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EPD Pilots Use of Body Cameras
On June 2, the Evanston Police Department launched a pilot in which nine police officers and two supervisors started wearing body cameras to test the reliability and effectiveness of the equipment and to address any procedural and technical issues that may arise. The pilot is scheduled to last through the summer, after which the EPD, with community input, will assess the pilot, said EPD Commander Joe Dugan.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Evanston Recycles
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) received 14,160 pounds of paper and 56,422 pounds of electronics. The City of Evanston collected 1,775 pounds of batteries, 665 gallons of plastic film, 480 fluorescent bulbs, and 65 gallons of reusable bags.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADS, City Address Some Transfer Station Problems
Officials from Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) and the City, on July 19, spoke at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center to update neighborhood residents on new developments concerning Advanced Disposal’s waste-transfer station located at 1711 Church Street.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Library Board Hears Equity Update, Honors Delores Holmes
Meeting with new officers, the Library Board of Trustees on July 19 heard City Equity and Empowerment Coordinator Patricia Efiom describe the process she envisions for the Library.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
No Increases in Parking Ticket Fines
 Despite facing a looming budget crisis, the City’s Administration and Public Works Committee has absolutely no appetite for an increase in expired-meter fines and street-sweeping parking fines and a reduction in the number of tickets needed to get the Boot from five to three.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Sen. Biss Speaks on Campaign Financing, Tax Reform, School Funding
At a meeting hosted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group Action for a Better Tomorrow (ABT) on July 23, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current State Senator Daniel Biss spoke about Illinois’ unfair tax system and its broken political system, both of which, he said, harm many Illinois residents.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
EPD Pilots Use of Body Cameras
On June 2, the Evanston Police Department launched a pilot in which nine police officers and two supervisors started wearing body cameras to test the reliability and effectiveness of the equipment and to address any procedural and technical issues that may arise.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
City Struggles to Fill Budget Gap
 City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz warned a wary City Council Monday night, July 23, that staff layoffs may be looming as the best and only way to fill an anticipated $3.3 million 2017 budget shortfall and other ongoing budget challenges.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Council Approves $2 Million Subsidy For Chicago-Howard Development
 At its July 24 meeting, City Council voted to approve a nearly $2 million forgivable loan to a developer for a 24-unit mixed use development along the stretch of Chicago Avenue just north of Howard Street.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Delving into Property Tax Bills
Many residents have been hit with large increases in their property tax bills. While a significant portion of the increase is due to District 65’s $14.5 million referendum that was approved on April 4, a significant portion of the increase for some property owners is due to the Assessor’s 2016 triennial reassessment of property in Evanston and in School Districts 65 and 202.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
EPL North Branch to Close July 29 through Sept. 5
The North Branch of the Evanston Public Library, 2026 Central St., will close for construction Saturday, July 29, at 6 pm, and reopen Tuesday, September 5, at 10 am.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Rep. Schakowsky's and State Senator Biss's Statement on the U.S. Senate's Vote on Health Care
“By the narrowest of margins – requiring Vice President Pence to break a tie –Senate Republicans have voted to move forward on their dangerous health care proposals.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
James Park Renovations
The City of Evanston is contracting improvements at James Park over the next five months.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Period to File Property Tax Appeals Opens Aug. 1
On Aug. 1, the Cook County Board of Review will begin accepting appeals from property owners in the Evanston for 2017 assessments, payable as taxes in August 2018.  
Monday, July 24, 2017
Statement from Clerk Orr Regarding the Assessment Process
Below is a statement by Cook County Clerk David Orr given to Cook County Commissioners yesterday afternoon in lieu of today's hearing with Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios. July 18, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Robert Crown Project Neighborhood Meeting August 3
The City of Evanston will host a third neighborhood meeting to gather input for the planned replacement of the Robert Crown Community Center.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Two Juveniles Charged With Aggravated Battery
One of the males, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot the victim, said the Commander.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Evanston Housing Survey
As part of efforts to understand the demand for housing and future housing needs for our community, the City of Evanston's Age Friendly Task Force is conducting a Housing survey designed to gather information from residents on current housing and potential future needs as they age.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Pavement Marking Program Set to Begin This Week
The City of Evanston will be refreshing pavement markings in the 2017 program area beginning the week of July 17, 2017.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Rep. Fine's Summary of State Budget
After two years without a budget, which caused devastation to human services, higher education and the financial standing and stability of our state, Illinois finally has a bi-partisan balanced budget. 
Monday, July 17, 2017
Chicago Avenue/Sheridan Road Project Update
With approval of the State budget, the contractor started mobilizing for the Phase 2 portion of the construction on Sheridan Road this week.
Monday, July 17, 2017
City Must Respond to AG By Monday About Possible OMA Violation
At the request of Allison Mcguire, the Illinois Attorney General’s office is looking into whether the June 30 City Council meeting was held in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA).
Friday, July 14, 2017
State Rep. Gabel's Summary of the State Budget
I am pleased to report that last week, after two painful years, Illinois state government passed a bi-partisan budget into law. The budget is balanced and includes cuts and new revenue as well as reforms requested by the Governor.
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Connections Continues Advocacy for Affordable Housing
Connections for the Homeless is doubling down by expanding its leadership team and focusing its new strategic plan on tackling this seemingly intractable problem.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City Budget Falls into $3 Million to $5.6 Million Hole
Marty Lyons, Chief Financial Officer for the City, presented City Council with a Mid-year 2017 Budget Report on July 10 that projects the City will have a shortfall in its budget for 2017 in the range of between $3 million (under Scenario 1, pegged as the most likely scenario) and $5.6 million (under Scenario 2, a worst  case scenario).
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
City's Capital Project Needs Overwhelm Annual Budget
According to a “Capital Improvement Planning Issues” presentation at the July 10 City Council meeting, capital needs in the City of Evanston far exceed the money devoted toward them each year out of the City’s annual budget.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Committee Hears, Holds Equity and Empowerment Plan
A seven-point Equity and Empowerment plan presented to the Human Services Committee on July 10 was met with more criticism than support from the public.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Evanston 'Opts In' to Cook County Minimum Wage
In a hastily called “emergency” meeting of City Council on June 30, the City of Evanston “opted in” to the Cook County ordinance increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour effective July 1 and adopting mandatory paid sick leave.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
An Unfinished History of Evanston's Harley Clarke Mansion
The mansion, built in 1927 by businessman Harley Clarke, became the national headquarters for the Sigma Chi fraternity in 1950.According to Sigma Chi’s historical initiative website, the City of Evanston “approached the fraternity” seeking “to acquire the beach in the property – by condemnation if necessary.” The fraternity decided to sell the entire property, including the mansion, to the City.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Local Human Services Agencies 'Joining Forces' to Address Affordable Housing
What began as a post-presidential election rally of sorts has led to the creation of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing, a coalition of human services agencies determined to take action to address one of Evanston’s most complex problems.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017



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