The rain we had in Evanston this morning has now changed to snow and it's expected to continue falling for the next couple of hours.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says pavement temperatures are 38 to 42 degrees now so the snow will have a hard time accumulating on the roads to start with.

Snow accumulations of less than a half inch are expected, mostly on grassy surfaces.

Air temperatures will continue to fall all afternoon reaching 28 to 25 degrees by 8 p.m.

Post date: November 24, 2014 - 11:24am

Earnings of the parent corporation of Evanston’s First Bank & Trust rose 27 percent in the first nine months of 2014, compared with the same period last year.

“The first nine months of the year have gone exceptionally well for the company,” wrote Robert R. Yohanan, managing director and chief executive officer of the firm, First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., in a letter to stockholders last week.

“We are hopeful that the remaining three months will continue the established trend,” he added.

Post date: November 24, 2014 - 10:39am

Connections for the Homeless will have certified Affordable Care Act Navigators at the Evanston Public Library through the spring to help people enroll in the Illinois Insurance Marketplace.

Connections was selected by Governor Quinn and The Illinois Department of Public Health as one of 37 community organizations around the state that will participate in year two of the In-Person Counselor (IPC) program that helps citizens with the ACA enrollment process.

Post date: November 24, 2014 - 7:45am

Faced with dramatic increases in anticipated capital improvement costs over the next few years, Evanston aldermen are scheduled to approve a 10 percent increase in water rates tonight.

The its the second of three 10 percent annual increases planned as the city prepares to make major improvements to its aging water infrastructure.

City officials say the increase will cost the average resident about $21 a year and that after the increase Evanston's water rate will remain less than half the average rate charged by a sampling of 18 other metro-area communities.

Post date: November 24, 2014 - 6:00am

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to consider several modifications to the overlay district zoning rules along Central Street.

Community Development Director Mark Muenzer says the changes would "better reflect" the 2007 Central Street Master Plan, which led to the adoption of the existing regulations.

Post date: November 23, 2014 - 8:57pm

The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association has elected new officers.

Chosen at a board meeting Thursday were President John Powers, Vice President Larry Mages and Treasurer Dan Wikel, all of Wilmette.

Jeffrey Stewart of Evanston will continue to serve as secretary. The officers serve a two-year term and along with the chair of the grounds committee, Chris Carey of Evanston, constitute the executive committee.

Post date: November 23, 2014 - 7:10pm

There was a recurring theme at the USA Developmental National Team Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs last month -- even the top players in his age group nationally couldn’t keep Evanston’s Nojel Eastern from getting to the basket.

Post date: November 23, 2014 - 6:46pm

Evanston’s girls swim team finally enjoyed a taste of state meet success after failing to advance to the final day of the Illinois High School Association competition for two years in a row.

Now head coach Kevin Auger hopes his junior-dominated squad is hungry for more.

A third-place finish by the 200-yard medley relay team of Paige Haden, Ana Woods, Iana Wolff and Honore Collins helped the Wildkits rack up 24 team points on Saturday at the ETHS Burton Aquatic Center, good for a tie for 14th place in the team standings with Hinsdale Central and St. Charles East.

Post date: November 22, 2014 - 9:02pm

Police have charged an Evanston parolee with felony possession of heroin after executing a search warrant at his apartment across from Evanston Township High School

Post date: November 22, 2014 - 2:38pm

Evanston’s 200-yard medley relay team shaved seven hundredths of a second off the school record Friday night in that event.

But after that, close didn’t really count for the Wildkit girls swimmers at the Illinois High School Association state preliminaries held at the Burton Aquatic Center at ETHS.

Under a qualifying format in which the top 12 times earn the right to swim again in Saturday’s championship or consolation finals, the Kits earned the 13th fastest qualifying time in two races and the 14th fastest in another.

Post date: November 22, 2014 - 6:44am