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Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor, City of Evanston

ARCHIVES 2011

DECEMBER 2011

First homes rehabbed with federal grant money ready for sale. “LiveEvanston not only helps working families purchase quality homes within their budget, it provides the support they need to ensure successful homeownership long term,” Mayor Tisdahl said.

LiveEvanston housing program lists first properties for sale. “The NSP2 project will help Evanston to retain our socioeconomic diversity, and that is tremendously important to all of us,” said Mayor Tisdahl.

People Power — Bike the Ridge. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl led the ride from Howard Street to Church Street. There were bike-related activities along the way.

Bike the Ridge on October 2. Bike the Ridge on October 2. Bicyclists rode a 2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street, a road normally closed to bicycles. The event officially began at 9:00 a.m. when Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl led riders from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street.

City officials welcome Evanston’s first distillery. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) were on hand as FEW Spirits, 918 Chicago Ave., officially opened shop. FEW Spirits' name pays homage to Evanston’s dry history. F.E.W. are the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, the noted women's suffragist and president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union headquatered in Evanston.

Evanston mayor wants tickets for small amounts of pot. “I do not want young people in Evanston who do not have access to high-powered attorneys to have arrest records for possessing less than 10 grams,” Mayor Tisdahl wrote in an email. “I want them to have jobs. A ticket and a fine will suffice.”

Evanston mayor wants people ticketed instead of jailed for small amounts of pot. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thinks anyone caught with 10 grams or less of pot does not intend to sell it, and so should only be ticketed and fined – not jailed. She recently asked the city’s legal department to draft an ordinance that loosens the penalty for anyone possessing small amounts of marijuana. Tisdahl said she wants to keep a young person’s criminal record from hindering employment.

NOVEMBER 2011

City to receive new ambulance from Northwestern. “We appreciate very much the continued support of Northwestern University for our fire and life safety department,” says Mayor Tisdahl.

Mayor Tisdahl and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel join anti-gun group. Evanston’s Mayor joins a bipartisan coalition made up of hundreds of mayors nationwide.

City, waste company at odds over proposed changes at transfer station. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl opposes Veolia Solid Waste Management’s effort to alter its permit to make changes to the Church Street site.

Eight Acts to Compete in “Evanston’s Got Talent Showcase”.The showcase and roller skating are part of City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl’s Safe Summer Initiative.

Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Bureau Receives National and State Awards for Traffic Safety and Enforcement Initiatives. Mayor Tisdahl congratulates the Evanston Police Department on a well-deserved award. “Our streets are safer because of their much appreciated work.”

OCTOBER 2011

Senator Durbin: federal stimulus program working in Evanston. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Tisdahl met with contractors employed through the Federal NSP2 program. Evanston surpassed its goal of awarding 25 percent of subcontracts to minority-owned, woman-owned, or Evanston-based businesses. Currently, 33 percent has gone to minority-owned businesses, 46 percent has gone to woman-owned businesses, and 78 percent has gone to Evanston-based businesses. "The stimulus is working," Mayor Tisdahl told Durbin.

Tisdahl lobbies for storm response legislation in Springfield. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined other northwest suburban mayors and council members Wednesday on a trip to Springfield to lobby for better storm response from electric company Commonwealth Edison.

Letters: Hold ComEd accountable. Northwest Suburban Mayors’ letter to ComEd appears in The State Journal Register in Springfield.

Mayors: Fix ComEd bill. Mayor Tisdahl joins mayors from Highland Park, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Northbrook, Park Ridge and Skokie criticizing ComEd's inadequate outage response and demanding immediate correction.

Council moves closer to township dissolution. "This proposal worries me more than any other proposal that's come before us," said Mayor Tisdahl. She also felt that attempts to pass it through the Illinois General Assembly would require extensive lobbying and time.

Evanston welcomes new Metra chief. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, several aldermen, and city staff joined rail officials in a tour of the city’s Metra stations and viaducts.

Mayor Tisdahl teaches leadership skills to NU women. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s speech at NU’s Allen Center focused on her experience as a female leader and discussed hot-topic issues like town-gown relations.

Evanston mayor proposes mellowing of pot possession penalty. "I do not want young people in Evanston who do not have access to high-powered attorneys to have arrest records for possessing less than 10 grams," Mayor Tisdahl said.

Landlords fume over ‘blacklist’ of rental property violations. Landlords fume over ‘blacklist’ of rental property violations. "The city of Evanston has enforced housing standards, specifically concerning multiple occupancy and illegal alterations to residential units, regularly through the years and will continue to do so to protect the safety of occupants and neighborhood residents," said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Council moves closer to township dissolution. "This proposal worries me more than any other proposal that's come before us," said Mayor Tisdahl. She also felt that attempts to pass it through the Illinois General Assembly would require extensive lobbying and time.

