Property tax appeal deadline Aug. 10

Evanston Township residents have received a new property assessment that reflects a reduction from the Cook County Assessor. This is the first time that the Assessor has done a mid-cycle reduction. Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin encourages all Evanston property owners to take advantage of this unique opportunity to correct any assessment errors.

“Homeowners can submit an appeal to the Cook County Assessor if they believe the new assessed value is too high, or if they have other issues concerning their property assessment,” Commissioner Suffredin said.


Residents air bus line concerns

A relatively small but vocal audience attended the CTA's hearing Thursday night, July 23, at the Levy Center on proposed changes to routes 200 (Main Shuttle) and N201 (Central/Ridge Night Owl service). The CTA proposes to shorten the Night Owl by ending the route at Howard rather than its current terminus/turnaround at Granville. The 200 route is on the table for elimination altogether.


Realtors worry about 'green' ordinance

Evanston's City Council Monday is scheduled to vote on an ordinance to require green certification for major new construction and rehabilitation projects. The North Shore–Barrington Association of Realtors objects that the ordinance has an "all sticks and no carrots" approach to encouraging green building.FINANCING Real estate is a product rarely built with cash. New construction and interior renovations most often require financing that depends on lenders’ willingness to lend – often based on loan-to-value and debt service coverage ratios.



Native American 'Jewelry Trading Days' at Mitchell Museum

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will host its tenth annual “Native American Jewelry Trading Days” June 20–21 for collectors looking for deals on authentic, previously owned Native American jewelry.

Twenty percent of the sale proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central St., Evanston, where museum employees and volunteers will be staffing the event Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Support campaign contribution limits

A current sticking point in negotiations over campaign finance reform is one of the key points, contribution limits. The reasonable step of paralleling the federal limits, i.e., $2400 per individual per election cycle ($4800 in an election (primary + general)), and strict limits on transfers from party committees, is being resisted. It's important to show General Assembly leadership that the average voter gets the importance of this issue, and cares about it.


Kiss These Days Goodbye

Despite my best intentions of posting here on each of District 65’s early dismissal days, #3 & #4 got lost somewhere in between winter break, spring break and the never-ending work/family juggling act. However, today’s early release couldn’t escape without recognition, not only because it is the fifth and final in this school year but because it's likely the last one we’ll see for a while.