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Youth crime prevention efforts questioned

Several aldermen at Saturday’s budget workshop questioned the effectiveness of the Evanston Police Department’s efforts to combat youth crime and delinquency. Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, said that of the 162 officers in the department, 19 are dedicated to youth and juvenile services. “I’d like some further clarification as to what those people are doing, […]

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Parkway tree cost-sharing plan wilts

City Manager Julia Carroll’s plan to start charging residents for half the cost of new parkway trees in front of their homes came under withering criticism from aldermen Saturday. Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said the plan would place an undue burden on homeowners and that the cost of parkway trees should be shared by […]

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City slices fleet spending

One of the biggest cuts in Evanston’s proposed budget is a 15 percent reduction in the fleet services fund — the pool of money used to buy, fuel and repair city-owned cars and trucks. Pat Casey, the city’s management services director, is taking over the fleet services job from the facilities management department, which is […]

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Recycling fee hike hit

City Manager Julia Carroll’s plan to increase the recycling fee by a third to $5 a month and relabel it a sanitation charge came under fire at Saturday’s City Council budget workshop. “This is nonsense,” Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said. “You don’t charge people $2 more a month and call it an incentive to […]

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Last chance for book sale

This is the last day for the “book sale extravaganza” at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.   This is the last day for the “book sale extravaganza” at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.    A patron loads up on books at the library sale Saturday. (Allison Williams photo) The sale runs […]

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Evanston workers rebound from job cuts

Evanston lost 6 percent of its private sector jobs last year, the biggest drop for any north suburban Cook County community. The numbers, contained in a report from the state Department of Employment Security, were distributed at an Evanston Economic Development Committee meeting last week. The jobs report, though only recently released, compares the number […]