The City of Evanston has declared a snow emergency today, which probably shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve looked out the window.

Under the snow emergency rules, parking is prohibited on the odd-numbered sides of residential streets between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to allow snow plows to clean that side of the street. Even-numbered sides of residential streets will be cleaned on Saturday. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.

A snow route parking ban will be in effect beginning at 11 p.m. today, continuing through 6 a.m. Saturday. During that time period, parking is prohibited on all snow routes. These are the major streets in town and are marked with snow route signs. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.

Evanston Township High School has delayed the opening of school today until 9:40 a.m., but District 65 reports no school closings.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston awful about clearing streets
    You would expect that a city with high property taxes like Evanston would have an efficient snow removal system. As usual, yesterday’s and today’s streets, particularly high-traffic roads like Ridge, were full of dangerous slush. Why is it so difficult to get streets plowed in Evanston? Money is not an issue. Plenty of resources are alloted to parking enforcement vehicles. Why does the city go out of its way to give residents tickets, yet does not go out of its way to clear the streets? Talk about priorities! If Evanston really cared about its residents, it would improve its snow removal system so that less accidents happen. This is ridiculous and inexcusable.

    1. The answer to this
      The answer to this perplexity is obvious. Like all parasites, bureaucracies exist to enrich and perpetuate themselves. So of course the emphasis in Evanston, as most everywhere else in the Land of the Brave, is to extract as much money as possible out of the host by whatever means available.

      Useful services for the taxpaying public? You’ve got to be kidding! How will merit raises, pensions and benefits be funded for the underperforming public employees?

      The obscenely expensive public “education” bureaucracy serves an important role in this ongoing fraud. The gullible McCitizens’ children are being brainwashed in their civics and history classes, using their parents’ and strangers’ money, into believing that all these strong-arm activities are really for their and our own good.

  2. No district 65 School closings…Ever!
    I go to Nichols middle school, and for the last couple of years we have had quite a bit of snow and cold weather. For example, last year, I walked to school (bundled up) in -30 below windchill. Isn’t school supposed to be cancelled in that? Today, it’s -25 and I hope I get frostbite so i can make my point: Kids can’t walk a mile to school in -30!

    1. Give me a break!! If you
      Give me a break!! If you dress appropriately, you will be fine and it was not -30 today! I walked outside for a mile today with sweatshirt, winter jacket, scarf, boots, warm pants and mittens and I was not cold. a snow day just causes you to make the day up in June and I think everyone would much rather be at the beach in June than spend a day at school. The schools are much warmer than many people’s houses today and that is where a lot of students get their breakfasts and lunches not to mention daycare for many of the younger students.

    2. Dear D65 Student, I can’t agree with you on this one
      No, unless a school’s furnace is broken, there is no reason to cancel school in Evanston.

      If you truly live a mile from school, District 65 will bus you to your school. If you prefer not to ride the bus, that’s your or your parents’ choice, so bundle up or get a ride from a parent or neighbor.

      As you grow up, you’ll find that there are many challenges in getting where you need to go when it’s very cold. In college, you may need to walk long distances from one classroom building to another. In the working world, you may need to walk to or from the train station or bus stop or dig your car out of a huge snow pile.

      To be a success in college or in the working world, you’ll need to learn some life skills, including how to get out the door when conditions are not ideal and get where you need to be. Living in this area of the country, you can’t expect to stay home just because the temperature is below zero.

  3. Where is all the money going?
    I use to live in Evanston for 12 years and
    the reason I moved was because of the high property taxes and how they don’t clean their streets and how quick they are to give you a ticket. Where is all that money going? It is time that the citizens of Evanston find out because they sure are not
    using it to better Evanston.

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