SEPTEMBER 2011

First homes rehabbed with federal grant money ready for sale. “LiveEvanston not only helps working families purchase quality homes within their budget, it provides the support they need to ensure successful homeownership long term,” Mayor Tisdahl said.

LiveEvanston housing program lists first properties for sale. “The NSP2 project will help Evanston to retain our socioeconomic diversity, and that is tremendously important to all of us,” said Mayor Tisdahl.

People Power — Bike the Ridge. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl led the ride from Howard Street to Church Street. There were bike-related activities along the way.

Bike the Ridge. Bicyclists rode a 2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street, a road normally closed to bicycles. The event officially began at 9:00 a.m. when Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl led riders from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street.

City officials welcome Evanston’s first distillery. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) were on hand as FEW Spirits, 918 Chicago Ave., officially opened shop. FEW Spirits' name pays homage to Evanston’s dry history. F.E.W. are the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, the noted women's suffragist and president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union headquatered in Evanston.

Evanston mayor wants tickets for small amounts of pot. "I do not want young people in Evanston who do not have access to high-powered attorneys to have arrest records for possessing less than 10 grams," Mayor Tisdahl said.

Evanston mayor wants people ticketed instead of jailed for small amounts of pot. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thinks anyone caught with 10 grams or less of pot does not intend to sell it, and so should only be ticketed and fined — not jailed. She recently asked the city’s legal department to draft an ordinance that loosens the penalty for anyone possessing small amounts of marijuana. Tisdahl said she wants to keep a young person’s criminal record from hindering employment.

AUGUST 2011

City to receive new ambulance from Northwestern. “We appreciate very much the continued support of Northwestern University for our fire and life safety department,” says Mayor Tisdahl.

Mayor Tisdahl and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel join anti-gun group. Evanston’s Mayor joins a bipartisan coalition made up of hundreds of mayors nationwide.

City, waste company at odds over proposed changes at transfer station. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl opposes Veolia Solid Waste Management’s effort to alter its permit to make changes to the Church Street site.

Eight Acts to Compete in “Evanston’s Got Talent Showcase”. The showcase and roller skating are part of City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl’s Safe Summer Initiative.

Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Bureau Receives National and State Awards for Traffic Safety and Enforcement Initiatives. Mayor Tisdahl congratulates the Evanston Police Department on a well-deserved award. “Our streets are safer because of their much appreciated work.”

JULY 2011

Evanston Purple Line viaducts tapped for repairs. "The city of Evanston thanks the CTA Board for its approval of this construction contract, which serves as another important step in the critical replacement of these viaducts," said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl

Evanston residents fight to keep community center. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl spoke out against proposal to sell Chandler saying the children who play at the rec center have no other place to go. The center hosts after-school sports programs and activities such as free skating that help keep kids occupied and out of trouble.

City of Evanston gets $50,000 NEA Grant. The $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will be used to develop a plan for creating a performing arts center. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says a new performing arts center would continue the transformation of the city's downtown.

Chandler to remain as rec center. Packed council chambers erupted with applause as plans are dropped to explore the sale or change of services at the city’s Chandler-Newberger Community Center. "I cannot imagine that I would ever be able to sign off on closing Chandler," Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said at a council meeting.

ComEd officials apologize for slow outage response. ComEd President and Chief Operating Officer Anne Pramaggiore and Vice President of External Affairs Michael Guerra paid a visit to Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center to apologize for slow response to outages.

Evanston Mayor meets with from ComEd representatives to discuss the company’s response to power outages. President and Chief Operating Officre of ComEd, Anne Pramaggiore apologized for the slow response to outages and pledged to Mayor Tisdahl that changes will be made to better address these outages.

JUNE 2011

Evanston alderman joins partner of 21 years in civil union. Tendam and Moglin — joined by a few close friends and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl — stood side by side as Circuit Court Associate Judge Larry Axelrood performed the ceremony.

Mayor Tisdahl: “It takes all of us to keep our children safe” The Mayor’s Safe Summer Summit drew a large crowd of concerned Evanstonians looking to collaboratively address the city’s recent problematic trend of youth violence. Mayor Tisdahl impressed that only through a truly collaborative effort could the City stop a recent trend of violence and murders. In many ways, the Mayor’s Safe Summer Summit was the City of Evanston officially saying to the local community: “We cannot tackle this problem of violence without your help.”.

