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Steve Hagerty and Mark Tendam
On April 4, Evanston voters will elect a new mayor. Sixth Ward Ald. Mark Tendam says that he is running to be Evanston’s mayor as part of a longstanding commitment to community involvement and a desire to serve the public even more. Steve Hagerty, an Evanston-based emergency management consultant, says that he is running to be Evanston’s mayor in order to “help the City I live in every day.”
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Spring Bulk Trash Pick-ups Begin April 21
The City of Evanston's Public Works Agency offers residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year. Spring 2017 bulk trash pick-ups will take place on Fridays, April 21 through May 12.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Daniel Biss Announces Campaign for Governor
This mess in Springfiels was not caused solely by the present governor, Bruce Rauner, but by “30 years of broken politics,” Senator Biss said in opening his campaign for governor.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Some Aldermen Uneasy About Northwestern's PILOT Promise for 1840 Oak Ave.
At a time when town-gown relations appear to be at their most cordial in decades, some City staff and officials are trying to puzzle out why it happened: the purchase by Northwestern University of the property at 1840 Oak Ave., a parcel that by an agreement signed by the City and the University in the 1980s was not to be sold to a tax-exempt entity.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Neighbors Weigh in on Programs, Turf at New Crown Center
With community input and determined fundraising, a new Robert Crown Center is taking shape. The present building at 1701 Main St. has long been a target of wishful capital-improvement thinking, but in the last couple of years, the project has moved into planning.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Concerns Aired Over Contract for Architect for Howard Street Theater Project
A local architect expressed his concern about the City’s procedures for evaluating proposals after the City offered the contract for architectural services for the theater space at 721-23 Howard St. to a Chicago architect.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
As She Leaves Office, Mayor Assesses the State of the City
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, on March 10, delivered her final and farewell State of the City address.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Council Bytes: Highlights From the March 13 City Council Meeting
March Madness dominated the first few minutes of the March 13 City Council meeting, with excitement over Northwestern University’s first invitation to the NCAA tournament and the Evanston Township High School boys basketball team ranked number one in the State and heading into the semi-finals.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2017 Yard Waste Collections Begin April 3
The City of Evanston will begin weekly residential yard waste collections for the 2017 season on Monday, April 3.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Chicago Avenue/Sheridan Road Project Phase 1 Begins March 27
The City of Evanston will begin Phase 1 of the Chicago Avenue/Sheridan Road Corridor Improvement Project on March 27.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Survey on Transit Planning
The City of Evanston is conducting a Transit Planning 4 All (TP4All) survey to gather input on the mobility needs and transportation patterns of older adults and people with disabilities.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Proposed Tower at 601-611 Davis St. Grows to 33 Stories
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 and retail space on the ground floor at 601-611 Davis Street.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex And Library Neighborhood Meeting
The City of Evanston will host a neighborhood meeting to gather initial input for the planned replacement of the Robert Crown Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Robert Crown Center gymnasium, at 1701 Main St.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Police Matters Dominate Human Services Committee Meeting
Residents, City staff, and members of the Human Services Committee wrangled with thorny issues at the March 6 meeting. Each dealt with a different aspect of police-community relations.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Interfaith Gathering Examines Travel Ban and Immigration Issues
In a March 5 interfaith gathering at Dar-us-Sunnah Masjid and Community Center, 2045 Brown Ave., Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was clear in expressing the respect the City has for its Muslim residents and visitors.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
New Proposal for 831 Emerson St.
Nearly a year after City Council rejected a proposal by developer Tim Anderson of Focus Development and CA-Ventures for a 14-story, 260-unit building at 831 Emerson St., Mr. Anderson and Focus were scheduled to appear before the City’s Plan Commission on March 8 with a new proposal for the site.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Fire Chief Presents 2016 Statistics
Evanston Fire Department Chief Brian Scott, on Feb. 27, spoke to the Evanston City Council about his agency’s 2016 annual report. Chief Scott said EFD had “a very busy year – we again topped our record for calls with 10,267.” Sixty-two percent of those calls were for Emergency Medical Services.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Council Bytes: Highlights From the Feb. 27 City Council Meeting
There has not been much sleet or snow this winter but there is something slowing down Evanston mail – and the City’s post office is not picking up the phone when Evanstonians complain.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Dissent at Second Meeting on Creating a Police Review Board
The second meeting of community members working toward creating an independent police review board became contentious on March 2, when many of those in attendance voiced objections to the process.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Crown Center Campaign Event Raises More Than $1 Million
Building Evanston’s New Crown Jewel, a celebratory fundraising event held on Feb. 24 at the Evanston Art Center, raised more than $1.2 million for a reimagined Robert Crown Community Center, Turf Park, and Public Library.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Meeting on Replacement of Robert Crown
The City of Evanston will host a neighborhood meeting to gather initial input for the planned replacement of the Robert Crown Community Center on Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Rep. Schakowsky Comments on Republicans' 'Health' Plan
No wonder House Republicans hatched this bill in secret and kept it hidden for so long” said Rep. Schakowsky.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Main Street Corridor
Community members are invited to learn about and discuss improvements to the Main Street Corridor, from McDaniel to Dodge Avenues, at the 2nd Ward Meeting on March 9 ...
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Martha Burns on Ballot for Oakton Community College Board
The public is invited to attend an Oakton Community College Board of Trustees Candidates’ Forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Room 1604, at the college’s Des Plaines campus.
Monday, March 6, 2017
CAPER Public Meeting, March 21
Evanston community members are invited to provide comments and feedback on the City's 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
Monday, March 6, 2017
Property Tax Appeals
Homeowners can appeal their 2017 assessed values with the Cook County Assessor through Monday, March 27.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Schakowsky Statement on the hold placed on President Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0
So, naturally, it has been put on hold by a federal court, just like the President's first attempt to ban Muslims and refugees.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Expunging Criminal Arrest Records
A proposed bill, if passed, will make it easier to get juvenile arrest records expunged.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Rep. Fine Calls on State Officials to Stand Up Against Intolerance
 State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, joined members of the Jewish Caucus and others in the General Assembly to call on all elected officials to protect fellow citizens from the discriminatory policies of the Trump Administration.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Senate Bill Sponsored by Sen. Biss to Narrow Gender Pay Gap
A measure designed to narrow the gender wage gap in Illinois advanced out of the Senate’s Labor Committee Wednesday.
Saturday, March 11, 2017



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