News Posted in: October 2012

Anti-violence Ideas from Mayor's Public Meeting Now Online

In October, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl held a community meeting seeking public input on ways to address violence in Evanston in the wake of the tragic death of Evanston Township High School Student Dajae Coleman. Over 400 residents participated in the public discussion, offering various solutions to prevent violence. See video coverage of meeting here>>> The City of Evanston has posted to its website community-generated anti-violence proposals stemming from the public meeting. The most frequently proposed initiatives from the meeting…more »

Japanese Delegation Visits Evanston

On Tuesday October 16, the City of Evanston hosted a delegation of 24 Japanese City Council representatives. The group visited four North American cities (Toronto, New York, Chicago and Evanston) in hopes of learning more about different government models and sustainability efforts.  Evanston’s ongoing green initiatives caught the eye of the delegation and requested to meet with elected officials and staff to exchange ideas. The Japanese delegation enjoyed pastries and lunch from local businesses and had an opportunity to learn more about what makes Evanston…more »

Evanston Children Ride Fire Engine to School

July 27 marked the date of the first ever “5-alarm Tweet-along.” 17 hours, dozens of pictures and tweets later, the tweet-along was deemed a success. "Residents were provided with a unique glimpse at equipment, procedures and daily routines of our dedicated fire staff,” said Fire Chief Klaiber. And it didn’t end there. Four lucky families won fire engine rides to school for their children.  The Fire Department staff coordinated with families to select dates in September and early October. The children were picked up…more »

Evanston Children's Theatre Performs "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Nov. 16-18

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Evanston Children's Theatre will perform "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" the weekend of November 16-18, 2012, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Youth age 8 through eighth grade will take the audience on an adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous chocolate factory. Performances will take place on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. The delicious fun of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…more »

Flea Market at Robert Crown Center Nov. 3

The annual Fall Flea Market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston. Admission is free (no early birds, please). You can be "green" while you save money! It's better for the planet to reuse items, rather than always purchasing new items. Anticipated bargains at the 75 tables include sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry and books. Proceeds from table rentals benefit the Robert Crown Center…more »

High Rise Drill Nov. 6-8

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services, with the cooperation of One Rotary Center management, will be conducting a major high rise training drill from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Tuesday, November 6 to Thursday, November 8, 2012. Nine departments of MABAS Division 3 and two companies from Chicago Fire, MABAS Division 9, will also be participating in the drill. What: Media Availability of High Rise Training When: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 Where: One…more »

Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Voting Open

A few of the city's snow plows will be looking particularly festive in preparation for the coming winter season, thanks to some teachers and students in ten schools in Evanston who will participate in the city's Paint Evanston Plows Contest (P.E.P). The City of Evanston’s Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest is now open through November 4 at 5 p.m. The City of Evanston Streets and Sanitation Division annually invites all public and private schools in Evanston to paint murals on…more »

Evanston Lakefront Wave Warning

The City of Evanston is reminding residents of a lakeshore flood warning for Cook County that was issued by the National Weather Service early this morning. Dangerous lakefront waves and potential flooding are predicted and the alert will be in effect from 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30 to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 31. According to the National Weather Service, the remnants of Hurricane Sandy are forecasted to move across the Great Lakes from Monday night through Wednesday, causing northerly…more »

Evanston Named "Bicycle Friendly City"

The City of Evanston was recently named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the Silver Award level by the League of American Bicyclists on October 18, 2012. The recently completed protected bike lane on Church St. helped the city earn the award. The League awards Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) at five levels (Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze) and, with this diverse round of applicants, there are now 242 BFCs in 47 states. With the guidance and expertise of the…more »

Evanston Police to Hold Second Annual Tweet-along Nov. 9 - In Progress

The Evanston Police Department is embarking on its second annual virtual ride-along for Twitter followers of the City of Evanston. Directly from the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center, almost all emergency calls will be tweeted on Friday, November 9 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. This will serve as an educational opportunity for the community to understand the quantity and nature of Evanston 9-1-1 calls. “The police department is excited about this year’s Tweet-along to keep Evanston residents informed about what…more »