Faces of Evanston-Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl Photo Presentation 2011. Two photos from the "Faces of Evanston" photography contest were chosen for permanent display in the Mayor’s office.

Faces of Evanston Finds a Home in Mayor’s Office. Kiwanis president, Jim Wolinski, presented photos of Evanston landmarks by Misti Henderson and Barbara Seyfried, to Mayor Tisdahl.

MAY 2011

Evanston mayor opposes Tilted Kilt pub. Wrestling with age-old questions of decency and morality, Evanston took up the question of appropriate community standards this week, turning down a liquor license for a racy sports bar that some residents said was more about selling sex than suds. For Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, the decision to deny Tilted Kilt's application wasn't all that difficult.

ETHS Students, Kiwanians Partner For Earth Day Cleanup. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and her family added their muscle to the clean up crew.

ETHS Students Plan Rally for Peace. The ETHS Student Chapter of the NAACP, along with high school students, staff and community members, will hold a rally for peace on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, will be one of the community leaders speaking at the event.

Evanston’s rejection of sexy sports bar reveals divide in local values. "We are proud of (our) diversity and are sensitive to anything that would stereotype or demean us," Mayor Tisdahl said, adding that nearly 2,000 residents had signed a petition opposing the opening of the pub.

Craft Beer Week in Evanston Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. "We are thrilled that Prairie Moon, a locally owned and operated restaurant, is hosting some of the events and recognize its support of the Evanston Homebrew Club as well as local and national craft brewers."

APRIL 2011

No Dim Bulbs City Wins Energy-Saving Contest; Seven Biggest Employers Will Compete Again. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl accepted an award from the Citizens Utility Board for Evanston’s being the community to save the most electricity with CUB Energy Saver..

Budget Survey Will Gauge City Priorities. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Ecology Center or Robert Crown Center are not in danger of closing. Mayor Tisdahl says "I have not discussed closing anything."

Wind Farm Committee starts exploring options. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl invites Evanston legislator State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-18th, to discuss legislation Gabel is sponsoring which seeks to create a Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Council.

Evanston Wind Farm Committee Hears About State Offshore Wind Legislation. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announces that the city is cooperating with the city of Waukegan to "remove barriers" to offshore wind on Lake Michigan.

‘Evanston Day’ in Springfield: Mayor takes concerns over revenue loss downstate. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, expressed "grave concern" over a possible loss of $2 million in revenue for the city as a result of what was described as "a State Senate Republican budget plan that seeks to make further cuts."

MARCH 2011

Braithwaite sworn in as new alderman. Mayor Tisdahl administers the oath of office to Braithwaite, whom she selected to fill the more than two years on Jean-Baptiste's seat.

City Says Goodbye, Good Luck to Ald. Jean-Baptiste. Mayor Tisdahl thanks Jean-Baptiste for his commitment to community and wishes him the best in his new position as circuit judge.

Evanston Awarded 21,650 CFLs in the Battle for Biggest Home Energy Savings. The winning teams in the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) "Big 7 Savers Challenge" get special recognition from Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Evanston Kicks Off Energy Saving Competition. "We came in first so we’re very proud but that’s nothing compared to what we’re going to do. We’re going to do much better," said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

‘Big 7’ challenged to save energy. "We continue to make implementation of the Evanston Climate Action Plan a strategic priority with the goal of reducing the city’s carbon footprint," Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said.

Kiwanis Club of Evanston Celebrates 90 Year Anniversary. The winning teams in the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) "Big 7 Savers Challenge" get special recognition from Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Celebrations Highlight Quarter-Century of Jewish Change at Northwestern. Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, regional director of Lubavitch-Chabad of Illinois, delivered the gala’s opening remarks, followed by greetings from both Northwestern Dean of Students Burgwell Howard and Evanston, Ill., Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

FEBRUARY 2011



Download a PDF of Mayor Tisdahl’s 2011 State of the City Address

Tisdahl voices optimism in State of the City address. Mayor highlights progress on city deficit, town-gown relations in her second annual speech.

Mayor Tisdahl Delivers Second Annual State of the City Address. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisadhl spoke on the good, the bad and the future at Friday’s State of the City Address.

Students take cues from veteran readers. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, as guest reader, provides students at Bessie Rhodes Magnet School with a role model. She not only spearheads the City of Evanston but she also carves out spare time to read.

Evanston leaders prepare for Springfield trip. Born out of an initiative by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, "Evanston Day" in Springfield, brings the priorities of Evanston residents and NU students to state officials and legislators.

Suburbs hopeful that Emanuel follows Daley's lead. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl believes Emanuel will help Evanston quest to renovate the CTA’s Purple Line.

