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1K ideas and counting for Evanston150

Evanston150 recorded its 1,000th idea Friday, putting the community-wide grassroots initiative well on its way to the goal of collecting  2,013 ideas to make Evanston a better place to live, work, play and study.

Evanston150 recorded its 1,000th idea Friday, putting the community-wide grassroots initiative well on its way to the goal of collecting  2,013 ideas to make Evanston a better place to live, work, play and study.

The 1,000th idea called for citywide high speed Wi-Fi.

Evanston150 community partners and residents have held numerous brainstorming sessions throughout the city since the March 26 Community Rally Kick Off. A brainstorming session for Evanston's 5th Ward brought in 85 ideas on June 16.

Other community brainstorms have been hosted by Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Arts Center, Evanston Community Foundation and Leadership Evanston, Evanston History Center, Evanston Public Library, Evanston Township High School, the Evanston Rotary Clubs, Family Focus, First Bank and Trust, the Kiwanis Club, LAN 40, McGaw YMCA, Northminster Presbyterian, Northern Cook County Informational Expungement Expo, Northshore Retirement Hotel, North Shore Senior Center Evanston/Skokie Senior Services, Northwestern University, Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, Simply Chicago Art, YWCA Evanston/Northshore and the Woman's Club of Evanston.

Upcoming brainstorming sessions are scheduled for Whole Foods Market at 1111 Chicago Avenue, on Wednesday, July 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. and St. Nicholas Church at 806 Ridge Ave. on Sunday, July 24, from 2:15 to 3 p.m.

Organizations hosting a brainstorm session can send their event information to [email protected] to be posted on the website at www.evanston150.org.

Evanston150 Steering Committee members and volunteers are available to assist with community brainstorming sessions. To request a brainstorming facilitator send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 847-347-2013.

Evanston150 is a community-wide initiative to engage Evanstonians in imagining the city's future, resulting in 10 visionary ideas having broad support and promising long-lasting impact to celebrate Evanston's 150th anniversary in 2013.

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