News Posted in: January 2013

City Seeks Input on Sites for Public Art Project

Evanston is one of ten Chicago communities, and the only one outside of Chicago, participating in the exciting public art and peace project, Ten Thousand Ripples. In Evanston, TTR is focusing on bridging differences in our community that are barriers to peace. TTR is a collaboration between artist Indira Johnson and Changing Worlds. Learn more about TTR at www.tenthousandripples.com. TTR will create artistic workshops and residencies to address these issues of difference, cultural understanding and peace, creating opportunities for…more »

Evanston Receives $580,000 Grant to Rehab the Ladd Arboretum Trail

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced on January 30 that the City of Evanston was awarded a $580,000 grant to rehabilitate the multiuse trail at Ladd Arboretum. The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) will support more than 54 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related enhancement projects in a variety…more »

Evanston Water Highlighted in WBEZ Story on Tap Water

WBEZ radio recently highlighted the City of Evanston’s Water Division in a story on Chicago area tap water. As part of the story, “On tap: What’s behind the taste, smell of our water,” the radio station pitted water from Lake Zurich, Hawthorne Woods, Lakeview, Skokie (supplied by Evanston) and Schaumburg. WBEZ created a video of the taste test, in which they unanimously chose Evanston-treated water supplied to the Village of Skokie as the best tasting water in the grouping. The…more »

Winter Creative Drama Workshop for Kids

The Purple Crayon Players proudly presents Finding Your Name, a Winter Creative Drama Workshop. This workshop is recommended for grades 4-6. “Every critter’s got its own name inside ‘em; you can’t just make it up, but if you watch ‘em close enough sometimes you can find it.” How do we define ourselves? What words or names can describe us? Are there some names that fit us better than others? Join us in exploring these questions through Purple Crayon Players’…more »

Neighborhood Grocery Store Groundbreaking

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alderman Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward) and representatives from Terraco, Inc. (project developers) were on hand January 31 to break ground on the future site of Trader Joe’s, to be located at 1211 Chicago Ave. According to the developers, the store is anticipated to open in October 2013. "The development of this site into a new Trader Joe's is yet another sign that Evanston's economic health is definitely on the upswing," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.…more »

Procurement 101: How to do Business with Large Local Entities

The City of Evanston, in conjunction with several large Evanston entities, will be hosting a seminar entitled Evanston Procurement 101 on February 8, 2013. This seminar will help inform local businesses and contractors about how they can do business with six of Evanston’s large entities. Participants will learn from these entities about their procurement processes, anticipated projects and bidding practices. The purpose of this seminar is to assist in increasing local business opportunities. The entities giving presentations at the…more »

Free Tax Preparation Available at the YWCA

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) have partnered to offer free tax preparation at the YWCA to low income individuals and familes at the following times: Saturday, January 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 28 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Services are free to: Families (more than one person in home) with incomes…more »

Evanston Mayor Tisdahl Announces Support of Senator Feinstein's Assault Weapon Ban Legislation

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced today her support for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s introduction of the updated Assault Weapons Bill in Congress. The bill will stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. “We have too many guns in our communities and we must work together to get them off the streets,” explained Mayor Tisdahl. “I am grateful to see that Senator Feinstein is introducing this bill not too long after…more »

ETHS Celebrates 10th Annual Evanston Jazz Festival Feb. 9

Featuring the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in a Tribute to Trumpeter Art Farmer - With Special Guest Artists Trumpeters Randy Brecker and Art Davis    The 10th Annual Evanston Jazz Festival at Evanston Township High School proudly welcomes The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, with special guests Randy Brecker and Art Davis, to culminate the festival with an exciting evening of big band music. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, led by Artistic Director and conductor, Jeff Lindberg, has been at the forefront of performing classic…more »

Evanston Theatres Celebrate Black History Month with Dramatic Reading of "Gee's Bend"

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre are collaborating to celebrate Black History Month with a dramatic reading of one this century’s most highly acclaimed plays, “Gee’s Bend” by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013, in the Piven Theatre space at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Receptions will be held before and after the staged reading in the building’s Noyes Gallery. This event coincides with the art…more »

NorthShore University Health System Receives Keys to City for Work at ETHS Health Clinic

On January 14, 2013, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented the Keys to the City of Evanston to NorthShore University Health System for their leadership and support of the Evanston Township High School Health Clinic. The recipients included President and Chief Executive Officer Mark R. Neaman, Chief Operating Officer J.P. Gallagher, Medical Director Dr. Julie Holland and Lead Nurse Kathy Swartwout. Also on hand from the ETHS Health Center were Nurse Practitioner Julie Russell and Social Worker Anneliese Moy. The…more »

