News Posted in: November 2012

Evanston Police and North Regional Major Crimes Task Force Continue to Investigate Homicide

Evanston Police detectives and now the North Regional Major Crime Task Force continue to investigate the shooting death that occurred yesterday at 6:15PM in the 1800 block of Brown Ave. The victim is now formally identified as Justin M. Murray, Age 19 of Evanston. During the initial investigation by police, officers responded to several shots fired calls and discovered Murray lying on the parkway in front of 1818 Brown Ave. Evanston Fire Paramedics transported to Murray to Evanston /…more »

Evanston Still Maintains Competitive Water Rates Compared to Other Metro Communities

At the November 26, 2012 City Council Meeting, aldermen accepted the introduction of an ordinance that would result in a three percent water rate increase to take effect July 1, 2013. The increase was needed to manage the amount of bonds sold to finance proposed capital improvement projects.  With the increase, the average cost increase to a single family home consumer will pay approximately one dollar per bi-monthly billing period. Evanston’s current water rate is $1.75 per 100 cubic…more »

Piccolo Theatre Offers Discount Tickets to Residents for its "Bah, Humbug" Production

Piccolo Theatre recognizes how important it is to give back to its community, and offers affordable, quality programming for the whole family. As a way of saying thank you for supporting a local arts organization, Piccolo Theatre is offering $15 tickets for all Evanston residents this weekend, November 30 - December 2 (walk up sales only, with i.d.). And due to overwhelming response, they are extending the offer to the weekend of December 7 - 9. Two full weekends of comedy and holiday cheer without breaking the bank! …more »

City Now Offers Snow Alert Text Messages as Snow Parking Regulations Start Dec. 1

The City of Evanston’s Streets and Sanitation Division would like to remind residents that the city’s snow parking regulations go into effect beginning December 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 in the event of a declared Snow Route Parking Ban or Snow Emergency. More about snow events in Evanston can be found at www.cityofevanston.org/snow.     Snow Route Parking Ban A Snow Route Parking Ban can be declared after an accumulation of two inches or more of snow for…more »

Caneva Appointed New Assistant Director of Health Department

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced on November 28 the appointment of Carl Caneva to the new position of Assistant Director of the Evanston Health Department. In this position, Caneva will assist and oversee the planning, coordinating and administration of a broad range of public health services for the Health Department including environmental health, food protection programs, lead poisoning prevention program, rodent control, beach water testing and surveillance, emergency preparedness and response and communicable disease surveillance.   In this new role, he will also manage…more »

Proposed Walgreens on Crawford Ave. Goes before Skokie Plan Commission Dec. 6

The Village of Skokie’s Plan Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 to discuss plans for a new Walgreens (14,490 square feet) to be built at the former site of UBAA Tap on Crawford Ave. just south of Old Orchard Rd. Walgreens is seeking permission from the village for a special use to sell package liquor and a special use to build a drive-thru. The UBAA Tap, formerly known as UBBA & Crawford Inn, had been located at 9956 Crawford Ave.…more »

Winter Break Camps Begin December 26

This is the time to finalize plans for your child's winter break from school in late December 2012 and early January 2013. One of the City of Evanston Recreation Division's camps will keep your child active, creative and busy. There are 13 camps this year to choose from, including an ecology camp, arts camp, Ultimate Adventure Camp (field trips every day), LEGO® camp, four sports camps, camps for preschoolers and more! Options vary and include one week or two,…more »

Free Fair Housing Training Session on Dec. 3

Open Communities will present a free one-hour Fair Housing training session for condo and homeowner associations from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. The types of questions that could be addressed include: Can a resident—or their guest—have a seeing‐eye dog if the association has a “no pets” policy? If a resident needs a handicap parking spot, but all spaces are already assigned, what is the…more »

City Council Actions - November 26, 2012

    CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, November 26, 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 Burrus (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations Recognition of Long Term Care Administrators Charlotte Kohn and…more »

City of Evanston Wins Award for Citizen Engagement

The City of Evanston has been recognized as a Citizen-Engaged Community award winner for 2012-2014 by the Public Technology Institute (PTI). Evanston was the only city in the “under 75,000 population” category to win the award. In addition, Evanston joins San Francisco, California and Montgomery County, Maryland, as the nation’s only winners of both the Citizen-Engaged Community award and PTI’s Web 2.0 award, which was announced two months ago. “The City of Evanston is very proud to receive this…more »

"Merry Kwanzaa" on Stage December 26

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present "Merry Kwanzaa," award-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie’s play about four generations learning the meaning of love and unity and the power of faith. It will be performed at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Admission is free. "Merry Kwanzaa," when Christmas meets Kwanzaa, will be directed by Aubrey Marquez . It features a multi-generational and multi-racial cast of Evanston residents, including Joyce Childress, Sandra Chavis and former…more »

Farmer & Artisan Food Market Opens Dec. 1

The Evanston Farmer & Artisan Food Market is returning to the Evanston Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. The market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday for five months, from December 1, 2012 through April 27, 2013. The Ecology Center is located in the Ladd Arboretum, with convenient free parking just across Bridge Street and in the surrounding residential streets. This market extends the farmers' selling season for local fresh produce and gives them…more »

Housing Rehab Loans Available for Income-eligible Home Owners

Is your home ready for winter? Colder weather, combined with rain, snow and ice, is on the way. The City of Evanston’s Housing Rehabilitation Program can help low-income homeowners by replacing failed furnaces, repairing or replacing leaking roofs and addressing other needs to return homes to decent and safe condition. Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development are used to provide zero interest loans for income-eligible households. For more information, visit www.cityofevanston.org/ownerloans.…more »

Starting Your Own Business - For Teens!