City Council Actions - October 22, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, October 22, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 pm City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Tendam (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Tag’s Bakery & Pastry Shop 75th Anniversary City Clerk Rodney “Rookie…more »

Early Voting Now Open at Morton Civic Center

Early Voting has begun for the November 6, 2012 General Election and runs through November 3, 2012. A large voter turnout marked the first day of Early Voting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center as scores of Evanstonians lined up to cast their votes early. Evanston registered voters can now participate in Early Voting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. The hours of Early Voting are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.…more »

Farmers' Market Fall Fest on October 27

Besides the gorgeous autumn plants, delicious food and fresh produce available for purchase, the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market will have a festive look and fun things to do at this year's Fall Fest, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Fall Fest activities include free arts + crafts activities and mini-pumpkin decorating. Children age 11 and younger, who come in costume, will receive a goodie bag. Vendors will be dressed in…more »

New Erie Evanston/Skokie Community Health Center Opens

The first community health center serving the near north suburbs opened its doors at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center in Evanston on Monday, October 22, 2012. Representatives from Erie Family Health Center, the City of Evanston and the Village of Skokie gathered for a ribbon-cutting event. Photos here>>> Erie Evanston/Skokie will offer high-quality health care for thousands of Evanston and Skokie residents who previously lacked access to affordable care. It will provide primary care services for children, teens,…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

1. Appeal of denial by Preservation Commission of Certificate of Appropriateness for construction of new NU Visitor Center at 1841 Sheridan Road. 2. Contract for annual insurance brokerage and consulting service services with Mesirow Financial Services. 3. Agreement with Village of Skokie for joint use of its Fire Training Facilities. 4. Ordinance amending the organization and authority of the Civil Service Commission incorporating changes in State law on Firefighter hiring and other updates. 5. Ordinance allowing for street designation of…more »

Call to Artists for Holiday Bazaar

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Artists are invited to be part of the "Evanston Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar," to be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. Vendors must live or work in Evanston or participate at Evanston studios or galleries. A limited number of tables are available for $80 each on a first-come, first-served basis.  Two artists may share a table for $40 each. The application deadline is Nov. 1. To…more »

City of Evanston Contracting for Additional Towing for Winter Season

The City of Evanston is currently establishing contracts for emergency snow towing for the 2012/2013 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. Those who have a tow truck, are interested in participating in this program or need more information, can contact 847/866-2935, email dcortez@cityofevanston.org or stop by the Purchasing Division, Suite 4200 of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center,…more »

Noyes 'L' Stop Night Work Continues

As part of the CTA Station Renewal Program, CTA crews will be doing night work on the Noyes St. 'L' stop on the Purple Line for the next six weeks that will include paint abatement, power washing, painting, repairs and lighting enhancements. The CTA Renewal Program started about a year ago and is designed to provide a facelift to 100 CTA rail stations. The initiative, performed by work crews comprised of different trade workers called the "Renew Crew," focuses on…more »

City of Evanston Releases 2013 Proposed Budget

On October 12, 2012, Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz released the proposed budget for the City of Evanston's 2013 Fiscal Year, which runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. The total proposed budget is $248,034,384 which includes all funds and inter-fund transfer expenses.  The General Fund budget is projected to have $84,138,051 in revenues and $85,079,401 in expenditures, which produces a deficit of $941,350. The City Manager has proposed various budget balancing adjustments for the City Council’s consideration.…more »

October is Arts & Humanities Month

Every day we celebrate the arts, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month—the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Announces Auditions for "Merry Kwanzaa"

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will hold an open call for youth age 12 and older and adults for this winter's production of "Merry Kwanzaa." Auditions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Room 223, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Those auditioning are asked to bring a photo and a prepared monologue or poem. This will be Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's third annual production of "Merry Kwanzaa," which features a multi-generational and multi-racial cast…more »

City of Evanston to Hold Second Community Dialogue on Race

The City of Evanston will be hosting its second dialogue on race entitled, “My Evanston, My Neighbors: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Understanding and Our Hopes for Evanston.” In following with Evanston’s ongoing commitment to combatting prejudice and strengthening understanding among all of its residents, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl invites residents from all over Evanston to participate in this dialogue. “Evanston continues to be a very diverse community and it is this diversity that helps define us as such a…more »

