Sheila Marie Merry today was named executive director of the Evanston Cradle to Career initiative, a collaboration of local schools, businesses and other groups to improve the lives of children, youth and families.

Merry previously headed the Illinois Mentoring Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for children and youth.

Post date: January 26, 2015 - 10:22am

City staff will ask Evanston aldermen tonight what to do about plans to renovate Penny Park -- where the idea of replacing aging wood play structures has run into a buzzsaw of opposition from some neighbors.

The opponents -- some of whom were involved in designing and building the park a quarter century ago -- were out in force at a community meeting last month.

Post date: January 26, 2015 - 9:11am

Evanston's Utilities Commission is recommending that the city replace, rather than repair, its aging 1934 water storage reservoir, and staff says the $20 million project can be financed without raising water rates to Evanston residents.

Post date: January 26, 2015 - 6:43am

"Anytime/Anywhere," Piven Theatre Workshop's new improv series, opens Feb. 7 for a month-long run with a different collection of performers at every curtain.

Jennifer Green, Piven's artistic director, says no work is newer or more thrilling than improv -- "It's being created before your eyes."

In all, more than 60 performers will participate in the series.

Post date: January 26, 2015 - 5:00am

Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, will present a lecture on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Evanston Public Library.

This will also be the topic of his forthcoming book, to be published by the University of California Press. Professor Makdisi has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history, as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East.

Post date: January 25, 2015 - 1:01pm

That snow storm that was expected to drop a couple inches on Evanston early today went south -- literally and figuratively -- and now we're expected to get no more than half an inch.

Post date: January 25, 2015 - 8:22am

David Rivera-Kohr knows there’s still a lot of history left for him to make for the Evanston wrestling program.

The Wildkit junior --- who already ranks third on Evanston’s career victory list --- added to his impressive resume today at the Central Suburban League Tournament held at Glenbrook South.

Post date: January 24, 2015 - 8:45pm

Evanston is expected to get a couple of inches of snow starting around 3 a.m. Sunday and ending by about 1 p.m.

Post date: January 24, 2015 - 6:20pm

The Northwest Municipal Conference, a group representing 45 local governments in the Chicago suburbs including Evanston, unveiled a set of goals for the new state legislative session at a breakfast meeting in Northbrook today.

Post date: January 24, 2015 - 4:23pm

The  Kiwanis Club  of Evanston and Shore Community Services are teaming up for the 27th straight year of Pizzamania, an all-you-can-eat and drink Mardi Gras event benefiting Shore Community Services, an organization dedicated to helping children  and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Parti-Gras” attendees are encouraged to come in their most outrageous Mardi Gras costumes.

Post date: January 24, 2015 - 1:25pm