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Evanston aldermen this year have voted to spend over $10 million on economic development activities.
That's only about 4 percent of the city's total annual spending of more than $250 million.
But the pace of such spending -- now that the aldermen have declared economic development their top priority and dramatically increased the staff working on development efforts -- is giving some residents and some aldermen pause.

Post date: July 25, 2012 - 6:43am
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Merchants in downown Evanston and the Chicago-Dempster shopping district will be rolling their bargains out onto the sidewalk this weekend.
It's the annual sidewalk sale, which runs Friday through Sunday. Sale organizers at Downtown Evanston say shoppers can expect to find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories and decorative arts, including the best in specialty and hand-crafted goods.

Post date: July 25, 2012 - 5:51am
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A victim was kicked in the hip at Evanston Hospital late Monday. This and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: July 24, 2012 - 2:41pm
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Debate over Evanston's economic development policies started sizzling Monday night when the mayor had to break a tie vote on whether to provide financial help to Now We're Cookin' for its planned expansion to become a culinary business incubator.

Post date: July 24, 2012 - 10:18am
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Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council meeting, in which it took a rare tie-breaking vote by the mayor to win approval for an economic development grant to a local business.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 8:37pm
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The Evanston City Council's Planning and Development Committee tonight rejected a plan to rezone property on Crawford Avenue near Gross Point Road for redevelopment as a drive-through bank.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 7:19pm
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Here's a recap of our live coverage of this evening's Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 5:53pm
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A victim was pushed to the ground by a robber who took his cell phone and keyboard in the 2400 block of Main Street. This and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 5:16pm
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Members of the Evanston City Council's Planning and Development Committee are scheduled to take another look tonight at a proposal to require that all rental units in the city be licensed.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 10:19am
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The folks who drive beat-up pickup trucks through Evanston's alleys looking for scrap metal to collect would have to be licensed under an ordinance scheduled for City Council adoption tonight.

Post date: July 23, 2012 - 9:39am

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