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Evanston city officials at a news conference this afternoon released a list of 11 properties that they say are chronic problems in the community and which will be the target of enforcement actions under the city’s nuisance premises ordinance.

Evanston city officials at a news conference this afternoon released a list of 11 properties that they say are chronic problems in the community and which will be the target of enforcement actions under the city’s nuisance premises ordinance.

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The properties are mostly in the city’s 5th Ward. Here’s a map showing their locations. Click on any of the push pins for more details.

City Attorney Grant Farrar said the enforcement efforts will start later this week with inspections of the properties by a team of inspectors including police, fire, health and property standards employees.

Grant Farrar.

Farrar said any violations found will be taken to Skokie District Court for adjudication.

Farrar, who was unable to immediately offer details on the success of past enforcement efforts under the city’s nuisance premises ordinance, last revised in 2007, said he’s planning to bring a set of amendments to strengthen ordinance to the City Council for consideration, probably in January.

Police Chief Richard Eddington said the handful of properties identified today have consumed a huge amount of police resources. He said landlords have to do a better job of screening their tenants, and will face consequences if they don’t.

The mayor said that the new enforcement effort was a key strategy to reduce violence in the city, but that it didn’t mean the city would cut back on other efforts to provide jobs for young people and provide a range of social services to address community problems.

One of the properties on today’s list, 1802 Lake St., was the scene of two arrests last Wednesday after a shots-fired incident nearby.

Another, 1716 Doge Ave., was the location where a young woman’s body was found in the yard on Oct. 31, the victim of an apparent drug overdose.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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