The Evanston Public Library will be offering a program for teens interested in starting their own business. The program will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, December 1 in the Small Meeting Room at the Main Public Library, located at 1703 Orrington Avenue in Evanston. Participants will learn the basics of getting a business started, from budgeting to marketing, and everything else it takes to get their dream off the ground. Participants should register online at…more »

"Producemobile" Comes to Evanston, Will Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Needy

The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Producemobile is coming to Evanston, and will be offering free fresh fruits and vegetables on a first-come, first-served basis every second Tuesday of the month. Co-sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston and the City of Evanston, the first produce delivery takes place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on December 11 in the Robert Crown Center parking lot at 1701 Main Street. The Greater Chicago Food Depository launched the Producemobile program in 2001. These brightly colored, beverage-style…more »

"The Nutcracker on Ice" Celebrates the Holiday Season Dec. 7-9

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"The Nutcracker on Ice," Robert Crown Center's winter ice show, will be performed four times the weekend of Dec. 7-9, 2012. 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. This beloved ice show is performed by Robert Crown Center ice skating school students and…more »

Evanston Spotlights Competitive Edge with Launch of New Website evanstonedge.com

The City of Evanston has launched a new website, evanstonedge.com, which showcases Evanston businesses and its commitment to making Evanston a unique, livable and innovative city on the edge of Chicago, Lake Michigan and the North Shore. The website is geared towards highlighting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to locate in the community.  The website was created to highlight Evanston’s cutting edge innovation, creativity and culture and will feature growth-oriented stories and video. he new website will serve as both…more »

CTA Night Track Renewal Work Continues Until November 28

This information is provided on behalf of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). In an effort to renew the CTA track, eliminate slow zones and continue to provide quality rapid transit service, work will be performed that may affect the Evanston community. While progress sometimes comes with inconveniences, CTA will do their best to keep them to a minimum. Between Central and Davis Stations Nov. 19-21 10 p.m., Monday, November 19 to 4 a.m., Tuesday, November 20 10 p.m., Tuesday, November…more »

Update on Evanston's Electricity Aggregation Program - Energy Mix Disclosure

This month, all Evanston residential and small business customers, who are currently in the city’s electricity aggregation program, received an energy disclosure statement from Constellation Energy. Customers may be wondering why this information was distributed to them.  The energy disclosure statement is required to be sent to customers each quarter by the Illinois laws that govern electricity service in Illinois (Section 16-127 of the Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law of 1997 and the rules of the…more »

City Reminds Residents of One-Day Liquor License Requirements

The City of Evanston would like to remind residents that a One-day Liquor License is required to sell alcohol at special events. Additionally, the city requires alcohol awareness training. A One-Day Liquor License is a temporary license issued for the service of alcohol or beer and wine at special events. Only individuals, businesses or organizations residing in Evanston may obtain a One-Day Liquor License. The requirement is for all events involving the sale, service and consumption of beer and…more »

City Working on Options to Replace Unexpected Removal of Mural on Green Bay Rd.

The City of Evanston, through its Public Art Committee, is looking into options to replace the 110-foot mural on Green Bay Road that was recently painted over. The mural was painted on a Metra retention wall near Emerson Avenue. The mural, “A Loose History of Evanston,” was created in 2002 by Evanston Township High School graduate Theodore Boggs for his senior studies project. The mural traced a historical time line of Evanston.  At the November meeting of the city’s…more »

Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 7

Talented local artists are filling the Evanston Ecology Center with great gifts for the annual Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar, which will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7. There will be unique gifts for that "special someone" for the holidays or shoppers can plan ahead and purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays or anniversaries. The Ecology Center is located at 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. Admission is free and parking is free in the lot across the…more »

EPL Winter Book Sale Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

The Evanston Public Library will once again be holding its Winter Book Sale from November 30 to December 2 at the Main Library located at 1703 Orrington Ave. in the third floor Book Sale Room. The sale features dozens of hand-selected art and coffee table books. Many books are in like-new condition and would make great holiday gifts. From history novels to children’s books to travel guides, we have something for everyone! All proceeds directly benefit the Library’s programs and collections.…more »

Evanston Selected to Participate in North American Pilot Sustainability Program

The City of Evanston has been invited to participate in the STAR Community Pilot Program, which will track its sustainability efforts. The program taps nearly thirty leadership cities and counties from across North America in a year-long testing evaluation of the STAR Community Rating System.  Evanston was the only community in Illinois selected for the pilot program. Released October 1, 2012, the STAR Community Rating System (STAR: Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) is the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting…more »

