Aldermen wrestle with restaurant rules

Aldermen on Evanston's Planning and Development Committee decided Monday that they don't like the new restaurant definitions the City Council adopted last fall.
In 2005, the council -- trying to deal with litter problems created by fast-food restaurants -- made those businesses jump through the city's "special use permit" process before they could open.

High-efficiency heating system prototype launched

Evanston-based Energy Recovery Technologies, LLC says it has built a prototype of its high efficiency heating and cooling system that captures almost 100 percent of the exhausted energy that has traditionally gone up the chimney.
ERT’s new technology "will create game changing advances in the marketplace,” says the firm's president, Ron Fleckman.