Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

The meeting site has changed — to Room 2404 in the Civic Center — which is newly equipped with video cameras.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 5:52 p.m. Minutes approved. Bills approved.

Engineering consultants project for Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay corridor improvements. $400K contract with ESI Consultants of Naperville. Approved.

Changer order for large diameter sewer rehab project. Reduces constract cost by $173K to $2.8 million. Approved.

Pre-qualification of contractors for cured-in-place pibe rehabilitation of sewer mains. Approved.

Illinois recycling grant application. Approved.

School District 65 and School District 202 rock salt sale agreements. Approved.

Motor fuel tax funds allocation for general maintenance of streets. Approved.

Liquor license for Peckish Pigg at 623 Howard St. Owner says hope to be open by Dec. 1. To be city’s first brew pub. Approved.

Liquor license for new owner of Jilly’s Cafe on Green Bay Road. Ownership change expected in mid-November. 

Liquor license for new Walgreen’s store at 635 Chicago Ave. … “Net Zero” environmentally friendly story. To open Nov. 21. Package store. Says the chain sold liquor through prohibition for “medicinal purposes.” Says new store will have a relatively small liquor section.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says the old liquor store in the Walgreens at Howard and Western was deplorable. Switching it to urgent care at that store seemed to be an improvement.

Rainey notes that the new one will be the only Walgreens in Evanston with liquor sales.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, asks about plans to upgrade the Walgreens at Green Bay and Simpson. Walgreens rep says she doesn’t know the answer to that. But says generally the company is working to upgrade and renovate its stores. 


Amend liquor code to permit limited sales by the glass. Request from Wine Goddess shop. Owner says gets bigger margin on sale by the glass than selling bottles. City attorney says the new per-glass sale option will be available to all three of the wine shops in town. Approved

Meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting will start at 7:15 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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