Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, in her State of the City message today, said major crime dropped 13.4 percent in 2009 compared to the year before.

The mayor also said that the only murder during the year helped spark the city’s drive to win an $18 million federal grant to rehabilitate foreclosed homes in the city.

With Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro sitting in the audience, the mayor said 2009 also marked the establishment of a new model of town-gown relations. With Schapiro’s arrival at the university, she said, a new era of good will has been established on both sides.

The mayor said she and the City Council have had to make tough decisions to bring the city’s budget into balance, and, addressing a roomful of business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event at the Hotel Orrington, she praised the caliber of the employees the city has had to laid off and encouraged any businesses that may be hiring to offer them jobs.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Crime might be down but it doesn’t feel like it
    A murder led to the $18 million stimulus grant?

    It seems like Tisdahl, Shakowsky, Burris, Davis and Durbin keep patting themselves on the back for getting $18 million stimulus money for more affordable housing.

    What Tisdahl failed to tell the audience is that five affordable housing projects have recently failed and the city is going to have to bail them out.

    I’m sure Brinshore Development that Evanston picked as a partner to apply for the stimulus grant helped in landing the money. If you Google David Brint, a principal of Brinshore, you might get a better picture of what I’m talking about. Let’s say Brint has some good connections.

    I’m glad to read that crime is down. However, there is a serial burglar hitting homes in Northwest Evanston. The MO is the burglar breaks in the home in the middle of the night while the homeowners are there and looks around for car keys and other goodies. In the past six months, there have been at least a half dozen homes hit where the owners woke up and found their home broken into and car gone. The burglar(s) don’t always break in the middle of the night, a copule of times it’s been during the day.

    Earlier this week, the burglar(s) hit again, this time in the 2200 block of Grant, on the backlot. The burglar broke in at 3 a.m. while the owners WERE AWAKE upstairs and stole a purse with keys and made off with the owner’s Audi S4.

    If the police don’t stop this ASAP, an owner is going to walk in on the burglar and then…

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