Primary election ballot. The first will be an advisory referendum regarding dissolution of Evanston Township and the second will be a referendum regarding electric power Community Choice Aggregation. There will be three public informational meetings to discuss these two ballot questions in the community: Monday, January 30, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Thursday, February 23,…more »

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Visits Evanston

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman visited Evanston on January 19 where he learned about the city’s efforts to use the arts to create vibrant, livable community by using a federal arts grant as a catalyst. Chairman Landesman participated in a roundtable discussion about the city's efforts to create a performing arts district in downtown Evanston. The NEA has supported this project through an Our Town Grant for an architectural study and financial plan. "Our Town" grants,…more »

Get a Taste of Summer at Arts Camp Open House

Although it will be snowy and cold outside, you're invited to get a taste of SUMMER by attending the free Hands-on Arts Camp Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 21 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. ALL ages (preschool through senior adult) are invited to create art projects, as well as meet this summer’s Arts Camp staff and learn more about the 2012 summer camp programs. Summer arts camp programs will be offered for preschoolers, children…more »

Evanston Sells First NSP2 Property, Local Family Happy Homeowners

Posted in Alderman Holmes, Community and Economic Development, LiveEvanston, Mayor Tisdal, NSP2

The first house that is a part of the LiveEvanston program, Evanston’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2), was sold on January 5, 2012. Christopher and Jessie Meeks who, with their two children Christopher and Jace, had been renters in Evanston are now the proud new owners of this bright, new home that features a new kitchen with granite counters, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, insulation, siding, roof, plus new landscaping and many other improvements. “The program was a real blessing;…more »

Evanston Children's Theatre Auditions to be Held Jan. 17-19

The Evanston Children’s Theatre will hold auditions on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19 for its spring production of "Peter Pan." Auditions are open to children age 8 years through eighth grade. Auditions are free and will be held from 4:00 through 6:00 p.m. at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston. Audition appointments are not necessary; please arrive no later than 5:45 pm. This production will have two casts in order to accommodate more children. For youth cast in the play, there is a…more »

Survey on Composting in Evanston

New Life Given to Old Garbage Carts with Compost Pilot Program This summer, the Evanston Public Works Department started the Evanston Compost Pilot Program and re-purposed 95-gallon garbage carts by turning them into compost containers. To date, the City has distributed approximately 500 compost carts and compost guides, which can be downloaded from the city’s website. The city is conducting a survey to obtain feedback from those who are participating in the pilot program, as well as other residents who…more »

City's Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling Program

Posted in Seniors, Snow, Volunteer

Those Seeking Help and Volunteers are Encouraged to Sign-up Now The City of Evanston’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. Volunteers will be needed for the entire winter 2011-12 snow season. Evanston residents often request assistance during harsh winters for snow shoveling and by residents providing their contact information to the program list, Evanston residents can be provided with a complete list of available volunteers in their…more »

Big Ten Hockey in Your Own Backyard!

On January 13th to the 16th the Northwestern University Men's Ice Hockey Team will host the First Annual Big Ten College Hockey Tournament! The games will be played at the Robert Crown Ice Center located at 1701 Main Street in Evanston, Illinois. This event promises to showcase exciting college hockey for Illinois hockey families to enjoy. Come out and cheer on the ‘Cats! Daily admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children. Children under 5 are free. table {border:1px…more »

City Council Actions - January 9, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, January 9, 2012 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 convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Burrus (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations NorthShore University Health System Donation to Evanston Farmers’ Market for LINK Program…more »

CTA Train Tracker to offer text messages, 'favorite' station features

Posted in CTA, Transportation

'L' riders can soon take advantage of two new features of the CTA Train TrackerSM service: text messaging of train arrival times and the ability to designate "favorite" stations for train information. The new features further enhance one of the CTA's most popular and successful customer tools. Launched in 2011, CTA Train Tracker provides estimated train arrival information at stations along each of the CTA's eight rail lines. The service now receives more than 8 million web page and data…more »

New I-GO Discount Available with CTA & I-GO Smart Card

Posted in CTA, I-GO, Transportation

Get the Chicago Card Plus I-GO card before February 29th (a $60 savings off the regular fee) and get a $50 CTA transit fare credit too! Since January 2009, I-GO and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have offered the Chicago Card Plus I-GO card, the nation’s first joint smart card providing seamless access to a public transit system and a car-sharing service. The Chicago Card Plus I-GO card enables its dual-account holders to access CTA trains and buses, Pace buses,…more »

Special Event Permit Applications Due Feb. 1

Groups and organizations that wish to hold special events in the City of Evanston will need to submit a Special Event Permit Application. A non-refundable $100 application fee must be submitted along with the initial Event Permit Application for all non-City sponsored events. At a minimum, the first page of the application must be submitted to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department by Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to allow sufficient time for City staff to evaluate the request. Events…more »

Art Exhibition Events January 14 and 15

Free events associated with one of the current exhibitions at the Noyes Gallery will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both Sat., Jan. 14 and Sun., Jan. 15. The exhibition is titled, "Pakistan: A Rare View. . .an Introduction to Pakistani Art" and is located in the Second Floor Gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston.   There will be poetry reading, music videos, a children's painting project and gallery talks. Delicious Pakistani refreshments will be served. The…more »

CTA Yellow Line Study Meeting - January 24

Posted in CTA Yellow Line, Transportation

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: YELLOW LINE STATION ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY- CTA Yellow Line between Ridge and Dodge Avenues, City of Evanston A Meeting will be held on January 24, 2012 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Linden Room, Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue. The meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. The City of Evanston is finalizing an engineering feasibility study to identify a preferred alternative location for an infill station along the CTA Yellow Line (Skokie Swift)…more »

The Quest for Zero Waste Recycling Redefined

How can Evanston reframe the recycling paradigm? What does it mean to be “Zero Waste”? Join Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Keep Evanston Beautiful and the City of Evanston for our "January Green Drinks Event" to learn about the challenges we face as we navigate a culture of disposables and waste. Interact with a panel of local experts to brainstorm positive solutions to our waste issues. Speakers will include: Chris Hart, CGE, 10,000 Neighbors of Evanston Campaign Initiator Mary S. Allen, Recycling…more »

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