City's Utilities Department Warns of Frozen Water Pipes

The City of Evanston’s Utilities Department reminds residents of what they should do in the event that they have no water service due to a frozen water pipe. Before calling the city, residents should determine if the whole house is without water, or if just a specific faucet is not functioning.  The most likely place for the water to freeze is where the water pipe is closest to outside exterior walls. This could be near where the water service enters the building or…more »

Update: Extreme Cold Notice from the Evanston Health Department

With temperatures ranging between -5 degrees F to 5 degrees F, Evanston Health Department Director Evonda Thomas reminds residents of the importance of staying warm and safe in the extreme cold temperatures to which they may be exposed over the next few days. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can be dangerous to anyone, but particularly to the elderly, infants and young children, persons with disabilities and people on medication. Additionally, the City of Evanston reminds residents…more »

Outdoor Ice Rinks Update - Monday January 21

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As of this morning, all three ice rinks at Ackerman, Baker and the lakefront have good ice with nearly 100% coverage. More info on Evanston outdoor ice rinks here.…more »

Governor Quinn Announces Gigabit Internet Partnership with City of Evanston and Northwestern University

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Strategic $1 Million State Investment Will Help Northwestern University and Area Businesses to Build Innovation Corridor, Create Jobs  Governor Pat Quinn was joined on Friday, January  18 by leaders from the City of Evanston and Northwestern University to announce a $1 million state investment to help the city become an Illinois Gigabit Community, bringing ultra-high speed Internet to one of the nation’s top universities and the surrounding area, home to more than 160 start-ups. This gigabit service will be crucial…more »

City of Evanston to Submit Amendment to NSP2 Action Plan

NSP2 Substantial Amendment - Notice of public comment period The City of Evanston plans to submit a Substantial Amendment to its Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city invites public comment until noon on January 28. The amendment requests approval to include two NSP2 eligible activities in the City's NSP2 Action Plan: Land banking - City would retain ownership of certain properties with the intent to develop…more »

Senior Freeze and Senior Exemption Forms Now Available for 2012 Property Taxes

Evanston Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson wants to remind area seniors that the Cook County Assessor’s office has recently mailed out the Senior Citizen Exemption and the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze applications for their 2012 property tax bills. Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemption last year. The forms are being sent earlier than previous years in order to make sure that all eligible seniors apply in time to receive their savings. The forms are due…more »

City Donates Hundreds of CFLs to Northwestern University Student Group

The City of Evanston recently donated 1,000 Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) to a sustainability group at Northwestern University. The Group, Associated Student Government’s Sustainability Committee, will be distributing the free CFLs to off-campus students. The City of Evanston was awarded 10,000 CFLs for having won the Citizens Utility Board’s statewide Energy Saver Community Competition with the most members and most electricity savings in 2010. In five short months, 330 Evanston residents signed up to participate and CUB estimated the…more »

New Year Brings Some Internal Transfers of City of Evanston Services

With the implementation of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, the City of Evanston has transferred certain services, including property standards and business licenses, within the municipality for the purpose of making services more efficient for the public. The Housing Code Compliance Program (Property Standards) has been transferred from the Community and Economic Development Department to the Health Department, including its four inspectors. The program provides systematic and routine area inspection for all non-owner occupied single- and multi-family rental dwellings. It…more »

City Council Actions - January 14, 2013

      CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, January 14, 2013 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 8:00 p.m. Presentation of Keys of the City of Evanston to NorthShore University Health System for Leadership and Support of the Evanston Township High School…more »

NU Wildcats Football Team Honored by Evanston City Council for Gator Bowl Win

On Monday, January 14, 2013, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and members of the Evanston City Council honored Northwestern University’s Wildcats for their Gator Bowl victory over Mississippi State. The Big 10 Wildcats defeated the SEC Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-20, giving them their first bowl win since 1949. Athletic Director Jim Phillips, Deputy Director of Athletics & Recreation Chris Reynolds and Gator Bowl MVP Jared Carpenter were on hand to be presented a special trophy from Mayor Tisdahl.    …more »

Annual Alarm Registration Due by Jan. 31

The City of Evanston 2013 annual alarm permit registration is due by January 31, 2013. The annual renewal fee is $30. For those registering their system for the first time, the fee is $100 and then $30 per year thereafter. First-time registration of a system is $50 if the system is installed and registered after June 30. All alarm users are required to submit an annual alarm user information form. This addresses alarms connected directly to the city's communication…more »

State Health Director Warns of a Severe Flu Season

As with much of the country, Illinois is experiencing a severe flu season with many people becoming sick and more hospitalizations and deaths being reported than in previous years. “There is no doubt we are experiencing a severe flu season. However, we have seen severe flu seasons before and we will continue to work to reduce the number of people who become ill,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “It is important for people to take precautions…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

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Presentations: 5:45 PM - to NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips and members of the NU football team in recognition of their victory in 2013 Gator Bowl. 8:00 PM - to Northshore University Health System CEO Mark Neaman, COO J.P. Gallagher, ETHS Clinic Medical Director Dr. Julie Holland and Lead Nurse Kathy Swartwout of Keys to the City for their work supporting the ETHS Health Clinic Other Items: 1. Award of contract for theater construction at 727/729 Howard Street 2. Agreement…more »

