News Posted in: March 2012

April is "Evanston CAN Recycle!" Month

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announces that April is “Evanston CAN Recycle!” month. For the sixth year in a row, the City of Evanston is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge. Evanston residents and businesses are being asked to recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible during the entire month of April 2012. The contest, which is sponsored by The United States Conference of Mayors, Novelis Corporation and Keep America Beautiful, Inc., challenges cities across the country to…more »

Residential Burglary Offenders Arrested

On Thursday, March 29th at approximately 11:45 AM Evanston Police were called to the 2200 block of Noyes St. for a burglary that had just occurred. On arrival, responding officers learned from the victim that two subjects had forced entry to his residence via a rear door and, upon being confronted, fled on foot and were briefly chased by the victim. After furnishing police responders with a description of the offenders and direction of travel, both subjects were shortly thereafter…more »

Emergency Solutions Grant Program, Addressing Homelessness in Evanston

Posted in Community and Economic Development, Housing

The Human Services Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 2, 2012 to receive comment on the City of Evanston’s Substantial Amendment to the 2011 Action Plan and the 2012 Action Plan portions of the 2010-2014 Evanston Consolidated Plan that address implementation of the Emergency Solutions Grant program, formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant program under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be…more »

Evanston's Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree Removal Update

Posted in Tree removal and tree planting EAB Emerald Ash Borer

Following the mild winter and unseasonably early spring weather, the Emerald Ash Borer has been spreading at a rapid pace, leading to the removal of a large number of parkway trees. In July 2006, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) confirmed the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was located in the far northern edge of Evanston. When the insect was first detected, Evanston had over 4,000 ash trees on its parkways and in its parks, which was about 12% of the…more »

Proposed Streetscape Projects Presented to City Council

On Monday, March 26, City staff presented the Evanston City Council plans for streetscape projects on Dodge Ave. at Lake St., on Church St. and on Orrington Ave. at Church St. The plans presented included streetscape design, protected bike path (cycle track) design and sidewalk furniture and pedestrian lighting concepts. In October 2011, the City Council approved the resurfacing of Church Street and improving the Church Street Streetscape to include the construction of a bike path. Additionally, in February 2012, the…more »

Ecology Center and EEA Host Green Film Series

The Evanston Ecology Center, in partnership with the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), is hosting Evanston’s first Green Film Series. The film series includes a selection of many of the best films from the renowned Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the U.S. Films will be screened from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and Friday, May 11, 2012. The Ecology Center is located at 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. Films are suitable for…more »

City Council Actions - March 26, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, March 26, 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 Holmes (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Girl Scouts of the USA 100th Anniversary, March 2012 Affordable Housing Month,…more »

Evanston Property Management Training Series Set for April 2-5

The Community Investment Corporation, in conjunction with the City of Evanston, will be offering a four night Property Management Training Series for Evanston apartment landlords and property managers April 2 through April 5. Join us and hear from expert professionals about: marketing & tenant selection; routine & preventive maintenance; fair housing; collections & evictions; housing choice vouchers; bedbugs; Real Estate Tax Appeals, and more! The cost for this series is $50, only in advance. Preregistration is REQUIRED by calling 312/258-0070…more »

Condo Association Training Set for April 17

Join representatives from Lakeside Community Development Corporation (Lakeside CDC) on Tuesday, April 17, from 6 PM to 8:30 PM at the Levy Senior Center, Linden Room, 300 Dodge Ave in Evanston for a workshop on condominium training and assistance. Admission to this event is $25 per person. Parking is free. Please RSVP online at www.lakesidecdc.org or call 773/381-5253. In our 4 C's: The Basics, we discuss how to improve your association by focusing on Community, Communications, Consistency, and Collections. In…more »

A New Book Group at EPL Features True Stories & Real People

The Evanston Public Library starts a new book group, Keepingitreal, featuring true stories and real people. The top three selling Kindle books of 2011, according to Amazon, were Steve Jobs, Bossypants and A Stolen Life. At the Academy Awards, the movie Moneyball was nominated for not only Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, but Best Picture as well. What do all of these have in common? They are all true stories. Keepinitreal is a non-fiction book club is the first of…more »

