Evanston officials told aldermen this week that they’re making substantial progress in addressing issues at 11 nuisance properties they identified at a news conference last month.

Police Chief Richard Eddington said he’s received “outstanding cooperation” from the landlord at one of the properties, that code violations at several others have been corrected and that tenants who had been causing problems at others have either been incarcerated or evicted.

Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar added that good progress was also being made at the two properties he reported on. 


He said officials had made progress in developing possible revisions to the city’s nuisance properties ordinance, including through a recent meeting with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Shriver Center on poverty law.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said staff would have draft revisions to the ordinance ready for discussion at the City Council’s Jan. 19 meeting.

The crackdown was announced Nov. 16 after a series of incidents — including an on-street shootout and a woman found dead of a suspected drug overdose in the yard of a home — sparked neighborhood concernes.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Wow, that was quick!

    This is wonderful news. A bit surprised however, only 1 month later that most all issues have been corrected. It's a little hard to believe and if so easily rectified, why not sooner? I would like to see details of the code violations that have been corrected and names or mug shots of tenants who had been causing problems that have been incarcerated as per the article.

    1. Quick
      How about you give the powers that be a call and find out what’s involved in this process if you find it so hard to believe? I’m sure it’s very tedious and time consuming and guess what, they probably have to make sure everything is legal and above board don’t you think? People want everything done in ten minutes. That’s not how it works ladies and gentleman. I look at this as fantastic progress, and it demonstrates that team work and cooperation with all parties involved led to the successes so far. Keep up the good work.

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