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Evanston Township High School officials say that in light of the recent incidents in the Church Street area, they’ve decided to shift the homecoming football game from Friday night, Oct. 5, to Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6.

Kick off will be at 1:30 p.m. The officials say hey hope the daytime event will provide a safer commuting experience for students and fans attending the game. No other changes to Friday night games are anticipated.

In addition, the Homecoming Dance, scheduled for Saturday night, will begin one hour earlier at 7 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m.

The Wildkits will face Maine South Hawks in the homecoming game at Lazier Field. The Homecoming half time show will include the ETHS marching band, PomKits, and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.

Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for adults.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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7 Comments

  1. Good move

    Good move on the school's part. There is no reason to have these kids walking around at 10:30 p.m. after a game. Only bad things can happen.

  2. On the other hand…

    On the other hand, bowing to the culture of fear plays right into the hands of the gangs.  If we are afraid to use our streets in the evening, leaving them empty after 10pm, that only provides opportunities for gangs to take over.

    1. Line between prudent caution and letting fear rule

      I agree with you.  If you should stay home at 10pm, then why not stay home 24/7?  People are killed and injured by violence during the day as well as night.  We are not going to live in bunkers. 

  3. Church Street at night

    While we are considering safety on Evanston streets, why are there no street lights along Church Street just west of Mason Park? Next time you drive past, notice how dark it is!  It  would be safer for everyone walking on this major route to/from ETHS to have a well-lit route every step of the way, especially in winter when walks are icy.

  4. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’ — FDR

    It appears to me that our local leadership can't and never will get a handle on the violence, drugs, guns around ETHS and protect the law abiding tax paying citizens of Evanston.

    This is a very bad sign that is being sent to what Evanston residents should consider "terrorists" living in the area that surrounds ETHS.  It now appears that our elected officials, school adminiistration and police have capitulated.

    Evanston Gang Terrorists – 1, Evanston Citizens – 0

    Have they won? Probably. Does the Evanston bleeding heart society have what it takes to take back the streets around ETHS? I doubt it.

  5. Evanston lighting

    I can't remember Evanston ever being well lit.  The only areas where the lighting is good is the downtown area where Northwestern University is and the location inside ETHS.  You can tell the difference coming in from Chicago to Evanston because it immediately gets dark after you cross over Howard street.

    I have friends that come in from Chicago and they question why it's so dark here. I can't answer the question though. Time should be changing over soon and again the school children who stay in school a little later will have to deal with this change.

    We pay a pretty good penny for taxes already.  Upping the watts a little bit shouldn't hurt. I don't think that will make a difference on what happens criminally though. People are going to do what they want to no matter what time of the day or night it is.

  6. Dark streets

    The streets, at least in the residential areas in Evanston, are not brightly lit (reletively) because people, including myself do not want them brightly lit. I've lived here most of my life, and whenever there is a suggestion of more lights…people flip! That being said, city planners are obviously trying to make Church street more of a thouroughfare to and from downtown, with the repaving and dedicated bike route… They may want to consider increased lighting, though the residents along the route (from Dodge to Ridge) may not be too supportive (see above).

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