Wilmette: Only good ash is a dead ash

Officials in Wilmette have vowed to destroy all 2,900 ash trees on public property there over the next six years as a way of combatting the spread of the emerald ash borer beetle. But the Chicago Tribune reports that Evanston, which has about 4,000 public ash trees, has decided to take a more measured approach.

Whither the Civic Center?

With Evanston's aldermen scheduled to discuss plans for the Civic Center again Jan. 10, the Chicago Tribune reports this morning that the Friends of the Civic Center have gathered "dozens" of petition signatures calling for a referendum urging that the city rehab the existing building rather than move.

Recycle your Christmas tree

The City of Evanston will collect Christmas trees for recycling during January.All trees should be placed on the parkway, the grassy area between the sidewalk and curb in front of your house. They will not be collected from alleys or private property. Trees will be picked up on the same day of the week that refuse and recycling collections occur in your neighborhood during the weeks of Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. During the week of Jan.