Evanston city officials have scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to announce what City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz describes as “increased enforcement efforts” against properties associated with violent crime and public nuisances.

Bobkiewicz says the news conference, featuring presentations by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Police Chief Richard Eddington, will include discussion of efforts by police, fire and property standards workers to clean up such properties.

Under the city’s nuisance premises ordinance, which was last revised in 2007, the city can require property owners to take a variety of steps to abate nuisances — including evicting tenants — from buildings where a felony has occurred or where two or more misdemeanors or city code violations have occurred within a six-month period.


Enumerated potential violations include liquor, drug and gambling offenses, animal control violations, weapons, noise and disorderly conduct rules as well as violations of zoning and property maintenance codes.

Failure by a property owner to follow-through with ordered corrective actions could result in fines of up to $6,000, and, in extreme cases, forfeiture of ownership of the property to the city.

Aldermen at a Human Services Committee meeting earlier this month complained about buildings that have been the scene of criminal activity — including one at 1716 Dodge Ave. where a 31-year-old woman was found dead in the yard of a suspected drug overdose on Saturday morning, Oct. 31.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Was that sarcasm?

      Was that sarcasm? This is the most milquetoast response I can even imagine.

      How about just cutting the power and cable to the nuisance houses. Just do it. Snip.

      Evanston, take back your town from these thugs. Black lives matter – and the black on black violence caused by the presence of these nuisance homes (and nuisance neighbors) is the real shame of Evanston.

      How about just arresting the loitering people on suspicion? Hold them for 24 hours?

      How about more stop and frisk? This problem is not going to go away on its own. EPD needs to "manage it out the door."

      1. What A Joke

        What a joke the only reason they're doing this is because the last shooting incident caught national media attention , and the fact it occurred in the 2nd ward.This has been going on in the 5th ward and what have they done NOTHING!!! 2 murders in the 5th ward litterally weeks apart. no media attention but locally.Poorly lit streets except around the High school . Cameras that barely work or catch grainy images. Invest the money that thy're using buying new city vehicles to improve safety conditions in the 5th ward and combat the Gun violence .Once again What A Joke !!!!

        1. Ask Alderperson

          Have you discussed some of these problems with your alderperson? Perhaps some of the problems you mentioned will remain but at least the alderperson will know  of your concerns. 

          1. Ask Alderperson
            Mij I have more luck getting hit by lightening , than having the alderperson of the 5th ward confront this issue. If it doesn’t include a photo-op.

          2. Alderperson

            The 2nd Ward alderman lives literally across the street from 1802 Lake on Darrow, and still nothing got done regarding this property until it made national news.

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