News Posted in: December 2012

Residents, Businesses Required to Remove Snow from Sidewalks

Residents and businesses are reminded that they must clear snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their respective properties for the safety of their neighbors after a snow or ice event. Seniors and disabled individuals in need of assistance with snow shoveling can participate in the volunteer-based Snow Shoveling Program. When shoveling a sidewalk, please clear a path that is at least 36 inches wide to allow everyone, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly, to travel freely using the sidewalks…more »

Crossing Guard Changes for Haven, Kingsley and St. Athanasius Schools Starting Jan. 7

Since the school year began, there have been some safety concerns raised by area parents and businesses regarding an increased number of students crossing the street at Central St. and Broadway Ave. from Haven Middle School, Kingsley Elementary School and St. Athanasius School. As a result, a study was conducted by the City of Evanston's Public Works Department over several days to observe crossing patterns at the current designated school crossing, located  at Central St. and Green Bay Rd.,…more »

Public Notice of Lottery for 2013 Consolidated Election Ballot

There will be a lottery to determine Ward 6 candidate placement on the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election Ballot     Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013     Time: 7:00 p.m.     Where: Council Chamber, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue     AGENDA I. Call to order: Hon. City Clerk Rodney Greene II. Clerk’s Announcements III. Offices that have 2 or more candidates a) Ward 1 (Fiske, Tivador) b) Ward 2 (Braithwaite, Dyer) c) Ward 6 (Tendam, Sloane) d) Ward 8…more »

E.P.D. and Volunteers Deliver the Annual Holiday Food Baskets

The Evanston Police Department's Problem Solving Team officers along with volunteers from the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and student volunteers from Evanston Township High School distributed holiday food baskets to over 125 Evanston families on December 21. Funding for this annual charity endeavor has been made possible through personal donations by police department employees for over the past 31 years. Recipients of today's food basket delivery live in four senior citizen buildings in Evanston. Ebenezer Primm Towers, Jacob Blake Manor, the Housing Authority of…more »

Kwanzaa Events in Evanston Dec. 26

 Kwanzaa in Fountain Square Dec. 26 - A "Community Celebration of Kwanzaa" will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Fountain Square. You’re invited to join friends and neighbors as the first day of Kwanzaa is celebrated right in the heart of downtown Evanston. The celebration will be hosted by Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and will feature music, songs and the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of principles. Fountain Square is located on Davis St.…more »

The Gift Wrapping Dilemma - Think Reduce, Reuse then Recycle

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year's, it’s estimated that the average American household increases its trash output by 25%, resulting in 5 million extra tons of garbage? A big culprit in this holiday garbage boom comes from our gift-giving practices. While children and adults alike enjoy the “un-wrapping” process of giving and receiving gifts, the packaging, wrapping and decorating of goods usually ends up in the garbage. According to Earth 911, wrapping paper and shopping bags…more »

Green Bay Rd. Lane Closure Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 for School Construction Work

One southbound lane of Green Bay Road will temporarily be closed from Lincoln Street to south of the driveway access of the Haven Middle School parking lot entrance. The closure is in order to complete the relocation of the Haven Middle School access driveway, located at 2417 Prairie Ave. Additionally, the sidewalk next to the school will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be detoured around the construction zone with a temporary walkway. The temporary closure will begin Monday, December 24 and is expected…more »

Mayor's Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive Biggest Success Yet

In early November, the City of Evanston began collections of food, toys and online donations for the Mayor’s fourth annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. This year marked the first year the program used an online donation tool. This year, the program collected the most donations since its beginning, about $8,000 in total. Donations were collected at the majority of the city’s facilities throughout the community. Gift and food packages will be given to 310 need-based Evanston families who have already been…more »

Rose's Bakery Launches Campaign to Keep Doors Open on Central Street

Residents can help keep the doors of Rose's Wheat Free Bakery & Cafe open! This great bakery, located at 2901 Central Street, has been offering tasty gluten free food since 2007 and is a wonderful option for residents with food sensitivities. Check out their fundraising campaign for more information and to see how you can help. Visit www.rosesbakery.com for more information. Rose’s uses only organic butter, eggs, cream, oils (canola and olive oil), organic rice flour and tapioca flour. They…more »

2013 Cultural Fund Grant Program Application Available

The 2013 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…more »

EPD Will Distribute The Annual Holiday Food Baskets This Friday

The Evanston Police Department will be distributing holiday food baskets to over 125 Evanston families this Friday, December 21st. Police Department employees have supported this annual charity event through their personal donations for over 31 years which still continues just as strong this year. Referrals for recipients come from the police department’s Social Services Bureau, four Senior Buildings (Ebenezer Primm Towers, Jacob Blake Manor, the Housing Authority of Cook County Buildings at Perlman Apartments and Walchirk Apartments) and several…more »

