An Evanston City Council committee Monday will review a staff proposal to imposed height limits on hedges in front and side yards similar to the limits that already exist for fences.
The proposal would limit the height of hedges to six feet.
In a memo to aldermen, City Attorney Grant Farrar says overly tall hedges create a potential danger to the health safety and welfare of the public because they block the view of vehicles approaching intersections, block light from streetlights and create general safety concerns for pedestrians.

Post date: October 4, 2013 - 8:17am

Police are conducting an arson investigation of an apartment fire in the 800 block of Hinman Avenue. Also there was an armed robbery in the 300 block of Howard Street. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 3:24pm

A bevy of local dignitaries will be cast in a stage parody of the popular movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, at the annual benefit of the Evanston Community Foundation later this month.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 2:53pm

The city announced Thursday that the Central Street neighborhood in north Evanston will be the recipient of a national award, to be granted at a press conference at Independence Park on Friday.
In breaking the news on its website, the city invited the community to attend the conference at 3 p.m. at the park, located at Central Street and Stewart Avenue, to “find out why we’re so excited.”
The designation of Central Street as “one of 10 great neighborhoods for 2013,” is expected to come from the Washington, D.C.-based American Planning Association.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 11:56am

With enrollment now open in the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act local lawmakers are sponsoring a counseling session and panel discussion on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Levy Center in Evanston.
From noon until 5 p.m., counselors will be on hand to meet one-on-one with anyone with questions about the law or is interested in enrolling to receive health insurance coverage. No appointment is necessary.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 10:16am

Evanston police this morning issued a warning to people planning to party this weekend in connection with Northwestern University's homecoming football game against Ohio State.

Here's the text of the advisory:
The Evanston Police Department wants to give notice to all participants attending the festivities associated with the upcoming Northwestern vs. Ohio State football game this Saturday, October 5th.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 9:58am

A hypothetical lakefront protection ordinance prepared by moderator Cameron Davis provided the framework for a Democratic Party of Evanston panel discussion Wednesday night.
But it became apparent during the session that Evanston already has a zoning ordinance that tightly restricts development along the lake buttressed by a citywide master plan and a lakefront master plan.
Even a supporter of the concept of a new ordinance, local attorney Jeff Smith, said the ordinance would be redundant.
And, as Smith noted, anything the City Council adopts, it can amend or repeal.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 6:19am

Evanston is failing to make its lakefront accessible for all, Alderman Coleen Burrus told a panel on lakefront protection Wednesday night.
The city charges people to go on the beach, she said, so many people don't go.
It offers some free beach tokens, "but that puts people at a disadvantage and embarrasses kids who have to ask their parents to fill out a form to get free tokens."
It doesn't allow rentals of umbrellas or chairs, forcing people who might travel to the beach on public transportation to carry those unwieldy items with them.

Post date: October 3, 2013 - 5:37am

Monday, October 14, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

(2013. 100 min. South Africa)

Post date: October 2, 2013 - 7:28pm

Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds.

Post date: October 2, 2013 - 6:20pm