"In the Works" Public Works Newsletter Now Available Online

The Spring 2012 edition of In the Works is now available online. This newsletter from the City of Evanston's Public Works Department covers news and updates on yard waste, street cleaning, construction projects, recycling and more! View the newsletter here>>>…more »

Traffic Lane Reductions on Ridge Ave. at Clark St. Extended

The contractor for the 1717 Ridge project has extended work on Ridge Avenue between Church Street and Clark Street starting Tuesday, March 27, 2012, for another week, weather permitting. They will be opening up the street to install new water and sewer service connections and closing old service connections. The work will require reducing one travel lane in each direction between Church Street and Clark Street between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM; access to Clark Street will be…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted in City Council

1. Report outlining next steps on electric aggregation initiative. Two public meetings are required by law on proposed operations plan and have been scheduled for April 3 and 4. Staff is working on organizing a third meeting for Monday April 9 in deference to those who may be out of town for school spring breaks the week of April 2. Operations plan is scheduled for City Council meeting on April 10. 2. Approval of 2012 Special Events Calendar 3. Continued…more »

Mayor Encourages Employer Participation in Youth Job Fair

Posted in Youth Job Fair

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program’s Youth Job Fair will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is asking local businesses to support the City’s Youth Engagement Initiative by hiring Evanston youth and young adults who interview for jobs at the fair. She considers hiring youth and young adults to be “vital for the future of Evanston and for our local economy.” The City of Evanston has secured…more »

National Drinking Water Week Art Contest, Vote for Your Favorite

The City of Evanston is holding an art contest for 3rd graders in honor of National Drinking Water Week, which runs from May 6 through May 12. On-line voting is now open for the 2012 National Drinking Water Week Art Contest. For this inaugural art contest, 3rd grade artists from across Evanston were invited to submit an art project which depicts how water is important to them. The top 10 art projects will be displayed at the Evanston Main Public…more »

Muse of Fire Theatre Company Presents "Antigone"

Muse of Fire Theatre Company’s first-ever spring season kicks off with a free staged reading of Anouilh’s great tragedy. First performed in Paris during the Nazi occupation of France, this play retells Sophocles’ ancient story of a young woman who chooses to follow her conscience and defy the law. The reading is being directed by company member Eric Damon Smith and performed in English. This production is co-sponsored by the City of Evanston. For more info, please call 847/707-8632 or…more »

Evanston Inventure Video Presentation on Office Inventory Issues

Recently there was a study done by students at the Kellogg School on Evanston Office Inventory Issues. Evanston Inventure commissioned this study done as a quarter long class project under the supervision of Kellogg Professor Therese McGuire. Dr. McGuire is Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg and the Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research and the School’s Real Estate Program. The presentation of the study is now available on the City of Evanston's YouTube account. The study looks…more »

City Seeks Public Input on Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The Human Services Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 2, 20121 to receive comment on the City of Evanston’s Substantial Amendment to the 2011 Action Plan and the 2012 Action Plan portions of the 2010-2014 Evanston Consolidated Plan that address implementation of the Emergency Solutions Grant program, formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant program under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. What: Human Services Committee Public…more »

The Wise Kids: Free Film Screening at the Evanston Public Libary

Join us for a free screening of Stephen Cone's 2011 independent film, “The Wise Kids.” Winner of the Grand Jury Award for screenwriting and dramatic feature at LA's OutFest, it is a film that is rich with layers and explores complex issues in a beautiful, subtle way. “The Wise Kids” is the moving story of three southern teens as they finish high school and grapple with the open questions of their future and is a nuanced coming-of-age tale about…more »

Evanston Celebrates World Water Day and Local Water Activities

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. While in some parts of the world, people survive on 5 gallons of water per day, the average Evanston resident uses 97 gallons per person per day. Evanston is fortunate to be located near the Lake Michigan, one of the world's most valuable sources of fresh surface water. The Great Lakes…more »