Temporary Sheridan Rd. Lane Closure (Garrett Pl. to Noyes St.) Dec. 19

Gatwood Crane Service will be temporarily closing two lanes of Sheridan Rd. between Garrett Pl. and Noyes St. for approximately 4 to 5 hours stareting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19. The closure is in order to put in place a crane to hoist a mechanical unit to the roof of a Northwestern University building, located at 2145 Sheridan Rd. Northbound traffic will be merged to the left. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout the…more »

Evanston Police to Enhance Traffic Enforcement Efforts for Holiday Season

 The holidays can be a dangerous time for motorists, especially for drivers and passengers not properly buckled in during the day or at night. The Evanston Police Department and the Illinois Department of Transportation would like to remind every one driving on our roadways this holiday season to drive carefully and defensively, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up. In Illinois, during the 2011 Christmas Holiday, there were 13 fatalities and over 500 injuries. During the New…more »

Open Basketball at Levy Center on Dec. 15

Teens age 14 years and older as well as adults are invited to participate in a drop-in basketball program from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. The fee is $1 for a student and $4 for an adult.  For more information, please call 847/448-8250.…more »

City Completes Newest Round of Street Light Power Upgrades

The City of Evanston’s Engineering Division recently announced that they have completed upgrades to 45 street light power centers, which are the power source for about 50 street lights each. With these upgrades, the city has now completed work on about 80% of the city’s 109 power centers operating about 5,800 street lights. “With the replacement of these power sources, there will be fewer street light outages, which in turn will provide for a better and safer lighting for…more »

Vote for Your Favorite Firehouse

The City of Evanston is hosting its first-ever “What’s your Favorite Firehouse?” contest. Voting is open through January 1, 2013. Recently, city staff compiled some photos of Evanston's dedicated fire staff and the five different stations. Votes can be cast at www.engageevanston.org. This year, the city is using a new online tool, MindMixer, to manage the voting process. MindMixer acts as a virtual town hall, allowing community engagement to happen online. This tool helps spur conversation and gets more residents…more »

A Message from Mayor Tisdahl

The series of violent acts that have occurred in Evanston over the last couple of weeks are unacceptable.  While we grieve with our local families over their losses, the entire Evanston community has been shaken.  Our children are concerned for their safety and all residents are questioning this unusual period of events. The circumstances of these violent acts are well known to the Evanston Police Department and are being vigorously investigated by EPD and our local law enforcement partners. …more »

Kwanzaa Celebration at Fountain Square

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A "Community Celebration of Kwanzaa" will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Fountain Square. You’re invited to join friends and neighbors as the first day of Kwanzaa is celebrated right in the heart of downtown Evanston. The celebration will be hosted by Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and will feature music, songs and the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of principles. Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues. Admission…more »

City of Evanston Winter Holiday Closures

The City of Evanston has announced its hours of operation along with its recycling and refuse schedule for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Monday, December 24, 2012 - Christmas Eve No refuse or recycling collections will occur on Monday, December 24 or Tuesday, December 25. Collection will resume on Wednesday, December 26 and take place later that week. The Morton Civic Center and Evanston Public Libraries will be closed December 24. The Robert…more »

The North Branch Library Celebrates 60 Years of Service

On December 5, 2012, the Library Board of Trustees welcomed Alderman Jane Grover (7th Ward), Alderman Mark Tendam (6th Ward), students and members of the community to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the North Branch Library. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, all enjoyed seeing the new look of the North Branch. For the past 60 years, the North Branch has served the community by providing a wide array of resources, services and programs. In addition to nice assortment of…more »

The Ethnic Sound of Christmas and Chanukah: A World Music Holiday Concert Dec. 16

Take a holiday trip to Europe and other lands when the World Music band, Jutta & the Hi-Dukes , presents its very special ethnic repertoire of Christmas and Chanukah songs, performed on seven instruments (Mandolin, Violin, Greek Baglama, Guitar, Bulgarian Flute, Ocarina, and Percussion), with three voices singing in up to ten languages. You'll sing the chorus to a Bosnian Chanukah song in Sephardic Ladino, drum along to a medieval French "Noel" and do a Balkan boogie or two.…more »

City Council Actions - December 10, 2012

    CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, December 10, 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 Fiske (II) Mayor Public Announcements • Mayor Tisdahl expresses confidence in Northwestern University Wildcats performance in…more »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre to Hold Auditions Dec. 17

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will hold auditions on December 17 for its summer 2013 play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough." The theatre is looking to cast African American women 18-50 years of age. Auditions will take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Studio 223, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Auditions will start at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17. Actors should bring a headshot and resume and be prepared to present a one- to…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

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1. 2013 Street Resurfacing and Water Main Replacement Projects 2. Licensing and Implementation Services for New Financial, Human Resources and Payroll Computer Systems 3. Security Cameras for the ETHS neighborhood 4. Labor contract with Fraternal Order of Police 5. Introduction of Main/Chicago TIF 6. Approval of Tax Abatements and Tax Levies for 2013 7. Ordinance regarding the defacement or removal of public art 8. Contract for Audit of Evanston Township 9. From Economic Development Committee: Construction loan and grant for…more »

