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March 21, 2018 

Budgeting Based on Priorities
Several weeks ago, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz signaled that he would begin the budget process far earlier than ever before in his 27 years in local government.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Disappointing Election Results for Most Evanston Candidates
Evanston candidates did not fare well in the March 20 Democratic primaries for Governor and State Representative of the 17th District, and in the Republican primary for U.S. Congressman of the 9th District.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
State of Evanston is 'Strong,' Mayor Reports
Mayor Stephen Hagerty declared “the state of our City is strong” at the State of the City address delivered March 9 at the Evanston Holiday Inn.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Ethics Board to Hear Complaint in May About Alderman Rue Simmons
At their meeting on March 20, Board of Ethics members heard testimony from Ms. Witenberg, Ald. Rue Simmons and Joel Hamernick, CEO of Sunshine Enterprises.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
City Names CFO/Treasurer
Hitesh Desai previously held the positions of accounting manager and senior accountant at the City of Evanston, having served for 12 years between 2000 and 2014. For the past four years, he has served as finance director for the Village of Carpentersville. His start date here will be April 16.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2018 Food and Yard Waste Collections Begin April 2
The City of Evanston will begin its weekly yard waste collections for the 2018 season on Monday, April 2...
Monday, March 19, 2018
Reports of Person With a Gun at Emerson/Maple Was Hoax
Police are now saying that the call they received at about 2:30 p.m. that a graduate student had shot his girlfriend in a Northwestern University dormitory was a hoax.

Updated at 5:52 p.m. on March 14

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Sen. Biss's Statement on Bruce Rauner's veto of Gun Dealer Licensing Bill
Instead of standing up to do what’s right, he’s putting his fealty to the NRA first, once again proving himself a coward incapable of governing."
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Police Charge Felon with Possession of Firearm
After detecting an odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle, the officers searched the  vehicle and found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat, said the Commander.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Evanston Property Tax Workshop
Evanston Township property owners are invited to attend a Property Tax Appeal Workshop on March 13.

Monday, March 12, 2018
City Achieves Recertification as 4-STAR Sustainable Community
Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty has announced that Evanston was recertified as a 4-STAR Community by the STAR Community Rating System (STAR).
Monday, March 12, 2018
Clerk Instructed Not to Distribute "I Early Voted" Stickers
County Clerk's Office instructed Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid to stop distributing “I Early Voted - Evanston Votes” stickers from a table immediately outside the Early Voting site at the Evanston Civic Center.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Northlight and Developers Withdraw Performing Arts Center Proposal
Skokie-based Northlight Theater and Chicago-area developers have withdrawn from a project that would have brought a large-scale performing arts complex to downtown Evanston.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Controversial Water Pumping Station Poised To Land at the Former Shore School
The pumping station will be built in the coming months at 2525 Church St., the former site of Shore School on land owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The location has stirred confusion, outrage, resentment, and misconceptions among some members of the community.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Downtown Target Hosts Ribbon-Cutting
City officials, community members and new employees were among those on hand the evening of March 6, as the Minneapolis-based retail giant Target Corporation unveiled its new downtown Evanston store at 1616 Sherman Ave. in Sherman Plaza.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
City Announces Changes in 'Transportation For Evanston' Program
Plans to shift from taxicab coupons for the elderly to a more comprehensive transportation network subsidy in the form of a City-issued, transit-specific debit card, are moving forward.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Panhandling Ordinance Rewrite Held in Committee
The complete replacement of Evanston’s existing Panhandling and Soliciting Ordinance with a rewritten law faced opposition from both the public and the Human Services Committee members at the March 5 meeting. The proposed rewrite was held in committee for revision and future discussion. Prospects for any actual changes are now unknown.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Budget-Crisis Bytes
As recently as Feb. 19, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz warned City Council of an upcoming budget crisis, calling on Council to “begin these reductions now if we’re going to be able to grapple” with budgetary needs looming in the near future. Apparently, the need to grapple will come – but it was not apparent at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, when aldermen approved another wave of expenditures without even the briefest discussion of their budgetary impact.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Practical Advice on Advancing Gun-Control Legislation
The first to speak were the four professionals who deal with violence in their daily lives – the Fire Department chaplain, two doctors, and a local activist.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Zoning Board Denies Variances to Central Street Project
The Evanston Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request on Feb. 20 for zoning relief to erect a 14-unit multiple-family residence at 3233-3249 Central St. and sent the project’s developers back to the drawing boards.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Evanston Celebrates National Drinking Water Week
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, May 6 through 12, the City of Evanston is hosting its annual art contest for third-grade students.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Understanding Lead and Drinking Water
The City of Evanston has provided the following information about lead in drinking water.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2017 Crime Statistics Show Improvements
The Evanston Police Department has released the 2017 Crime Statistics for Part 1 Crimes, which are defined by the FBI as murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated battery/assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  There was a reduction in six of the eight Part 1 categories in 2017 compared to 2016. While there was a reduction in violent crime, there was an uptick in both thefts and robberies.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Nominations for Preservation and Design Awards
The City of Evanston's Preservation Commission invites homeowners, architects, contractors, and Evanston residents to nominate preservation projects for the 2018 Evanston Preservation & Design Awards.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Even With Deficits, Active TIFs Are for the Most Part Productive
In a TIF, the tax increment – the difference between the taxes on the property at the time the TIF was created (the “base”) and the taxes on the increased value of the property while the TIF is in effect – remains within the TIF to be used for public improvements.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The Evanston Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and the Evanston Police Department are proud to host a Community Peace Circle on  March 7, 2018 at  at the Levy Senior Center.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Draft 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The City of Evanston’s Draft 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is open for public comment from Monday, March 5 through Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Large Diameter Sewer Rehab Project Planned in Southwest Evanston
The City of Evanston will soon begin rehabilitation of the combined sewer that follows the Mulford Street right-of-way starting at the southwest corner of James Park and extending west to the North Shore Channel
Monday, February 26, 2018
Harley Clarke Proposed Lease Moves Forward
The long-awaited 40-year lease conveying the Harley Clarke Mansion to Evanston Lake House and Garden (ELHG) moved forward March 12, though some details and benchmarks remain to be finalized. The vote was 6-1 introduce the proposed lease, with Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, voting no.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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