Foreclosure filings up 18 percent

The Woodstock Institute reports that foreclosure filings in Evanston increased in the first half of this year by 18 percent over the same period last year to a total of 267.
The good news, such as it is, was that the rise here was lower than the average 33 percent increase in northern Cook County, or the 37 percent increase for the six-county Chicago region.

City to consider more outdoor events

In the midst of the summer event season, Evanston aldermen tonight will consider whether the town needs more outdoor special events.
The City Council holds a special meeting at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center to review its policies, which now limit the number of events held on the lakefront to a dozen and limit the number of vendors at lakefront festivals.

Committee seeks enhanced farmers markets

Envision a number of weekly farmers markets, distributed strategically throughout Evanston, where farmers from within a 250-mile radius bring tasty, healthy, vitamin-filled produce, grown organically and priced affordably, accompanied by family-tested recipes that will make that “what’ll we have for dinner tonight” chore not only easier, but fun.