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Chicago Man Charged with Armed Robbery
When the offenders approached the employees, the male offender opened up a pocket knife and held it out in front of his chest, said the Commander.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Former Evanston Fire Chief, Sanders 'Sam' Hicks Passes Away
On June 16 former Evanston Fire Chief Sanders "Sam" Hicks passed away at home of complications related to Parkinson's disease. Chief Hicks started his career in 1950 as Evanston's first African American firefighter.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Police Recover Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
While searching the vehicle, officers recovered a loaded Glock 40 caliber handgun with an extended 30 round magazine from the driver’s side floorboard, said the Commander.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Schakowsky Sues President Trump
Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, joined nearly 200 Representatives and Senators as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump ... 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Biss Unveils HOME Plan for Property Tax Fairness and Relief
 Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Daniel Biss unveiled his HOME plan for property tax fairness and relief, an approach to address Illinois’ system of property tax valuation, assessment, and appeals.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
New Interactive MWRD Webpage Makes Waterway Data Accessible
The MWRD recently introduced a new mapping tool to help the public understand the health of the Chicago area waterways ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
IDOT to Shut Down Local Projects
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz sent the following report on June 18 about the likely shutdown of IDOT projects statewide:
Monday, June 19, 2017
Man Shot on Darrow Avenue
On June 18, at approximately 10:33 p.m., police officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Darrow Avenue in reference to a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located an Evanston man, 32 years old,
Monday, June 19, 2017
Retired Fire Chief Sanders Hicks died on June 16. Fire Chief Brian Scott wrote, “It is with deep sadness that I must report the passing this afternoon of Fire Chief Sanders ‘Sam’ Hicks. 
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Twiggs Park Basketball Court Renovation Begins June 15
The City of Evanston will contract renovations to the Twiggs Park basketball court over the next two weeks
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tree Damage on June 14
Public Works Director Dave Stoneback reported that between 5 and 5:20 p.m. the City received 1.3 inches of rain, as recorded at the water plant. Tree limbs fell in more than a dozen places, blocking sidewalks and in a few cases landing on cars.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
'Metrics' the Key to Library's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Study
The Evanston Public Library is in the process of creating an equity, diversity, and inclusion study it hopes will serve as a model for other institutions across the country. The Key, according to library director Karen Danczak Lyons, is to determine the proper “metrics” – how to measure achievable goals in the library setting.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Council Approves 831 Emerson Project
Ald. Rainey also pointed out the valuable precedent set. “If we vote for this project, we’re going to get $2.4 million. The next project in line, that project is going to bring in $3 million. That’s going to be [over] $5 million, and we’ll have this project to thank for it.”
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fraternity-Owned House Could Be Landmarked Against Its Will
A group of neighbors is orchestrating an effort to attach official Landmark status to a house owned by the Sigma Chi Foundation, the charitable wing of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, at 1716 Hinman. The Foundation opposes the move and is seeking to raze the property. The house sits next door to the fraternity’s headquarters.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Groundbreaking for Solar-powered House by Northwestern
After months of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 2 at 669 Colfax St. to kick off the construction phase of a solar-powered house that will be 90% more energy efficient than the average home in Evanston and in Illinois.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A Weed is a Weed is a Weed. Or is it?
Efforts to change the definition of “weed” in the City’s Weeds Ordinance ran into a thicket of confusion and opposition at the June 5 City Council meeting, as competing interests – the City’s interest in curtailing overgrown, rat-harboring properties and the environmental community’s interest in permitting formerly banned but butterfly-friendly vegetation – could not be easily reconciled.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Some Park Drinking Fountains Shut Off for Lead Contamination
The City is still waiting for test results from drinking fountains in several other locations, including Butler Park, Beck Park, Merrick Rose Garden, Perry Park, Penny Park, Smith Park, Elliot Park, Burnham Shores beach house, Robert Crown Park, Leah Lomar Park, and a fountain outside of the water plant, Mr. Bobkiewicz added. Those results are due June 20, and the fountains there will remain off in the meantime.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Evanston Publishes EPA Climate Change Information
The City of Evanston on Sunday joined Chicago and eleven other cities across the country in posting research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Website.
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Evanston Police Department Testing Body-Worn Cameras
On June 2, nine officers and two supervisors from the Evanston Police Department began testing body-worn cameras during their shifts.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
EPD Hosts Town Hall Discussions
The Evanston Police Department will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on June 20 in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Police Conduct Tobacco Compliance Checks
On May 23, the Evanston Police Department juvenile bureau detectives conducted a tobacco compliance check operation at 34 merchants throughout the City to ensure that tobacco is not being sold to individuals under the age of 21, in accordance with City ordinance. No businesses were found to be in violation by selling tobacco to a person under the age of 21.  
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Applications for EPD Youth Citizen Police Academy Due July 10
Applications are now being accepted for the Evanston Police Department Youth Citizen Police Academy. This interactive program is facilitated by officers from the Evanston Police Department and
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Delayed Fleetwood AC Projects Faces Further Delays
City staff identified the need to replace Fleetwood-Jourdain’s “deteriorated” HVAC systems in a Capital Improvement carryover memo in 2010. At the time, the City expected to complete the project in 2013.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Certain Park Drinking Fountains Turned Off
The following park drinking fountains have tested for lead with more than 15 parts per billion and are shut off
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Starlight Concert Series
Evanston's 2017 Starlight Concert Series will feature eight free outdoor concerts, including a Starlight Junior Concert geared towards families with young children, at park locations throughout the city June 6 through August 2.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Mayor: Evanston Remains Committed to Climate Action
Global climate action begins at the local level, and Evanston has long been a leader. Since the City Council’s unanimous decision to support participation in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006, 
Saturday, June 3, 2017
EPD Hosts Series of Town Hall Meetings
The Evanston Police Department will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on June 20, 2017 at 7:00 PMin the Parasol Room at the Lorraine Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
EPD Tests Out Body-worn Cameras
Starting June 2, nine officers and two supervisors from the Evanston Police Department will be testing out body-worn cameras during their shifts. 
Saturday, June 3, 2017
The Plight of the Undocumented: Local Trainings Teach Rights and Protections
They came here seeking a better life, a chance to rise from crushing poverty, to work hard and feed their families. Or they came to seek refuge from the intense violence roiling their home countries. Now the fear of imminent deportation permeates their lives.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Two Approaches to Affordable Housing Problem: Project-Based and Tenant-Based Assistance
Council renews tenant-based rental-assistance funding: A program that provides stable housing for up to two years for 10 or more Evanston families was renewed for another year by the Evanston City Council on May 22.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017



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