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Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor, City of Evanston


December 2012

mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor issues statement on violence.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl issued a statement this evening decrying recent violence in the city and saying the incidents are being vigorously investigated by the police.

Mayor Calls Shootings 'Unacceptable,' Asks For Participation in Gun Buyback. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl released a public statement after the shooting of Javar Bamberg, 23, on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Bamberg's shooting is the third shooting and second death in two weeks.

Glasses raised for ribbon cutting at Howard wine bar.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey and bar owners Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer for the ceremonial slicing of the ribbon in the Ward Eight bar at 629 Howard. The enterprise received financial aid from the city of Evanstonn as part of an effort to revive the Howard Street commercial strip.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor at Shooting Victim’s Funeral: “Let Us Have Peace On the Streets”
Speaking at the funeral of a 19-year-old Evanston man who died in a shooting, just a few hours after another Evanston man was shot and critically injured, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl described the situation as “a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” and called for an end to violence.

Evanston confronts another shooting death. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Alderman Delores Holmes, along with some city staff members wore grim looks Friday as they walked the 1800 block of Brown, where 19-year-old Justin Murray was shot the night before.

November 2012

Evanston plans gun buyback. The death of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School student, Dajae Coleman, sparked outrage and triggered a community forum to collectively brainstorm ways to address youth violence, said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Evanston kicks off holiday season with tree lighting.
Fire trucks, a flash mob and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus were all a part of the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting ceremony. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Santa Claus then led the tree lighting.

Tisdahl reverses approval of 7-Eleven liquor license.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl reversed approval of a 7-Eleven franchisee’s liquor license application Thursday after reported community backlash over the new class of licenses needed for the convenience store to sell alcohol.

Donations sought for holiday food and toy drive. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and several community groups are holding a holiday food and toy drive with drop-off locaions available at several city buildings.


City Shares Ideas From Anti-Violence Meeting.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl hosted a community meeting in early October to discuss ways to promote nonviolence following the shooting death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman. Some 400 people packed the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center for the public discussion that night, meeting in small groups to share their ideas, then reporting back to everyone.

Food beat: A toast to Tag's
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl proclaimed October 22, 2012 “Tag's Bakery Day” in Evanston. The proclaimation honored the family-owned establishment on its 75th year on Central Street. Tisdahl, known for her cookie diplomacy with Northwestern University's president, was on the receiving end at the City Council meeing, getting a box of Tag's Florentines in thanks for the proclamation.

Community Health Center Opens in Evanston. Local officials, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, held a ribbon cutting for a new community health center in Evanston Monday.Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and NorthShore University Health System, the Erie Family Health Center will serve Evanston and Skokie residents.

Downtown wedding boutique opens
Avail & Company, 1106 Davis St., hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening Wednesday night. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who wielded the giant scissors at the ribbon-cutting event, said she was pleased with the addition of the bridal business. “We are so glad you decided to choose Evanston,” Tisdahl said during the opening ceremony. “This officially makes Evanston a wedding destination.”

Skokie shows off fire tower it's to share with Evanston.
Officials from Skokie and Evanston gathered this afternoon to talk up an agreement between the two towns that will give Evanston regular access to Skokie's fire training tower in return for funding from Evanston for improvements to the structure.

Northwestern, Evanston assess off-campus lighting. Representatives from Northwestern's administration, Associated Student Government, University Police and Evanston evaluated lighting surrounding the western edge of campus in an annual Off-Campus Light Walk, a day after a tour to assess on-campus lighting. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) participated, while Betsi Burns, assistant dean of students for NU, and NU Police Officer Frank Walsh represented the University.

Community of Evanston comes together to stop youth violence.
Mayor Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl gathered the city's residents this past Tuesday for a meeting to discuss ways to keep the city safe and to put an end to youth violence. Mayor Tisdahl stated in an interview with ABC 7 news that the city's residents "are very concerned for all of the children" and "we are determined to make this community safe." At the event, residents offered solutions by having small group interaction. One of the main goals discussed was to keep the guns off the streets. Another solution involved more jobs for teenagers.

