Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to spend $40,377 to evict rats from 14 planter beds around Sherman Plaza downtown and install new plantings.

In a memo to the City Council, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the contractor she wants to hire for the job, Landscape Concepts Management of Chicago, has done similar work successfully for the city on planters near Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

The project involves removing most of the soil and plant material and installing a steel mesh liner that discourages rodents from burrowing into the soil.

Post date: April 28, 2014 - 10:18am

A plan by State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) to impose a penny an ounce tax on sugary soft drinks has been bottled up in a legislative committee.

A leader of industry opposition to the measure, Timothy Bramlet, executive director of the Illinois Beverage Association, says Gabel's bill and a companion measure in the state senate are "effectively dead" since they remain in committee and haven't been called for hearings.

Post date: April 28, 2014 - 9:38am

Evanston aldermen tonight may debate how much extra taxpayers should spend to encourage employment of local residents on city-funded projects.

Post date: April 28, 2014 - 6:31am

Joni King, a veteran Chicago Fire Department EMT/Paramedic, continues our World of Work series on May 4 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 North Lincoln Avenue in Skokie. Her topic is, "My Job as a Paramedic." King will tell us about her 13-year experience as a woman within the CFD, including the challenges that arise from working in a male-dominated field. 

Post date: April 27, 2014 - 10:27pm

Wheaton Academy’s soccer players probably set a tournament record for “selfies” Sunday at Toyota Park.

Post date: April 27, 2014 - 7:15pm

Two animal welfare groups have told Evanston officials they're interested in becoming the new volunteer organization at the city's animal shelter.

Post date: April 27, 2014 - 2:30pm

Hundreds of Evanstonians made the journey to Chicago's Wrigley Field Saturday evening to cheer Northwestern University's womens lacrosse team as they soundly defeated the University of Southern California 12-7, braving temperatures in the 40s.

Post date: April 27, 2014 - 10:24am

The 6th Annual Rock4Autism Benefit Concert and All Ages Family event draws nearly a thousand people throughout the day, which runs noon-6:00 p.m. at 27 Live, in downtown Evanston. 

Find out more about this fundraiser--featuring five live bands, dinner and more--in the calendar below.


Post date: April 27, 2014 - 5:00am

Two individual wins by senior Parker English and strong relay performances across the board fueled the Evanston girls track team to the team title at the Eastern Relays invitational hosted by the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Post date: April 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

The state attorney general may ultimately be asked to decide whether the Community Animal Rescue Effort can redirect funds it raised with a goal of expanding the Evanston animal shelter to some other purpose.

Last year, in a report to the attorney general's office, which supervises charities in Illlinois, CARE said it had set aside $569,135 raised from donors for the purpose of shelter expansion.

Post date: April 26, 2014 - 7:51am