A uniquely Evanston coalition of business, government, and non-profit organizations is urging Evanstonians to “shop locally, shop Evanston” each of the four Tuesdays in August.
If it works the way organizers hope it does, additional funding will be available to help the homeless and the unemployed to find work, while at the same time increasing the sales of local participating businesses.
And all this without government funding.

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 3:19pm

In a unique campaign designed to help the Evanston economy and help fund support services for unemployed residents, Connections for the Homeless and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering with local businesses for Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August. Each Tuesday this month, participating businesses have agreed to donate 5% of their sales to the two non-profits. The funds generated will support free financial literacy, job-readiness and job training programs at both organizations.

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 12:39pm

While Evanston tries to prosecute a homeowner for offering her house for short-term rental, the concept appears to be spreading elsewhere.

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 10:34am

Evanston's Human Services Committee tonight is scheduled to vote on whether to seek formal requests for proposals for the sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke mansion on the lakefront.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in a memo to aldermen, says four parties submitted statements of interest in the property from more than 10 people who toured the building in response to a request for interest the city issued in May.
They are:

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 9:30am

Eighteen months after it was acquired by Evanston's partner in a federal rehab grant program, the house at 1509 Emerson St. has been reduced to a pile of rubble.
The demolition of the property comes two weeks after complaints at a City Council meeting from an owner of a neighboring property that the city contractor had left the building open to the elements.
"If this was my property, you'd be giving me code violations," Tina Paden, of 1122 Emerson St., told aldermen.

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 6:49am

Evanston police are investigating an incident in which a Chicago man was shot in the leg outside the St. Francis Hospital emergency room.

Post date: August 6, 2012 - 6:16am

Evanston's Lakeshore Arts Festival resumes today at Dawes Park, after vendors had to pack up early on Saturday because of the threat of late-afternoon thunderstorms that were sweeping through the area.
The annual show, now in its 40th year, feaues over 100 visual artists, as well as musical acts, hands-on art crafts for children, and concession stands.
Though the festival artists had to pack up early on Saturday, the event will continue Sunday morning. 
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dawes Park is on Sheridan Road at Church Street.

Post date: August 5, 2012 - 6:29am

An Evanston alderman says the home invasion in her ward Wednesday was not a random incident, and the tenants of the apartment involved have now been evicted.
Alderman Ann Rainey, writing on her 8th Ward message board, says the owner of the property at 131 Asbury Ave. had obtained a court order for the eviction before the incident.

Post date: August 4, 2012 - 8:18am

Officers from the Evanston Police Department's Office of Professional Standards will discuss the process of filing complaints about police conduct at a meeting of the Citizens Network of Protection.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. in Evanston.

Post date: August 4, 2012 - 7:50am

 Library Book Sale is Aug. 10-12
Hundreds of “gently-used” books that are no longer needed by the Evanston Public Library, including many that are donated by patrons, will be available for purchase at the library’s annual summer sale, August 10-12.

Post date: August 3, 2012 - 3:34pm