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Mayor Speaks on Public Safety Pension Reform at State Capital Press Conference

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl traveled to Springfield Tuesday to speak at a noontime press conference of Illinois Mayors urging the General Assembly to enact real pension reform for police and fire pensions. The General Assembly is set to begin consideration of a package of reforms tomorrow.

The press conference was sponsored by Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities, a coalition of Illinois local governments including Evanston. The press release from the event can be found here

Mayor Tisdahl also met with State Senator Jeff Schoenberg and State Representative Robyn Gabel to request their continued support for a pension reform bill during the veto session. The Mayor also attended a hearing in the House Wednesday morning on the proposed reform legislation before returning to Evanston Wednesday afternoon.

Evanston Officials Make Case to CTA Board about Purple Line Viaduct Repairs

Last week Evanston Aldermen Melissa Wynne (Third Ward) and Jane Grover (Seventh Ward) attended the November CTA Board meeting on behalf of the City of Evanston. The purpose of the visit was to advocate for the inclusion of funding for three Evanston Purple Line viaducts to CTA’s five year capital plan.

“I am so energized to lend Evanston’s support to the CTA Board’s discussion regarding adding funding to the CTA’s capital plan to make needed replacements to three of the Purple Line viaducts in Evanston,” explained Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne. “I see daily the impact old viaducts make not just on the neighborhoods they divide, but also on the overall economic health of Evanston.” More

City Addresses Some Rental Standards, Requirements & Recent Issues

The City of Evanston has experienced an increase in resident based complaints of too many people living in a single household inrent.jpg violation of City Code and illegally altered rental properties. This has been more prevalent in some of the city’s neighborhoods used heavily by college students for off-campus housing.

“The no more than “three unrelated rule” that applies to occupancy of single family and multi-family dwelling residential structures and the zoning ordinance prohibiting the creation of new lodging establishments in certain zoning districts is not the core issue,” explained Jeff Murphy, Division Manager of Building and Inspection Services. “Rather, enforcement of these ordinances helps treat the symptoms of the real problem which is the compromising of the health, safety and welfare of those who live in or around illegally altered and non-code compliant housing.” More

Police Dept. Conducting Traffic Safety Campaign

The Evanston Police Department has been selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a series of trafficSeat-Belts-Please.jpg enforcement campaigns. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce the incidents of motor vehicle crashes which can result in injuries or fatalities through increased highly visibility enforcement mobilizations. More

Mayor Seeks New Members for Sign Review & Appeals Board

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is currently seeking participation from its diverse and widely experienced citizens to fill three vacancies on the City of Evanston's Signs, Review & Appeals Board. The Board is currently recruiting two people with graphic arts experience and one person with advertising experience. Learn more and how to apply here

Library Announces Wireless Internet & Computer Upgrades

The Evanston Public Library recently upgraded its wireless internet service along with many upgrades to computers throughout the Library. Laptop users will find this much needed and anticipated upgrade to our wireless connection a welcome enhancement. They will experience faster Internet connections, fewer dropped connections and more consistent access on all floors. Likewise, customers using the Library’s new PCs will find improved access to the various resources available.

"State of the art wireless access points have been installed throughout the Main Library. These access points will increase the types of clients they can accept and give Library customers better Internet stability and speed. This system upgrade allows the Library to more effectively meet the current and changing needs of online users," said Evanston Public Library Director Mary Johns. More

Township Assessor Extends Hours during Property Tax Period

The Evanston Township Assessor's Office will have extended office hours until December 13th during the second installment tax bill period. Taxpayers can bring in their Cook County Property Tax bills if they have questions about the various exemptions that they might be eligible including Homeowners, Senior Citizen, Senior Freeze, Home Improvement, Returning Veterans', Disabled Veterans' or Disabled Persons' Exemptions.

The office will be open on Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Also, the office will be open on Saturday November 20, 2010 and Saturday December 11, 2010 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Township Assessor's office is located at 846 Dodge Ave. Phone number is (847) 332-2465.

Also, visit the Cook County Assessor's web site for Tax Bill Related Questions

Help Evanston Families in Need this Season

Be a part of the annual holiday toy and food drive sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations. Please bring new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Your donation will be collected in the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Room 1100, through Dec. 20. Make the holiday season joyful for as many families as possible! For more information, call 847/448-8138.

NU Basketball Announces "Evanston Day" for Nov 30 Game

Northwestern Basketball Announces "Evanston Day" on November 30 which coincides with the Wildcat Food Drive to support Family Focus. After a fun and successful Evanston Day at Wildcat Football in September, Northwestern University's Athletic Department and the City of Evanston have announced plans for Evanston Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

All Evanston residents are invited to watch the Wildcat men's basketball team take on Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, November 30. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Evanston residents can purchase discounted tickets ($17) to the game online at NUsports.com with the promotion code NUEVD (discounted tickets must be purchased in advance).

The Northwestern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be collecting non-perishable food items at the game as part of their annual food drive to benefit Evanston's Family Focus. All fans that donate a non-perishable food item at the game will be entered to win free s domestic roundtrip airfare ticket compliments of American Airlines. For more information, e-mail wildcatmarketing@northwestern.edu.

New Holiday Bazaar Features "Home Grown Artists" Dec 3

Shop for beautiful and unique items to give as gifts or keep for yourself from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at the first-ever Evanston Home Grown Artists Holiday Bazaar!

There will be jewelry, ceramics, paintings, knitwear and more. The bazaar, which takes place at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., is a great way to shop for the holidays while supporting local artists. Admission is free. For more information, call 847/448-8138.

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