Illinois Education Association endorses Kelly

The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE), the independent political action branch of the Illinois Education Association, has endorsed Eamon Kelly in the Democratic primary for the state house district representing Evanston.

Mayors endorse Judge Geary Kull

The Evanston community continues to show its support for Judge Geary Kull in his bid to become judge in Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit with endorsements from both Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and former Evanston mayor Lorraine Morton.
Judge Kull also received endorsements from many other Evanston leaders:

School for Little Children Offers Music, Me and Jeanie B! Classes

School for Little Children offers winter session music classes with Jeanie B for children 1 - 5 accompanied by an adult. Singing, dancing, finger play, musical instruments and other props create a group musical setting that features original music, traditional tunes, and old favorites.

A new year for school calendars

Well, another winter break is over and just as District 65 students were settling back into class, they were dismissed early today so teachers could participate in professional development training.

Don’t get me wrong, the way we’re organizing these sessions – seven half-days throughout the course of the year – is a huge improvement over what we had in the past and a major step in the right direction.  However, scheduling one within 72 hours of children returning to school after they’ve been off for two weeks really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

What to do about the branch libraries?

Like the NU Wildcats coming back against the Auburn Tigers, Evanston's branch libraries have  survived numerous budgets. But ultimately, the Wildcats lost and the branches most likely will fall to the current budget crisis. Emails are flying back and forth with requests for volunteers and arguments about the valuable services the branches give to our community.

McGaw YMCA kicks off 125th anniversary celebration

This January marks the beginning of a year-long series of celebrations for the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, in commemoration of its 125th anniversary year.
In recognition of its founding year, the McGaw YMCA has lowered all joiner’s fees to $18.85 through the end of January, and has launched a sister website chronicling the organization’s history and archiving related media.

Mitchell Museum names new executive director

M. Kathleen McDonald, an Evanston resident with wide-ranging professional experience in museum management and operations, has been named executive director of Evanston’s Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, an independent, not-for-profit educational institution focusing on the history and living cultures of North America’s Native peoples.

Dawn Clark Netsch endorses Gabel for state rep.

Former Illinois Comptroller and State Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch has endorsed Robyn Gabel for state representative in the 18th District.
Netsch said in a letter, “Robyn is intelligent, thoughtful, and deeply committed to making government work. The most effective representatives in public office are those who genuinely care about the people they are representing and their issues—and see their time in office as an extension of their own life’s mission. Robyn Gabel will serve us well and get the job done.”

Sierra Club backs Jeff Smith

The Sierra Club, the largest environmental organization in Illinois, has endorsed Jeff Smith in the Democratic primary for State Representative in the 18th District.
The club endorsement followed review of a detailed questionnaire, in-depth candidate interviews and approval at both the local and state level.