Evanston aldermen Monday directed city staff to develop 2016 budget plans that anticipate some funding cuts from the state -- but not as big a reduction as Gov. Rauner has proposed.

With the state government still without an adopted budget a week into its new fiscal year, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told aldermen her best guess is that ultimately lawmakers and the governor will agree to reducing the share of the state income tax provided to municipalities, but less than the 50 percent cut Rauner proposed.

Post date: July 7, 2015 - 10:30am

After some heated debate about who was to blame for a street naming snafu, Evanston aldermen came up with a solution Monday night by voting instead to name their meeting room after former mayor Jay Lytle.

Post date: July 7, 2015 - 9:59am

About a dozen bicycles were stolen throughout Evanston over an otherwise typical summer holiday weekend. These among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 4:55pm

Children's book author and New York Public Library staffer Elizabeth "Betsy" Bird will join the Evanston Public Library as collection development manager at the end of this month.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 4:53pm

On Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, noon to 7 p.m., community members are invited to celebrate the 30th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival at Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Road. and Church Street.

The free, two-day event transforms Evanston’s lakefront into a Global Village to celebrate diversity world-wide and features art from a variety of countries, family craft activities, international cuisine, live music, dance, and spoken word performances.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 2:00pm

Evanston's Economic Development Committee is scheduled to consider a proposal Tuesday from Smylie Bros. Brewing Co. to expand into the city's former recycling center on Oakton Street.

A year after opening his first brewpub in the former state employment office at 1615 Oak Ave., Michael Smylie says he's operating at capacity there and wants to expand to offer wholesale distribution throughout the Chicago area.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 11:31am

Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology has been awarded a U.S. Air Force Center of Excellence grant to design advanced bioprogrammable nanomaterials.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 9:54am

Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to debate expanding the city's honorary street name sign program to let more aldermen propose placing such signs downtown.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 6:20am

Evanston's Mitchell Museum of the American Indian got some national exposure for its latest exhibit last night -- with a feature story on the PBS NewsHour about its display of elaborate custom clothes worn by Native Americans.

Post date: July 6, 2015 - 6:16am

The Evanston Cub Scout Pack 929 reminded the crowd of spectators gathered for this year's annual parade of the theme of Evanston's 94th 4th of July celebration: "Tree City - Green City."

Post date: July 4, 2015 - 4:46pm