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Librarian Receives 15-Day Suspension
On April 27, Ms. Williams told the RoundTable she received a 15-day suspension, starting on Monday.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Schakowsky: "The GOP has found a new low" on Health care
“Just when we thought the Republican proposal to rip apart the American health care system had scraped the bottom of the barrel, the GOP has found a new low."
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees' Statement of Support for Its Director and Staff
On April 19, 2017, the Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees renewed the annual employment contract of our Director, Karen Danczak Lyons. The hiring and evaluation of our director are powers granted to us under state law.  We take these responsibilities very seriously.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NU Opposes Executive Order Restricting Immigration
  Northwestern University has joined 30 other colleges and universities around the country in filing an amicus brief opposing President Donald Trump’s second executive order restricting immigration.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week
Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Police Nab Wanted Man in Nashville
Evanston police officers transport a 21-year old Nashville man back to Evanston to be charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Trial Traffic Restrictions Planned for Ridge Avenue and Greenwood Street
The City will implement changes to the traffic patterns at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Greenwood Street on a trial basis beginning Wednesday, May 3.
Friday, April 21, 2017
New President Named for Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Beginning May 1, Kenneth Preston Jones, MHA, MBA, will assume the role of President of Presence Saint Francis Hospital (PSFH) of Evanston, Illinois.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Farmers' Markets in Evanston
Downtown Farmers Market opens on May 6, and continues to Nov. 4.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Crowd Rallies Around Lesley Williams
Almost 100 people gathered on the fourth floor of the Civic Center in the corridor leading to Room 4802, where a disciplinary hearing was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. concerning Lesley Williams, an African American librarian. People held signs saying, “We stand with Lesley,” and “Lesley is a Beacon of Hope,” and at times chanted their support.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Officers, Staff and Citizens Receive Evanston Police Department Awards
At the Evanston Police Department Awards Ceremony on April 13, many police officers and staff were given awards for outstanding police work and for services beyond that normally expected. Several citizens were honored as well.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
33-Story Tower in the Offing For 601-611 Davis St.
In December 2015, Vermillion Enterprises, LLC submitted an application for approval of a Planned Development to construct a 27-story mixed use building with 217 dwelling units at 601-611 Davis Street. The developers planned to preserve the existing two-story University Building at the northwest corner of Chicago Avenue and Davis Street.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
P & D Committee Holds Proposed Expansion of Downtown Plan to Area North of Emerson Street
On April 17, the Planning & Development Committee decided to hold in Committee a proposed ordinance that would amend the 2009 Downtown Plan by adding five new subareas to the plan.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
16-Story Complex May Rise Over Sherman Avenue Restaurants
Albion Residential has requested a zoning analysis from the City of Evanston for a development it is proposing for 1454-1508 Sherman Ave., the property now occupied primarily by Tommy Nevin’s pub and Prairie Moon Restaurant.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Proposed 9-Story Apartment Building at 831 Emerson St. Moves to Council
On April 17, City Council voted, 5-3, to introduce a proposed ordinance that, if adopted, would allow the developers, Focus Construction and CA Ventures, to construct a nine-story, 242-unit apartment building at 831 Emerson St. The building would be U-shaped, with the legs of the U facing Emerson. There would be 174 parking spaces on site.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
NU Will Take No Further Action on Alleged Sexual Misconduct at Fraternity House
Earlier this month, Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs, notified members of the Northwestern community that, “No disciplinary action or further investigative action related to the reports of sexual misconduct will be taken at this time.”
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Council Bytes: Highlights from the April 17 City Council Meeting
With a packed agenda for what was to be the penultimate meeting for three aldermen and the mayor, the April 14 City Council meeting lasted until after 11 p.m. A meeting of the Rules Committee followed the Council meeting, and Council met in executive session after that, so many Council members burned the midnight oil.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Rules Committee 'Revisits' Policies, Takes No Action
City Council’s Rules Committee, which met at the end of the April 17 City Council meeting, lightly examined two of its policies but took no action to change either of them. Discussion of these policies, which dealt with how the City allocates its advertising dollars, came to the Rules Committee as a result of the recent campaign and election.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Board of Ethics Meets - Some Decisions Await
The Board exonerated several elected officials, but found an email endorsement sent out by Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, violated the City’s Code of Ethics. The Board also took two other matters “under advisement” to study further.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Excitement Builds Around New Library Branch at Crown Center
“We couldn’t do what we do without the community partners and the leadership of the Board and staff… We keep the focus on our families, on how we can help them. … We have a great partner with the City departments as well." - Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Sale of Library Parking Lot Advances
At the April 14 Planning and Development Committee meeting, aldermen focused more on the design of the building than on the $4 million sale price, and the matter was forwarded, not unanimously, to City Council for introduction.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Member of NU Crew Team Drowns in Canal
After several hours of searching by more than 50 units of first responders, the body of Mohammed Ramzan was recovered from the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Emerson, Ridge, Asbury and Green Bay Corridor Work to Be Completed Over Next Six Weeks
Beginning the week of April 17 and continuing over the next six weeks, the City of Evanston’s contractor will complete the remaining Emerson, Ridge, Asbury and Green Bay Corridor work.
Monday, April 17, 2017
City to Contract Sewer Rehabilitation Work May 1 to June 1
The City of Evanston is rehabilitating a portion of the City’s public combined sewer lines using the Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) process. Work is scheduled to be completed May 1 through June 1 ...
Monday, April 17, 2017
Biss Calls on Candidates for Governor to Release Tax Returns
Biss, a sponsor of a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to qualify for the Illinois ballot, released both his 1040 and full returns for each year for public scrutiny. 
Monday, April 17, 2017
Community Meeting About the Future of Harley Clarke, April 26
A special community meeting about proposed plans for the Harley Clarke property will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Parasol Room, 4th floor, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
EPL Issues Annual Report
The Evanston Public Library has released its 2016 Annual Report: Books and Beyond, during National Library Week, April 9-15.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
After Three Votes, Council Approves Mayor's Ethics Board Appointees
Ethics of approving appointments disputed, but most aldermen close ranks around Mayor's choices.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tendam Concedes
"I am unaware of any mayoral election in Evanston’s history being decided by less than a percentage point, and the voters turned out in record numbers.But I would prefer for us to focus on another race that was run last Tuesday – one that was decided in a landslide: the District 65 Referendum. As Evanstonians, we came together over that issue to send a message: whatever else divides us, we are united in our support for the values that bind our community together."
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Illinois Trust Act passed out of the Senate Executive Committee on April 5 and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate.
It will become increasingly important for states like Illinois to pass laws that reflect local values and protect basic American principles, Senator Daniel Biss said Wednesday.
Monday, April 10, 2017

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