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The City of Evanston plans to sound its emergency sirens, if the Chicago Cubs are victorious in tonight’s Game 7 of the World Series.

City officials say the sirens will sound for about 90 seconds.

Just a word to the wise to try to reduce the number of panicked calls to 9-1-1.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sirens
    To repeat a quote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”; A really bad idea to sound the sirens for a sporting event. It didn’t work for Chicago in 1959 and I believe we experienced the same thing some years ago; Bulls? Hawks? Anyway it was a shambles of people not knowing what was happening, complaining that they and / or there infants were awakened, etc.

  2. Don’t be alarmed…

    Maybe the sirens will drown out the sound of celebratory shots being fired, while Wilmette receives the panicked calls to 9-1-1.

    1. Wondering why…

      Why celebrate the Cubs? Were sirens sounded after other Chicago teams won championships?

      Is this proper use of emergency systems?

  3. Questionable intelligence and

    Questionable intelligence and integrity surround this activity.  The sirens have a defined meaning, and sports winning is not part of that meaning.  Who made the decision?  That may help in finding someone to lay off with the budget issues under discussion.

  4. Emergency Sirens

    Just wondering if this ill-advised use of the emergency sirens was actually enacted. I didn't hear them. Did anyone else?

    1. Sirens
      Some people heard them. Others, including me, did not.

      City manager says only a few people called 911 to complain.

      — Bill

      1. I Heard Them

        I did not agree with the city setting off the siren and it was irresponsible but it is not the first time the mayor and the council have been irresponsible. This time it didn't cost the taxpayers, so I'll give them a pass.

  5. Sirens woke me up

    I did not appreciate being woken up by the sirens sounding well after most adults and childrens' bedtimes. Believe it or not, people do go to work early in the morning and, no, not everyone is awake watching the Cubs, historic game or not. I am curious about the amount of lost producitivty around the Chicagoland area today as a result of all the "celebration."

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