Evanston's City Council tonight is scheduled to approve a conceptual plan for long-term improvements to and around the CTA and Metra stations on Main Street.

The study, prepared over the past year by the Parsons Brinkerhoff consulting firm, calls for tunneling under the CTA embankment to provide a more direct pedestrian connection between the two stations and adding new access stairs and elevators as well as expanding the CTA station so it could handle eight-car trains.

Post date: June 9, 2014 - 9:55am

Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to consider an ordinance creating a new liquor license class to permit the sale of cans and bottles of beer at gas stations.

Post date: June 9, 2014 - 9:23am

John Ungashick, treasurer of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago and an avid history buff, speaks on June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave. in Skokie.

His topic is, “World War I: Miscalculation or Deliberate Act?” On the day after the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand, John will discuss the causes and circumstances of “The Great War,” which historians call the seminal event of the 20th Century.

Post date: June 8, 2014 - 10:01pm

Ken Novak and Sue Sherman lead an Ethical Humanities discussion on “Our Ancestral Roots” on June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 North Lincoln Avenue in Skokie.

Ken will discuss what DNA testing has revealed about relatives he didn’t know he had, his health risks, and where his ancestors likely were 13,000 years ago. He and Sue will present their research about our Society members. We’ll share our own stories of interesting ancestors and on our personal DNA or genealogical research . . . 

Post date: June 8, 2014 - 9:44pm

Julia Julstrom-Agoyo, a Sunday School graduate and an International Studies major at the University of Iowa, speaks June 15th at 10:30 a.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 North Lincoln Avenue in Skokie.

Her topic is, “Rwanda: 20 Years after the Genocide.” Julia will draw on her experience in Rwanda during her junior year semester abroad to describe the positive transformation of the country and some of the novel methods employed to achieve it.

Post date: June 8, 2014 - 9:35pm

Sunday, July 20, 1:30 pm, 1st Floor Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Amy Lee Segami demonstrates the ancient Japanese art form called suminagashi ("flowing ink"), also known as painting on water. Weaving her backgrounds in art and science with perspectives from both East and West, Ms. Segami draws on her physics knowledge and Asian heritage to create her own style of suminagashi. Her presentation will feature many of her paintings as she shares her creative process. Program co-sponsored by North Shore Village.

Post date: June 8, 2014 - 1:35pm

The Light Opera Works production of Damn Yankees opened a two-week run to a nearly full house at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston Saturday night.

The revival of the 1955 musical, about a middle-aged baseball fan's Faustian bargain to help his hapless Washington Senators to a pennant victory, stars the company's artistic director, Rudy Hogenmiller, as the devil, Brian Acker as the come-from-nowhere baseball phenom Joe Hardy and Erica Evans as the devilish temptress Lola.

Post date: June 8, 2014 - 7:18am

You can count on one hand the number of sectional baseball championships won by Evanston in the long history of the state tournament series.

Make room for another plaque. Evanston is back on the baseball map.

Another dominant pitching performance by junior right-hander Russell Snapp, and a solo home run by Jackson Mihevc, powered the Wildkits to a 3-2 victory over arch-rival New Trier Saturday in the championship game of the Class 4A Loyola Academy Sectional.

Post date: June 7, 2014 - 5:15pm

When the Evanston/Skokie District 65 PTA Council presented a special award to long-time education activist Mindy Wallis earlier this week, Kristen James told the board that a common question asked by parents over the past two decades is, “Who is that Mindy Wallis?”

Post date: June 7, 2014 - 11:36am

How did a 16-year Evanston parent and taxpayer end up as the superintendent of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system after a nationwide search that attracted more than 60 candidates from coast to coast?

Post date: June 7, 2014 - 8:52am