"The Next Generation" Art Exhibition Opens March 29

The work of young, emerging Chicago-area artists Megan Diddie, Rebecca George, Saika Kase, and Benjamin Stagl will be exhibited in “The Next Generation” show at the Noyes Art Gallery located in the City of Evanston’s Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, March 29 through Wednesday, May 9, 2012. An artists’ reception will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 1 at the Noyes Gallery. Admission is free and…more »

Chicago Ave. Streetscape Project to Begin April 2

Starting April 2 for twelve weeks,  the City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting out a streetscape project on Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard to Main Street. The streetscape improvements include: roadway curbing, concrete planters, installation of tree and perennial plantings, irrigation system and installation of pedestrian signal heads at Chicago/Kedzie intersection. The streetscape improvements will improve aesthetics on Chicago Avenue; pedestrian safety will be increased due to the curb extensions and cross walks; and the roadwork is a part of…more »

National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week April 8-14

HELP CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK, SAVE LIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT Each year, the second week of April is designated by Congress as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. This week is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Here at the Evanston Police Department, we want to thank these typically anonymous and under appreciated professionals for the critical, and sometimes “unsung” work that they do – day in and day out: Perry Polinski (31…more »

E.P.D. Traffic Enforcement Results for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

The Evanston Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement initiative targeting drivers under the influence and seat-belt violators. This initiative was supported through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and the "Click it or Ticket" programs. The following enforcement mission ran over the St. Patrick's Day weekend and resulted in the following arrests and citations: Driving Under the Influence Arrests - 4 Warrant Arrests - 1 Speeding in Excess of Posted Limit -…more »

Electricity Aggregation Referendum Passes; Public Hearings to Discuss Operation and Governance

Through the March 20, 2012 referendum vote, 73% of Evanston voters asked the City of Evanston to work to obtain lower electricity supply rates for its residents and small businesses through an opt-out electricity aggregation program. Following the passage of this binding referendum, the City legally may arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program. In order to develop and adopt a plan of operation…more »

City Council Actions - March 19, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, March 19, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. City Council meets at 7 pm. ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Wilson (II) Mayor Public Announcements Recognition of Adrian and Daphne Dortch (III) City Manager Public Announcements Women Out Walking (W.O.W.) Kick-off Announcement • Kick-off Day is March 24th, 2012. Contact Health Department for more information.…more »

City, Community Respond to Veolia Waste Transfer Station Issues

The City of Evanston held a press conference near the Veolia Waste Transfer Station in Evanston on Friday, March 16, 2012 regarding the lawsuit filed against it by Veolia Environment Services as relates to its operation of a waste transfer station at 1711 Church Street in Evanston, Illinois. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, was joined by Aldermen Delores Holmes (5th Ward) and Peter Braithwaite (2nd Ward), Kristen White and Dorothy Headd of Evanston Neighbors United (a group concerned about the operations…more »

Volunteers Needed for Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Fair

The City of Evanston is seeking volunteers to help with the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Fair on April 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program is for Evanston youth age 14-18 years. In order to be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school and be at least 14 years of age when the Youth Employment Program begins in mid-June 2012. More about the program here>>> Volunteers will be asked to attend a training session…more »

Free Concert by Natya Dance Theatre on April 4

Posted in Free concert dance theatre arts

A free Spring Break Concert by Natya Dance Theatre will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 in the main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The theatre is under the artistic leadership of Hema Rajagopalan and is amongst the most critically acclaimed and culturally treasured Indian dance companies in the United States. The program is presented by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, in partnership with the Evanston Public Library. This presentation is a…more »

Evanston Children's Theatre performs "Peter Pan" March 23-25

Posted in Evanston Children's Theatre

Evanston Children's Theatre will perform a new version of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" the weekend of March 23-25. The beloved story of Peter, Wendy, John, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell is still set in Never Land, but the play has been restored to Barrie's original intentions and introduces a new character, the Storyteller. Performances will take place at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Shows will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23; at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday,…more »