Ward Eight Bar Ribbon Cutting Dec. 11

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Alderman Ann Rainey (8th Ward) will join the owners of Ward Eight Bar for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 at 629 Howard St. The owners of the business, Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer, are under a lease to own agreement for the property with the City of Evanston. The property is one of three properties in the area the city purchased last year. The public is invited to this event. Ward…more »

Evanston's Own Rotary International Vies for 10 Million Charity Miles from United Airlines

Rotary International, with world headquarters right here in Evanston, is vying to win United Airlines’ MileagePlus 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway.  Residents can help them win by voting every day for Rotary International as their favorite charity. United is giving all participating charities at least 25 thousand miles, but the more votes a given charity gets throughout the giveaway, the more miles it will receive. The 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway program begins at midnight, December 6, 2012 and…more »

Northwestern to Give Presentation on City's Use of TIF Districts Dec. 11

Students from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business will be giving a presentation at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 on the City of Evanston’s use of Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIF) in City Council Chambers, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Second Floor, Evanston. The study looks at the effectiveness of past and current Evanston TIF Districts and compares the effectiveness of Evanston TIFs with similar redevelopment areas in Illinois and across the United States.  Additionally, the study makes recommendations of…more »

2013 Vehicle Sticker Must Be Purchased by Dec. 14

City of Evanston vehicle stickers and residential parking permits for the 2013 year will go on sale starting October 22. Vehicle stickers and parking permits must be purchased by December 14 and displayed by January 1, 2013. Applications were mailed to residents October 19. Residents are highly encouraged to mail in their applications and payment early. City of Evanston Code 10-8-1 requires all vehicles registered to an Evanston address to pay an annual wheel tax and properly display a…more »

Filing Dates for Local Candidates Extended for April Election

The Illinois General Assembly voted last month to extend the filing deadline for local candidates to December 26, 2012 for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election.  The original deadline had been December 24, a holiday for many local election authorities including the Evanston City Clerk’s office. Under the change, local election officials now have until December 26 to accept candidates' petitions or certificates of nomination. This law will provide relief to municipal clerks, school board secretaries, township clerks, park…more »

UPDATE: Some Online Water Customers Received Mistaken Email from City Vendor

Update: Over the weekend, several City of Evanston water customers received an email from the city’s vendor, Paymentus, which handles the processing of online water payments. The email had asked the customers to update their credit card information. The City of Evanston contacted the vendor immediately and found out these were sent in error. Some residents who use the online bill payment system should have received another email from the company on behalf of the City of Evanston Monday…more »

Music Institute of Chicago Relocates Headquarters to Downtown Evanston

The Music Institute of Chicago is moving several of its signature programs to downtown Evanston. The Music Institute’s administrative headquarters, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Musical Theater and World Music programs will relocate to the Evanston Galleria building at 1702 Sherman Avenue. The new space, expected to be ready for occupancy in July 2013, will replace facilities on Green Bay Road in Wilmette and Dempster Street in Evanston. With design services provided by the Evanston-based architectural firm…more »

New City of Evanston Engineer Appointed

The City of Evanston announced today the appointment of Homayoon Pirooz, P.E. as the new Engineering Division Manager/City Engineer in the Public Works Department. He began working for the city on December 3, 2012. Mr. Pirooz comes to the City of Evanston from the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he served as Project Management Services Unit Manager since 2000 and Street Administrator since 2005.  “Mr. Pirooz brings a high level of qualifications and professional knowledge to the Evanston…more »

Nominations Sought for 2012 Arts Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Mayor's Award for the Arts and the Leadership Award. Every year, the Mayor's Award for the Arts are presented to one individual and one arts organization in recognition for their contributions to the Evanston community through the demonstration of excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public at large. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 11, 2013. Nominations also are being sought for the sixth annual…more »

City of Evanston Releases All Employee Salary Data Online

A new state law went into effect January 1, 2012 (Public Act 97-0609) that requires units of local government that participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) to post the total compensation packages of employees earning more than $75,000 in a fiscal year.   The “total compensation package” includes payment to an employee for salary, health insurance, housing, vehicle allowance, clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, and vacation and sick days granted. On December 3, 2012, the City of Evanston posted the 2013…more »

A Magical Visit with Santa in Downtown Evanston Dec. 8 & 15

Santa will pay a special holiday visit to the Downtown Evanston office at 820 Davis St., Suite 151, on Saturday, December 8 & 15 from Noon to 4 pm. Parents, don't forget to bring your camera, to capture the magic of your little one's visit with Santa and don’t let the kids forget their wish list! This is a free event which we hope all will take advantage of. In preparation for the holiday season, attendees can also take advantage…more »