NU student robbed

Northwestern University police say a male NU student was robbed in the 600 block of Noyes Street about 2:10 this morning.

Police say the student was riding his bicycle west on Noyes when a car pulled up near him and two men jumped out, pushed him off the bike and took his backpack, containing his laptop computer, cell phone and cash.

The offenders were described as black males in their 20s, wearing dark clothing.

The police recommend that students use the school's shuttle bus service, which provides transportation to areas both on and off campus every night until 3 a.m.

The police urge that suspicious activity immediately to University Police at 847-491-3254 or Evanston police at 847-866-5000.

Streetscape work starts at library

Construction work on the streetscape improvement project at the Evanston Public Library is getting underway this week.

The project will replace damaged and uneven sidewalks near the downtown library at Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

The work will include replacing the existing pavers with a new concrete sidewalk, installing new roadway curbing and brick paver bands behind the curbing and upgrading the library ramp area with poetry inscriptions.

Starting on Church Street, the construction project will move west toward Orrington Avenue, then north on Orrington. During construction, traffic will be maintained on Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

There will be no overnight and weekend parking on the north side of Church Street or the east side of Orrington Avenue in the construction zone.

All Library services will continue throughout the project, but patrons and staff will need to make the following accommodations:

    City budget crunch meetings planned

    Evanston's city manager will seek City Council approval tonight to hold a series of four public meetings next month to come up with ideas on how best to balance the city's budget next year in the face of declining revenue.

    In a memo to the aldermen, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the meetings would give residents and city employees a chance to offer ideas on how to provide city services more efficiently, develop new non-tax revenue sources and identify city service priorities.

    The process would begin on Saturday, Nov. 7, with an all-day meeting at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., to provide an overview of the city's operations and finances.

    Then two evening meetings would focus on different departments.

    A Thursday, Nov. 12, session would look at the community development, fire, police and public works departments.

    Schakowsky endorses Gabel in House race

    Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says she's endorsing Robyn Gabel in the Democratic primary for the Illinois House seat now held by Julie Hamos.

    “Robyn stands up for what she believes in,” said Schakowsky. “We know how effective she is in actually getting things done. She will be able to hit that ground running, which is what we need in our district.”

    Schakowsky, who is traveling to Afghanistan as part of a Congressional mission, made the remarks on video to supporters gathered at Gabel’s new campaign office at 906 Sherman Ave. for the official kick-off of her campaign.

    Gabel has served as executive director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition for the past 20 years. She helped design healthcare legislation that has provided healthcare to 1.4 million uninsured Illinois children and their parents.

    H1N1 flu clinics set at local schools

    H1N1 immunization clinics will be offered for students and staff at Evanston schools this month and next.

    The District 65's health services coordinator, Mary Larson, says the vaccinations will be offered free at each school.

    A consent form that must be signed by parents before children can receive the vaccine will be sent home about two weeks before each school's clinic session.

    Larson says participation in the immunization program is strongly encouraged but not required.

    Parents are encouraged to bring the consent form to Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct. 19, 20 or 21. Teachers will collect the forms ahead of the immunization clinic.

    Children younger than 10 years old should receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, spaced at least 21 days apart, in order to have full protection. The second dose can be administered by your child’s health care provider or during community vaccination clinics in the city.

    Your new neighbor may cackle

    chicken-300px-wikimedia.jpgFans of raising chickens in Evanston plan a meeting next week with city officials to start drafting an ordinance that would lift Evanston's ban on the critters. The Backyard Chicken Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Room 2200 at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Organizers say they expect Carl Caneva of the city's Health and Human Services Department to explain some of the issues involved in lifting the ban, which was imposed in 1974. Staff members from the the city's zoning division and the police department's animal control unit are also expected to attend.