Evanston Pushing for 150,000 Volunteer Hours to Mark City's 150th Anniversary

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Evanston’s founding. In honor of Evanston's legacy of civic engagement, Volunteer Evanston encourages community members to celebrate by taking a pledge to help meet the community's goal of reaching 150,000 volunteer hours in 2013.  The City of Evanston and several community partner organizations have teamed up to kick off Evanston's 150th anniversary year and unveil the yearlong theme of “Volunteer. Celebrate. Engage.” at community events taking place during the Martin Luther King, Jr.…more »

2013 Summer Camp Guide Now Online

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The City of Evanston 2013 Summer Camp Guide is now posted online here. Starting January 14, 2013, printed copies will be available at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave.), Robert Crown Community Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Chandler-Newberger Community Center, Evanston Ecology Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Levy Senior Center and the main and north branch Evanston Public Libraries. Printed copies also will be delivered the week of January 14 to those Evanston elementary schools that have agreed to help distribute the…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.…more »

Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Awards Scholarship

On Wednesday, January 09, 2013 The Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (C.P.A.A.A.) awarded their 2013 C.P.A.A.A. Scholarship to Miss Victoria Byerley a Junior at Missouri Western State University studying Business Management and International Studies. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and The Performance Society in Canterbury, England. She desires to work at the United States Embassy in London as well as start her own business. The Citizen Police Academy…more »

City of Evanston and the National Endowment for the Arts Release Downtown Evanston Performing Arts Study

The City of Evanston and the National Endowment for the Arts have released their study on the performing arts in downtown Evanston. The study was funded by an Our Town grant that the city was awarded from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2011, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. The City of Evanston received a $50,000 grant to develop a concise plan of action to help realize the vision of a performing arts center in the…more »

Evanston History Center Presents "History 101"

Have you ever wondered how Evanston got its name? Would you like to know more about the early founders who named the city? Are you interested in hearing the real story behind why Evanston was an alcohol-free town from the 1850s until the 1970s? Or taking a closer look at the dramatic changes the community went through in the 1960s and years following? In honor of the 150th anniversary of Evanston’s incorporation in 1863, the Evanston History Center (EHC) is…more »

Sherman Plaza Garage to Receive Energy Efficient Lighting Makeover with Help of DCEO Funds

The Sherman Plaza Garage, located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson Ave., will be getting a lighting makeover thanks to the State of Illinois’s Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program. The project is expected to save the city over $1 million over the lifetime of the fixtures. Work will take four weeks to complete and will begin January 7, 2013. The upgrade to the overhead lighting in the garage will annually save approximately $91,568 in electricity cost and…more »

Free Tutoring Day for Grades K-12 Jan. 21

Aristotle Peers (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) will offer free tutoring for students in grades K-12 from noon to 4 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21 at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St. in downtown Evanston. Tutors will work with students on homework, study skills, test preparation and more! Parents are encouraged to stay for snacks and conversation. Aristotle Peers is proud to offer this Free Tutoring Day as their way of giving back to the Evanston community. Aristotle Peers offers one-on-one, in-home…more »

Ice Skating and Sledding in Evanston

Parks crews have started to flood the three outdoor ice rinks, but at this time the ice is not hard enough for skating. With the forecast for above-freezing temperatures this weekend and forecasted highs next week pushing 50, there will be no outdoor ice for the foreseeable future. Rink structures with a liner will be used at Ackerman and Baker parks to improve ice conditions. Signs will be posted to alert residents when ice is thick enough to skate…more »

North Branch Book Group Starts Jan. 31 with "Alice in Wonderland"

The North Branch Library is starting the new year with a look at the quintessential example of literary nonsense: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson  (aka Lewis Carroll). The book group will follow Alice down the rabbit hole as countless children and adults from Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde have done before us. Share your insights into the history, meaning, politics and fun of these classic stories. Copies of the…more »

FAFSA Application Help for College Aid Jan. 10

Not sure how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for college financial aid? The Evanston Public Library will host representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) who will walk you through the FAFSA applications step by step. ISAC mentors will also help you navigate the forms and offer advice on preparing your FAFSA application for submission. Filling out FAFSA: Step by Step - Thursday, January 10, 7-9 pm, Third Floor Computer…more »

City of Evanston to Hold Third Community Dialogue on Race

The City of Evanston will be hosting its third and final session in its series of race dialogues 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 constructive dialogue. The dialogue will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013,…more »

2013 Day of Celebration Honoring Dr. King

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Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The celebration will begin at noon on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Admission is free and open to the public. The afternoon promises to be inspiring, as well as entertaining, with Master of Ceremony Aubrey Marquez and…more »