City's Website Wins "Sunny Award" for Transparency

The City of Evanston's website has won a 2012 Sunny Award. The Sunny Award is presented by the Editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in the nation. These outstanding websites have scored an "A" transparency grade on Sunshine Review's Transparency Checklist. This year, only 214 of the more than 6,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award. See evaluation here>>> Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of…more »

Traffic Lane Reductions on Ridge Ave. at Clark St. to Begin March 12

Posted in Construction, Lane Reductions, Traffic

The contractor for the 1717 Ridge project will be working on Ridge Avenue between Church Street and Clark Street starting Monday, March 12, 2012 for the next two weeks, weather permitting. They will be opening up the street to install new water and sewer service connections and closing old service connections. The work will require reducing one travel in each direction between Church Street and Clark Street between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM; access to Clark Street…more »

Sherman Plaza Parking Garage Façade Inspection Starts March 12

The City of Evanston has contracted with Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates, Inc., structural engineering consultants, to do an inspection of the façade panels on the Sherman Plaza Parking Garage located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson Ave. The consultants will be looking for any possible deterioration of the panels on the 12-story parking garage. Protective scaffolding has already been erected over the sidewalks on both streets and the inspection will begin Monday, March 12, 2012. The sidewalks will remain open. Engineers…more »

Third Annual Evanston Day in Springfield a Success

Highlighted by a private meeting with Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Tisdahl and Evanston Aldermen Braithwaite, Burrus and Grover, led a group of distinguished education, business and civic leaders to Springfield to discuss important city matters on Wednesday, March 7th for the Third Annual Evanston Day in Springfield. Participants were welcomed to Springfield with a lunch at the Governor’s Mansion with comments by Evanston residents Michelle Sadler, Secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Julie Hamos, Director Department of Health and…more »

E.P.D. Increases Patrols for Impaired Drivers

The Evanston Police Department today announces that it will take part in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown by conducting special patrols during this St. Patrick's Day holiday period to curtail impaired drivers and late-night safety belt law violators. "Too often, St. Patrick's Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of impaired driving," said Sgt. Thomas Moore. "That is why starting today and running through March 19th , we…more »

City Seeks Public Comment on Use of CDBG, HOME & ESG Funds from 2011

Posted in CAPER, CDBG, Community and Economic Development, ESG, HOME, HUD

The Housing & Community Development Act Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Room 2404 of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, to receive citizen comment on the City of Evanston’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for fiscal year 2011, and for input on needs in the community for planning purposes for the 2013 CDBG fiscal year. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. View the CAPER here>>> The CAPER…more »

Fix a Leak Week: March 12-18

Fix-a-Leak Week is right around the corner! This year Fix- a-Leak Week is from March 12-18 and the City of Evanston encourages you to check out your house for any leaks during this week. Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That's why WaterSense reminds Americans…more »

Property Management Workshops to be Held at Morton Civic Center

The Community Investment Corporation, in conjunction with the City of Evanston, will be holding property management workshops March 22 and April 2-5, 2012 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Since 1999 over 9,000 landlords and managers have attended CIC Property Management Training! Introduction to Property Management - March 22 Topics every Evanston landlord should know. Do you own multifamily property? Then you’ll want to check this out. It’s short and it’s practical, it’s to the point. Experts from the City of…more »

Evanston Public Library Board Appoints New Library Director

The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees appointed Karen Danczak Lyons to serve as the next director of the Evanston Public Library at the March 7, 2012 Special Board Meeting. She begins in her new position April 16. Most recently, Lyons was the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library (CPL), and began her library career in 1993. Prior to joining the CPL, she was the budget director of the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management, overseeing…more »

Evanston Police Arrest Criminal Sexual Assault Offender

Posted in Arrests

On Monday, March 5, 2012 at approximately 1:55PM, Evanston Police responded to a call of a criminal sexual assault that had just occurred in the 1900 block of Dewey Ave. The victim had called police from the nearby Family Focus Building located at 2010 Dewey Ave. stating that she was just sexually assaulted by an unknown offender and provided a detailed description of this subject. A patrol officer in the area of the call located a subject matching the description within a…more »

