The Evanston Fire Explorer program received a $5,300 grant this week from the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation to purchase safety equipment.

The program helps young adults between 14 and 20 to become familiar with career opportunities in the fire service.

The program director, Evanston firefighter/paramedic Megan Kamarchevakul, said the funds “will allow the students to fully participate in realistic fire scenarios such as auto extrication and forcible entry.”

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 3:37pm

A lawnmower left unattended in the yard of a home in the 1700 block of Grey Avenue was stolen yesterday. Also, three bicycles were stolen and four reports of graffiti were received. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 3:19pm

One of the theories behind the inclusionary housing ordinance that aldermen sent to a subcommittee this week for revamping is that housing costs in Evanston have increasingly tended to exclude people who aren't rich.

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 11:45am

Evanston aldermen offered ideas about what they think draws people to Evanston as part of a visioning exercise at a special council meeting Tuesday night.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said, “Many people come because it’s a progressive -- I don’t want to say liberal -- community. It’s not just local politics, but an overall attitude of progressiveness and tolerance.”

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 9:51am

Registration is open for fall classes at the Actors Gymnasium, the circus and performing arts school in Evanston.

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 9:27am

Evanston now has a new bike plan that envisions protected bike lanes and other improvements along more than a dozen city roadways -- but in approving the plan this week several aldermen made it clear that they have deep reservations about it.

Post date: July 31, 2014 - 6:27am

Omar Brown, vice president of human resources for the Chicago Transit Authority, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board, replacing Eileen Budde, who resigned last month.

Board President Tracy Quattrocki, who announced the pick late Wednesday, said, "we are very excited to have Mr. Brown join us and look forward to working with him."

Post date: July 30, 2014 - 10:47pm

Take a parking space on a busy urban street and convert it to a small park, and what do you have? A parklet.  And now Evanston has one, in front of the Hewn Bakery at 810 Dempster St.

Post date: July 30, 2014 - 4:07pm

A robber grabbed his victim's arm and took a cell phone on the sidewalk near Ridge Avenue and Dobson Street. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: July 30, 2014 - 3:03pm

Analysis: Evanston aldermen this week signed themselves up for what may well turn out to be an impossible task -- trying to make housing affordable in the city.

Housing advocates argue that people should not have to spend more than roughly a third of their income on housing -- that above that level housing expenses start to crowd out other spending that's important to living a decent life.

Post date: July 30, 2014 - 11:54am