Mayor’s Award for the Arts winners announced.City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Award for the Arts: Evanston Children’s Choir and television personality Bill Campbell.

Mayor Tisdahl: Evanston in strong shape, working on problems. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl names Evanston's citizen-volunteers and the strength of the city’s institutions as two of the assets the city is calling on facing tough economic times.

Mayor: City in ‘balancing act’ handling tough economic times. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said the city has many assets to help it through a difficult economic climate.

Evanston aldermen seek greater accountability on homeless funding. Mayor Tishdahl, Alderman Jean-Baptiste and others meet with Paul Selden, executive director of Connections for the Homeless.

Letter from the Mayor: City has no intention to burden students. "The City’s enforcement strategy to ensure community safety does not include the eviction of occupants," says Mayor Tisdahl.

City of Evanston Continues to Address Rental Standards & Requirements. The City has no plan to change its enforcement strategy today or in the future. There has been discussion in the press that on July 1, 2011 the City will change this strategy. This statement is incorrect.

Evanston officials: progress good, but still more work to do clearing snow. "The City’s enforcement strategy to ensure community safety does not include the eviction of occupants," says Mayor Tisdahl.

Two Evanston el stations in CTA’s crosshairs. Evanston officials are urging transit users to attend a special "public scoping" meeting the Chicago Transit Authority is holding locally Thursday on future alternatives for Purple Line service, saying participation could be key to heading off any cutbacks.

JANUARY 2011

State lawmakers defend tax-hike vote. Mayor Tisdahl urges state representatives to pass legislation to increase the personal income tax rate and help balance the budget.

Mayor sends tax-hike message to Springfield. Tisdahl says the is necessary "if the state is going to get out of the hole it is in currently."

Celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. At Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Mayor Tisdahl shares the podium with Tavis Smiley, asking how we can follow in Dr. King’s footsteps.

Unity on Display, Volunteer Website Launched at MLK Day Event. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announces the launch of "Volunteer Evanston" software used to connect local nonprofit organizations with potential volunteers.

State law gives Evanston officials more time to pay pension debt. After lobbying for pension reform in Springfield last year, Evanston’s Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl sees results.

Evanston studying value of buying electricity in co-op. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and a group of local officials attended a presentation concerning a new system that may give users more power over use and spending.

Evanston wants company to reconsider store closure. Mayor Tisdahl requests they rebrand A.J.Wright at Evanston Plaza into a HomeGoods store.

Mayor Tisdahl asks chain to rethink store closing. City is prepared to offer financial incentives.

Community groups celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and work with a Community Peace Pledge Day on Jan. 17. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will attend and discuss the Volunteer Evanston service-based website that will launch in February.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl official photo

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl official portrait.
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Memorable Moments

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdalh meets in Washington, DC on Health Care Project. The Mayor discussed community health centers with Senator Dick Durbin and the CEO of Erie Family Health Center, Dr. Lee Francis.
Photo Credit: Senator Durbin

 

City honors police officers, citizens as Evanston resident Genesis Gomez receives an honorable mention award from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and police Chief Richard Eddington.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Bullington/TribLocal

 

Mayor Tisdahl Delivers Second Annual State of the City Address where she spoke on the good, the bad and the future at Friday's State of the City Address.
Photo Credit: Evanston Patch

 

Senator Dick Durbin joins Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, center, and Ald. Ann Rainey, 8th, for a tour Friday morning of a south Evanston neighborhood targed for federal stimulus dollars. Evanston’s use of federal stimulus dollars to rehabilitate vacant and foreclosed properties is a prime example of the program’s success, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Photo Credit: Jonathon Bullington - TribLocal

 

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented Ald. Jean-Baptiste with a plaque during his final city council meeting. Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2nd Ward) said his final farewell to the Evanston City Council Monday evening, after serving for 10 years.
Photo Credit: Jessica Rudis

 

With his family by his side, Evanston’s new 2nd Ward alderman, Peter Braithwaite takes the oath of office as from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and former 2nd Ward Ald. Lionel Jean-Baptiste.
Photo Credit: Jonathon Bullington - TribLocal

 

Unity is a big part of what makes a community work. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has participated in the CommUNITY picnic since she was an alderman.

 

<Gathering at the 90th anniversary party for the Kiwanis Club of Evanston were several individuals who have made service to community part of their daily lives. Seated Louise Willis, widow of longtime member 'Oz' Willis, Bob Heiberger, a former club president. Back row, Brett Larson of Romano Brothers, Patricia Vance, Evanston Township Supervisor, Dave Davenport, representing Romano Brothers, a sponsor of the event and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl of Evanston.

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