Evanston City Council discusses policy goals for coming term

Evanston City Council discusses policy goals for coming term

Rachel Janik, Reporter
May 20, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston’s 79th City Council began mapping a course for the next four years Monday and raised the city’s annual budget by $6.5 million. As the new council prepares to move forward after last month’s elections, aldermen discussed the strengths, weaknesses and goals of the community to be targeted... Read More »

Evanston aldermen renew efforts to regulate vacation rentals

Evanston aldermen renew efforts to regulate vacation rentals

Rachel Janik, Reporter
May 13, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston officials Monday debuted a new ordinance to regulate vacation rentals, their third attempt to tackle the controversial issue. The Planning and Development Committee last tried to address vacation rentals in April, when aldermen voted down two proposals and asked city staff to take a closer... Read More »

Evanston first graders win national science award

Evanston first graders win national science award

Rachel Janik, Reporter
May 2, 2013
Filed under City, Education, Local

Three first-graders from Evanston's Kingsley Elementary School have won second place in a national science and technology competition, the National Science Teachers Association announced Wednesday. The ExploraVision competition, administered by the NSTA and sponsored... Read More »

City Council approves tree planting, discusses Davis bike lane

City Council approves tree planting, discusses Davis bike lane

Rachel Janik and Jia You
April 22, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

The Evanston City Council on Monday approved plans to purchase 200 trees that will help minimize the impact of removing hundreds of infected ash trees this spring. The city’s forestry division detailed this season’s tree removal schedule, which will begin in May and continue through the summer. The... Read More »

Evanston ranks 10th in country for green commuting

Rachel Janik and Jia You
April 17, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Evanston ranks 10th in the nation for green commuting, according to a new survey by a personal finance website. Financial advice website Nerdwallet.com published the ranking Monday after studying the commuting habits... Read More »

Evanston nonprofits Y.O.U., YWCA to tackle dating violence with new grant

Rachel Janik, Reporter
April 3, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

An Evanston youth agency is teaming up with the YWCA Evanston/Northshore to fight dating violence, thanks to recently awarded federal funds that will arrive in June. Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., which provides support for young people, collaborated with the YWCA to apply for a grant from... Read More »

Evanston aldermen stall vacation rental ordinances

Rachel Janik, Reporter
April 1, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Discussion of Evanston’s controversial vacation rentals stalled at City Council on Monday night after proposed ordinances failed to garner support from aldermen on the Planning and Development Committee. Vacation rentals — residential dwelling units that are rented out to visitors for less than... Read More »

Evanston churches reach out to offenders, offer second chance

Rachel Janik, Reporter
November 30, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Local, State

After retiring from his decades-long career as a pastor at Fisher Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Evanston, the Rev. Hardist E. Lane continued his life's work: helping reintegrate ex-offenders into the community. “If a person’s paid his debt to society, you don’t want to rob him of a chance... Read More »

Evanston aldermen pass budget by unanimous vote, discusses 'brothel' changes

Rachel Janik, Reporter
November 27, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Evanston City Council voted Monday on the budget for the 2013 fiscal year and briefly discussed future changes to the city's controversial over-occupancy law. After a brief discussion on an amendment to Evanston's 2013 budget, aldermen voted unanimously to approve the budget for the next fiscal year.... Read More »

Evanston aldermen approve fire lane for Northwestern visitors center amid public criticism

Evanston aldermen approve fire lane for Northwestern visitors center amid public criticism

Rachel Janik, Reporter
November 13, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston aldermen agreed Monday to designate city land for the fire line for Northwestern’s proposed visitors center. The ordinance was amended from its original form — a leasing contract between the city and the University — to a flat rate to be paid up front to cover construction expenses. The... Read More »

Evanston Police present racial profiling report, aldermen call for more discussion

Evanston Police present racial profiling report, aldermen call for more discussion

Rachel Janik, Reporter
November 6, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Local, Photo Gallery, Politics, Top Stories

Representatives of the Evanston Police Department presented to the city’s Human Services Committee on Monday the results of an internal investigation that cleared the racial profiling allegations against the officer who detained a Northwestern professor’s son. In... Read More »

Evanston named Bicycle Friendly Community

Evanston named Bicycle Friendly Community

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 29, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

Five months after completing construction on a new protected bike lane on Church Street, Evanston was named a "Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The city formally received the award at Monday’s council meeting. The league distributes... Read More »

Evanston City Council overturns ruling against Northwestern construction plans

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 23, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Evanston aldermen voted Monday to ignore the Preservation Commission’s recommendation and grant Northwestern’s appeal to proceed with plans to construct a new visitors center on Sheridan Road. The 6-2 vote came after last week's Preservation Commission meeting, when the panel... Read More »

Evanston City Council overturns ruling against Northwestern construction plans

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 22, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Evanston City Council accepted Monday night an appeal by Northwestern that will allow the University to move forward with plans to build a new visitors center on Sheridan Road. Aldermen voted 6-2 to overturn a decision by the city's Preservation Commission to deny NU a certificate of appropriateness,... Read More »

Evanston nears final decision on Robert Crown reconstruction

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 21, 2012
Filed under City, Local

Evanston city officials are considering proposals for a new Robert Crown recreational center to be built and managed by a private owner because much-needed repairs for the old center would be too costly a burden for the city. The city is entering the final stages of selecting a... Read More »