City to Offer All-day Free Parking in Downtown Garages Nov. 16 for Tree Lighting & Holiday Bash

The City of Evanston will be offering all-day free parking in its three downtown self-parking garages for the annual tree lighting ceremony and Downtown Evanston Holiday Bash. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16 at Fountain Square. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will join Santa in the lighting of the 30-foot-tall decorated tree and entertainment will be provided by Music Institute of Chicago and representatives from Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon. Fountain Square…more »

Snow Shoveling Program for Seniors and Disabled

The City of Evanston is happy to connect seniors and individuals with disabilities with volunteers who are willing to assist with snow shoveling during the upcoming Winter 2012-13 season. This program was developed three years ago to assist these community members in need. The city encourages Evanston seniors or those with disabilities, who need assistance shoveling sidewalks and driveways, to sign up for this program. The senior or disabled person can complete the form online here, call the Levy Senior…more »

North Branch Library Closed for Painting Nov. 22 - Dec. 1

The Evanston North Branch Library is sprucing up for the holidays and will briefly close for painting. In order to safely complete the painting project, the North Branch Library, located at 2026 Central St., will be CLOSED from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012. During this time: The Central Street Book drop will remain in use, and materials may be returned there. North Branch materials may also be returned to the Main Library or…more »

City Council Actions - November 12, 2012

    CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, November 12, 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 Grover (II) Public Hearing Chicago Main Tax Increment Financing District • Business owner concerned about TIF…more »

McDonald's Withdraws Application for Restaurant on Gross Point Rd.

Representatives for the proposed McDonald’s restaurant to be located at 2500 Gross Point Rd. in Evanston have withdrawn their application for special use permits. The application had been set for a hearing before the City of Evanston’s Zoning Board of Appeals on November 13, 2012. The restaurant would have been located at the corner of Gross Point Road and Harrison Street in northwestern Evanston. The lessee was applying for permits for a Type 2 Restaurant and a Drive-Through Facility.…more »

Winter Weather Preparedness Week Nov. 11-17

The City of Evanston's Health Department reminds all residents to educate themselves on how to remain safe during winter weather events during Winter Weather Preparedness Week taking place from November 11 to 17, 2012.  The city offers the following tips to stay safe during winter storms: Have safe emergency heating equipment available; Have disaster supplies, such as a flashlight, portable radio, first aid kit, adequate supply of medications and three-day supply of food and water, available in case the…more »

City Council Concludes Budget Deliberations; Cancels Meetings

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The City Council concluded its deliberations on the FY 2013 budget Saturday morning. The City Council made the following changes to the proposed budget: 1. Removed the proposed Crisis Intervention Coordinator from the budget and reallocated the $85,000 for the position to the City Manager's Operational Reserve Account. The Mental Health Board working with Health Department staff will return to the City Council with an alternate proposal for crisis intervention services in January. 2. Authorized installation of four security cameras…more »

City of Evanston Encourages Residents to Take Metra Survey, Ask for Viaduct Upgrades

Metra is continuing to develop their strategic plan, which will enable them to prioritize their energies and resources. They solicited feedback this summer, and now are soliciting additional input via an online survey.  The City of Evanston is asking residents, students and those working in Evanston to take ten minutes to participate in the survey through Monday, November 12, 2012. Specifically, the City of Evanston is asking residents to comment on question #10 about the condition of the aging…more »

E.P.D. Will Conduct Enhanced Traffic Enforcement during the Thanksgiving Holiday Season

The Thanksgiving holiday can be a dangerous time for motorists and their passengers, especially unbelted ones – during the day or at night. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Evanston Police Department would like to remind everyone driving on our roadways this holiday season to drive carefully and defensively, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up. Far too often, this good advice is not practiced. In Illinois, during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, there were eight…more »

Donations Needed for Holiday Food and Toy Drive

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Please help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible! Drop off new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items to the annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations or donate online quickly and securely with the link below. Donations of food and toys will be accepted at the following nine convenient Evanston locations through Friday, December 14, 2012: Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Main Library,…more »

"Sustain Evanston" Meeting Set for Nov. 17

The City of Evanston invites community environmental leaders and activists to a "Sustain Evanston – Networking, Planning, and Action Steps" meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Evanston Ecology Center, located at 2024 McCormick Blvd. in Evanston.  This meeting is a follow-up to the April Meet and Greet organized by the Evanston Environment Board, Office of Sustainability and the Utilities Commission. Breakfast treats will be provided by Sodexo and event organics composting will be…more »

Evanston Gun Buyback Event Set for Dec. 15

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced in November that the City of Evanston will be teaming up with several community organizations to co-sponsor a gun buyback program for Evanston residents. The gun buyback event will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church located at 1711 Simpson St. in Evanston.  Guns must be unloaded, in operational condition and participants must have proof of Evanston residency. Examples of proof of residency include…more »

Health Department Offers Tobacco Cessation Program for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  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” for all Evanston residents, age 18 and older, who have a desire to stop using tobacco products.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco causes more than five million deaths per year worldwide, and it is estimated it will cause more than eight million deaths…more »