Sunday, September 9, 2012
Members of the city council will vote on ordinances to secure a 2% raise for aldermen, the mayor, the city clerk, township assessor and township supervisor.
Evanston's city council is expected to vote Monday on ordinances that would give aldermen, the mayor, the city clerk and township officials a 2 percent raise every year for the next four years. A compensation committee, appointed by the mayor, recommended that the city council pass the 2 percent pay raise for all elected officials at a meeting July 25. The enabling legislation appears on the agenda for the city council's regular meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at the Civic Center. Currently, aldermen are eligible for a salary of $12,000, plus medical benefits. The ordinances would increase that sum to $12,990 by 2016. The mayor is eligible for a salary of $19,000, plus benefits; hers would increase to $20,566 each by 2016. The city clerk's …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Forty-two Illinois mayors, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, signed a letter calling for Congress to come together on a debt ceiling deal.
A group of 42 Illinois mayors, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, want Washington to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling. In a group letter, the mayors called on Illinois' Congressional delegation and President Obama to come together on a deal. They said the U.S. defaulting on its debts, as it will do Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn't raised, would cause "grave damage" to Illinois cities. Congress has raised the debt ceiling 10 times over the last decade, according to the National Journal. In part, the mayors' letter reads: Our businesses depend on us to provide infrastructure to allow them to move their goods and services. However, we cannot provide all of these on our own; we rely on federal programs such as the Community …
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Fed up with a recent streak of murders of Evanston's young, black men, MOMS: Saving Our Sons organized a peace rally to put the necessary issues on the table.
A “Community Peace Rally” Saturday afternoon was part activism, part memorial and resounding throughout with a message: the violence in our community must end. About 70 Evanston residents, most all from the city’s black community, gathered in Twiggs Park, near the intersection of Dodge Avenue and Simpson Street, to begin the four block march towards Evanston Township High School, where the day’s rally was held. The procession coursed them through the Fifth Ward community where many of them lived, and only blocks away from spots where some of their family members had been slain. The day’s events were sponsored by MOMS: Saving Our Sons, a group co-founded by Evanston residents Cathy Key and Wendy Weaver, shortly after Key lost her son to …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The mayor and two aldermen discussed university/city relations with Northwestern students Wednesday.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, and 7th Ward Alderman Jane Grover told Northwestern University students Wednesday evening that the so-called "brothel law" does not exist in Evanston. The government representatives spoke at an Associate Student Government meeting Wednesday at the school. They answered questions regarding student/resident relations and touched on a few other topics. Mayor Tisdahl began the meeting by dispelling any concerns surrounding the “brothel law.” In January, a Northwestern student newspaper reported that the city of Evanston vowed to enforce an ordinance that limited apartment housing to three or fewer unrelated students. However, the mayor Wednesday told students that this ordinance is…
Monday, September 27, 2010
The street will be closed to all vehicles from Howard to Church Streets from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ridge Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic Sunday for the annual Bike the Ridge bike ride. The non-competitive ride encourages bikers to ride on Ridge Avenue, and bikers can ride alongside Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl as she departs from the intersection of Ridge and Howard at 9 a.m. The ride will go from 9 a.m. to noon, but cars will not be allowed on the road from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., so plan accordingly.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Mash Up! event will bring together community and business leaders.
Former US senator and ambassador Carol Moseley Braun will speak to business leaders in Evanston Wednesday evening at the Chamber of Commerce's Mash Up! event. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and a member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, Sona Wang, will also participate. Organizers say that Mash Up! was created out of a need to bring together members of the local business community to help each other succeed. About 20 Evanston businesses are sponsoring the event, which will cost $125 per person. "We need to communicate with one another on an on-going basis. The Mash Up! is a first step in bringing businesses together for meaningful dialogue. As a group we need to shape, inform and define what we believe the business …
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl retells the history of health in Evanston and says the city must find a solution to cuts in funding.
In 2007, the city reduced funding to a majority of medical services offered by the Evanston Health Department. Since then, there has been an increase in sexually transmitted infections, particularly in young women as well as a spike in non-emergency room visits. Girls of age 15 to 19 had the highest number of reported new cases of infections in 2008, followed immediately by those ages 20 to 24, according to the [U.S.] Centers for Disease Control's annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, the overuse of ER services for general health care compromises an already strained ER staff and delays care for those who are severely injured or ill. We as a community have a responsibility to work together collectively to find …