Evanston nonprofit's plans disrupted by city's attempt to sell property

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 15, 2012
Filed under City, Local

Evanston is in the process of selling the Harley Clarke Mansion, a move that could be bad news for Edible Evanston, a farming nonprofit that recently won a grant to renovate and utilize a greenhouse on the property. Last June, the Evanston Community Foundation awarded almost $5,000 to Edible Evanston... Read More »

ETHS parents, administrators meet to discuss school's new direction

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 11, 2012
Filed under City, Education, Local

Parents, teachers and administrators of Evanston Township High School met Wednesday at Haven Middle School to discuss the school’s efforts to improve academic standards and educational equality. The meeting was part of a new ETHS initiative called Community Conversations, which aims to inform... Read More »

Evanston aldermen delay vote on landlord licensing ordinance

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 9, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

The Evanston City Council chamber was standing room only on Monday as city officials debated a controversial rental licensing ordinance that would require Evanston landlords to obtain special licenses to operate. Property owners, residents and landlords packed the room to voice their opinions about... Read More »

Aldermen postpone vote on landlord-licensing ordinance

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 8, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Local, Politics

The Evanston City Council delayed action Monday night on an ordinance that would require special licensing for landlords and is expected to impact Northwestern students living off campus. The council chamber was filled to capacity tonight with residents speaking their minds about the proposed ordinance.... Read More »

Evanston working to develop gun buyback program

Rachel Janik, Reporter
October 5, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, Local

The city is partnering with the Evanston Community Foundation and other local groups to implement a gun buyback program to reduce the number of operable weapons and ammunition available on the streets. Carolyn Murray, co-chair of the West Evanston Strategic Team developed the idea for the program... Read More »

Evanston aldermen consider $50,000 grant for tech incubator

Rachel Janik, Reporter
September 24, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

The Evanston City Council met to discuss disbursement of $50,000 in grant funds to Technology Innovation Center Monday, following which members of the council expressed their shock and grief at the recent shooting death of Evanston Township High School freshman Dajae Coleman. In Monday’s Planning... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
May 21, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

@edrabbit: Why is Facebook going public? They couldn't figure out the privacy settings either. (May 17) @UtheMANskiy: 4 papers, 1 presentation, 1 short film, 2 exams, and ... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
May 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

@aguywithnolife: Nick Cannon is trending directly under #WorstRapLineEver. Coincidence? I think not. (May 14) @FauxJohnMadden:... Read More »

Evanston-based Connections for the Homeless wins $100,000 grant

Rachel Janik
May 10, 2012
Filed under Business

Proposed zoning regulation draws ire of Evanston massage business owners

Rachel Janik
May 9, 2012
Filed under City

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
May 9, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Twit Picks @Ethan_Booker: I'd be a bad horse owner 'cause my horse would ALWAYS lose and I'd ALWAYS ask it, "Why the long face?". (May 5) ... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
May 2, 2012
Filed under Editorial

@DalaiLama: Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind - compassion opens it. April 30 @zachbraff:... Read More »

3,000 Baha'i faithful gather in Wilmette for temple's 100th anniversary

Rachel Janik
April 30, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

A single voice echoed off the cavernous domed walls of the Baha'i House of Worship until the rest of the choir joined in the hymn that began Sunday's devotion service in Wilmette. "The... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
April 24, 2012
Filed under Editorial

@deafgeoff: I judge anyone who tweets "Happy 420" today. It's Hitler's birthday and the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. 20 April

Evanston police and firemen square off in charity dodgeball tournament

Rachel Janik
April 24, 2012
Filed under Local

The Evanston Police Department and the Evanston Fire Department faced off Sunday in a charity dodgeball tournament. About 20 people participated in the annual "Guns vs. Hoses Dodgeball... Read More »

Evanston's Relay for Life provides funding for research, support for survivors

Rachel Janik
April 23, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

As 62-year-old Rose Thomas rounded the first bend of the Relay for Life of Evanston on Saturday, she removed her silver wig. "That's the reality of it," she said after the opening "survivor's ... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
April 18, 2012
Filed under Editorial

@tenorbuds: Honsetly If You're #InCollege You Need More Naps Than A 5 Year Old! April... Read More »

Biannual Evanston flea market draws young, old to Robert Crown Center

Rachel Janik
April 16, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

At Evanston's biannual flea market Saturday, 75-year-old Ashley Kennedy fiddled with a metal contraption that resembled a pair of pliers crowned with a coil of what looked like metallic Bubble Tape. The device was a 100-foot tape measure that predates World War II, the Evanston resident said. Kennedy,... Read More »

Twit Picks/Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
April 10, 2012
Filed under Editorial

Twit Picks @NUDM: A HUGE congrats to Matt Larsen and Katie Amys, ... Read More »

Twit Picks

Rachel Janik
April 2, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Your 2 Cents

Rachel Janik
April 2, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

What are you most looking forward to this Spring Quarter? "I'm looking forward to SAE [Society of Automotive Engineers] Formula Racing. We're going to go to Michigan to compete against a lot of other universities." - Jacob... Read More »

Your Two cents on Team Peeta or Team Gale

Rachel Janik
March 28, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Team Peeta or Team Gale?