Men's Day Dinner to be Held October 20

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center are hosting a free inaugural Men’s Day Dinner and Discussion from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. The event will take place at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. The evening will celebrate the men of Evanston with the theme, “I Am a Man.” Following dinner, a panel discussion will address men’s issues, including education, careers and finance, family, community and health. Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Dr. Hardy R.…more »

Changes in City's Drop-off Recycling Program

Effective immediately, the City of Evanston’s Health Department will no longer be a drop off location for the recycling of CFL light bulbs, batteries or small electronics. These items can be dropped off at the Levy Senior Center and the Ecology Center. This change in recycling locations is due to space needs for the creation of a new Erie Health Center, which will share space with the Evanston Health Department on the Morton Civic Center’s ground floor. Evanston residents can continue…more »

Snapshot Evanston Offers One-Day Orientation to Evanston on Oct 18

The Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program will be sponsoring the annual Snapshot Evanston on October 18. The event is designed to give local residents and Evanston-based employees a one-day orientation into the community. Snapshot Evanston is an opportunity to gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the Evanston community and its issues. This event allows participants to meet with local leaders, delve into current issues and tour the entire city. The day begins with a look back at…more »

Evanston Leads the Way in Local Government with Expanded Online 3-1-1 and Website Features

The City of Evanston announces it has launched several additional online tools that will increase the ease and ways in which residents, workers and visitors can interact with municipal government. The new technologies being employed by the city’s 3-1-1 Call Center include: Live Web Chat, Click to Call, SMS/Text messaging, a 3-1-1 online satisfaction survey and a Mobile Optimized Website. “The implementation of these new technologies firmly places the City of Evanston in the leader category of communities its…more »

More Street Resurfacing Projects to Begin October 8

Starting October 8, for three weeks, the City of Evanston will be contracting road resurfacing work on three street segments throughout the city. This project involves curb replacement, as needed; roadway base repair; replacement of the asphalt surface from curb to curb; and selected sidewalk replacement and driveway aprons. Any sprinkler systems should be identified and marked with a flag by the property owner prior to the start of construction to prevent damages to the sprinkler system. The roadwork is part of…more »

Priority Enrollment for CEDA LIHEAP Begins Oct. 1

October 1st begins the Priority Enrollment for Emergency Furnace; Reconnection Assistance; and Households with Children under 5 years old. Effective September 2012, the nationwide home weatherization focus is primarily on health and safety.  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced adjustments to the Home Weatherization Program to ensure strong health and safety measures for the homes we weatherize. Home Weatherization program details can be found at http://cedaorg.blogspot.com. Access the PDF on the CEDA Home Energy Assistance Program here:  Energy_2012_2013.pdf.…more »

Temporary Traffic Shift on Ridge Rd. for Repair of Underground Telecommunications Conduit

There will be a temporary shift in traffic patterns on Ridge Road between Simpson and Foster Streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 8 through October 12 to repair an existing underground telecommunications conduit. Street parking will become the north bound lane for the period of time needed to make this excavation. Questions can be directed to Northwestern University at 847/467-1009.  …more »

CGE to Host Next Green Drinks Oct. 9, "Getting Our Homes Ready for Winter"

Citizens' Greener Evanston will be hosting its next Green Drinks event on October 9 entitled "Getting Our Homes Ready for Winter." Participants will learn about low-cost home energy assessments; rebates on air sealing and insulation; and low-interest loans for broader energy repairs. At this month's Green Drinks, panelists will discuss exciting new opportunities to improve building efficiency and thereby lowering utility bills and improving the comfort of people's homes.  Residents will learn about generous rebates available to homeowners of all income levels, living…more »

City Seeks Public Comment on 2013 Action Plan

The City of Evanston will hold public meetings to hear comment on the 2013 Action Plan on October 16 and 18, 2012. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. The 2013 Action Plan outlines how the city’s estimated 2013 CDBG, HOME and ESG funds, along with program income and unspent CDBG funds from prior years will be used to improve the quality of life primarily for low and moderate income Evanston residents. The City of Evanston expects to receive…more »