Evanston Police Conduct Tobacco Checks

The Evanston Police Department's Juvenile Bureau conducted a tobacco compliance check on February 24, 2012 in which police focused their attention on retail establishments that sell tobacco products in Evanston and have a license from the city allowing such sales.  This mission was funded through a grant from the Illlinois Liquor Control Commission looking for establishments that sell tobocco products to minors who are under the age of 18. Officer's get assistance from individuals who are under the age of 18 to act as purchasers…more »

E.P.D. Arrest Residential & Garage Burglary Offenders

For just over the past week, Evanston Police detectives were investigating leads developed from a residential burglary that occurred back on January 15, 2012 in the 1000 block of Michigan Ave. This residential burglary had approximately $20,000 in proceeds taken, that included jewelry, computers, cameras, I-pods and a guitar. One detective had become aware that a laptop computer and a guitar were sold to a business in Niles, Illinois called Cash Convertors. This detective then learned who had sold these…more »

Mayor's State of City Address and Award for the Arts

On Friday, March 2, 2012 Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl gave her third annual State of the City Address at the Hilton Orrington Evanston and presented the Mayor's Award for the Arts to two individuals, one organization and one local business. The Mayor highlighted many of the successes and challenges that the city has undergone over the past year along with highlighting some of her goals for the following year. "Evanston made great strides in 2011 as we focused on increasing economic activity,…more »

2011 City of Evanston Annual Report Now Available

The City of Evanston is committed to promoting the highest quality of life for all residents by providing fiscally sound, responsive municipal services and delivering those services equitably, professionally and with the highest degree of integrity. "Evanston made great strides in 2011 as we focused on increasing economic activity, bringing greater opportunity and activities to our youth, and keeping Evanston residents safe and healthy, all while managing our finances responsibly. My thanks to the members of the City Council, City…more »

Evanston Recycles Over 1,200 lbs of Holiday Lights

Posted in Holiday Light Recycling

Although the holiday season has come and gone there is ONE more thing to celebrate! This year, the Evanston community again had a strong participation in the holiday light recycling program. From December through January, more than 1,200 lbs. of holiday lights were collected at the Ecology Center, Levy Senior Center and the library. Holiday lights were recycled by Elgin Recycling where the lights are dissembled and broken down into their individual parts to be turned into new products. Evanston’s last…more »

Evanston's 3-1-1 Call Center Marks One Year Anniversary

The City of Evanston marks the one year anniversary of its 3-1-1 Call Center. The city changed the way it does business with the launch of its 3-1-1 Call Center on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The 3-1-1 Center, the forth such system in the State of Illinois, is a one-stop-shop for all non-emergency questions and requests for city services. Residents will simply have to dial 3-1-1 or go online at www.cityofevanston.org/311 for city services. Since its rollout last year, the…more »

Parking Meter Increases Now in Effect, Meters Now Accept Dollar Coins

As part of the already enacted 2012 Fiscal Year budget, parking meters throughout Evanston saw a fee increase that went into effect February 1, 2012. With this fee increase, Evanston Parking Services have recalibrated the city’s 2,201 meters to reflect this change. Additionally, parking meters now accept one dollar coins except for 20 and 30 minute meters. Ordinance 114-O-11 increased parking meter fees by $.25/hour for meters with max time limits of 2, 3 and 4 hours as well as…more »

2011 Annual Report for Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Released

This week the City of Evanston's Fire and Life Safety Services released their 2011 Annual Report. The department maintains a full-time professional staff of 110 members with the mission to protect life, property and the environment. Evanston has five fire stations which house five fire engines, two aerial ladder trucks, two ambulances and an incident command vehicle. The vast majority of staff are licensed paramedics in addition to being firefighters which allows the department to staff two Advanced Life Support…more »