The committee charged with recommending a new pay scale for Evanston's elected officials moved today toward calling for a 54 percent pay hike for aldermen over the next four years.

Data presented by city staff showed how the cash compensation for aldermen has risen from $2,250 in 1977 to $12,990 this year. Plotted against changes in the consumer price index over that time, it shows that aldermen now take home 47 percent more on an inflation-adjusted basis than they did four decades ago.

Post date: May 3, 2016 - 1:27pm

A plan from city staff that would have let neighbors veto any resident's plan to keep bees was rejected by Evanston's Human Services Committee Monday night.

Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas-Smith had come up with the proposed ordinance after aldermen asked for some response to complaints from a resident allergic to bee stings about a hive in her neighbor's yard.

But Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, said the requirement to have approval from all abutters before a beekeeping license could be issued went too far.

Post date: May 3, 2016 - 9:30am

Evanston aldermen were told Monday that while the city's dog beach has been swallowed up by Lake Michigan and other beaches have shrunk, it's all the result of long-term fluctuations in lake levels -- and there's little to do about it except wait for those levels to drop.

Post date: May 3, 2016 - 6:32am

“We live in a complex world with a lot of problems, obviously,” said Lawrie Bloom, Civitas Ensemble clarinetist, “and people are looking for a connection. Chamber music gives connection on a very deep level with everyone in the room. That’s a wonderful experience in today’s world.”

Post date: May 2, 2016 - 7:53pm

A person was cut during an armed robbery early yesterday morning on Howard Street. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: May 2, 2016 - 4:29pm

Evanston police on patrol late Sunday night noticed an occupied parked car in the 1100 block of Dewey Avenue that they say had an oddor of cannabis emanating from it.

Post date: May 2, 2016 - 2:02pm

Emory Williams, long-time teacher at Evanston Township High School and former chair of the Oakton Community College Board of Trustees, has died.

Williams, 91, worked from 1967 to 1994 at ETHS, including as head of the school's vocational education programs, and then served on the OCC board from 2003 to 2009. He died on Monday, April 25.

Post date: May 2, 2016 - 11:34am

Evanston city staff will ask aldermen on the Human Services Committee tonight for direction on options for making the city more hospitable to food trucks.

The committee meeting follows a workshop session staff held last month to gather ideas from business district groups, restaurants, and food trucks owners.

Post date: May 2, 2016 - 6:34am

Baseball tradition says that pitchers aren’t supposed to think about it when they get close to a no-hit performance.

But Matt Anderson knew he had the chance to be perfect Saturday. And the Evanston junior took advantage of that opportunity in only the second start of his varsity career.

Anderson pitched a 5-inning perfect game as the Wildkits whipped Maine East 13-0 in a Central Suburban League crossover contest played in the rain in Park Ridge.

Post date: May 1, 2016 - 2:15pm

Evanston police are seeking more information about an incident Saturday afternoon in which a man tried to lure a child into his car near the intersection of Main Street and Michigan Avenue.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the child, a 12-year-old-girl, was walking in the 200 block of Main about 1:40 p.m. Saturday when a man in a white sports utility vehicle pulled up and asked her about the location of a coffee shop in the area.

Post date: May 1, 2016 - 6:30am