Teen's killing spurs youth violence forum in Evanston.
In the aftermath of the shooting death of an Evanston teenager earlier this month, several hundred concerned community members gathered Tuesday night to revisit a difficult issue: Youth violence. When tragedies occur in a community, we all change,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “The question is: Are we going to change for the better or the worse? But we will change as a result of this death.”

Evanston WestEnd organizes tour for National Manufacturing Day. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says Evanston police and other law enforcement agencies involved "did a marvelous job" investigating the murder of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman. The mayor, speaking at a news conference announcing the arrest of 20-year-old Wesley Woodson on murder charges in the case, also voiced sympathy for the Coleman family.


Evanston Now Viewpoint: Don't cut pension funding. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and three Evanston aldermen deserve praise for an actuarial report that would let the city trim its payment to the fire and police pension funds next year by about $700,000 -- from $14.9 million to $14.2 million. The mayor said she wants see the pension funding level increase -- to at least 50 percent -- within the next few years. Tisdahl said.

Mayor: 'We Must Work to Get Guns Off the Street"
From Mayor Tisdahl: This past week has been a difficult one for all of us in Evanston. Dajae’s killing shocked his friends, family and our entire community. Dajae was doing everything right with his life; his successes showed a promise we hope for all young men and women in Evanston. However, this bright promise for all Evanston youth remains endangered by senseless acts of violence and easy access to guns. We have too many guns in this community. We must work to get guns off the street through buy-back programs and other means until local jurisdictions have the authority to enact real gun control legislation. We know what it takes to engage youth in meaningful activities, but we must do more of it and we need more Evanston residents and businesses partnering with us.

Mayor: Police did 'marvelous job' Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says Evanston police and other law enforcement agencies involved "did a marvelous job" investigating the murder of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman. The mayor, speaking at a news conference announcing the arrest of 20-year-old Wesley Woodson on murder charges in the case, also voiced sympathy for the Coleman family.

Evanston aldermen consider $50,000 grant for tech incubator. During discussion of allocating grant funds to TIC, chairman Charles Happ stood before the council to talk about the success of the incubator's programs in launching small businesses. He said that he hopes the grant would allow TIC to work toward a “more sustainable (financial) model” and become independent from public funding. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl added that the TIC-sponsored Mini Maker Faire — which she called “an indescribable event” — was a resounding success. The Mini Maker Faire was an August showcase of the work of local inventors and entrepreneurs. “It was, I thought, marvelous, and it attracted some very promising businesses,” Tisdahl said..


evanston economic summitBrewpub planned for vacant site on Oak. Evanston may get its first brewpub by the middle of next year if plans reviewed today by the Liquor Control Board become reality. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she plans to recommend approval of a liquor license for the pub, proposed for the vacant former site of the state employment office at 1615 Oak Ave.

Evanston boards short on Asians, Hispanics. The study conducted by city staff and released this week by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, shows that Asians hold just 3 percent of the seats on city boards, commissions and committees, while composing, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, 8 percent of the city's population. And Hispanics have 4 percent of the board seats, while making up 9 percent of the population. Whites, and, to a lesser extent, blacks, were over-represented on the panels.

JULY 2012

the keg of evanstonMayor to visit Summer Reading Stop. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will be on hand Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon at the Evanston Public Library's Summer Reading Stop at the Evanston Plaza shopping center. Library Director Karen Daznczak Lyons says the stopping center outpost is one of several ways the library is taking its services out into the community.

Evanston Wins “City Livability” Award. Evanston was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual “City Livability” awards for it’s women’s fitness program, Women Out Walking.

Evanston plans My Evanston, My Neighbors. The city of Evanston will begin hosting three city-wide events titled “My Evanston, My Neighbors: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Understanding and our Hopes for Evanston.” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl invites residents from all of Evanston’s nine wards to participate in this constructive dialogue.

Evanston to hold community dialogues on race. The City of Evanston will host the first of three planned city-wide dialogs on race relations on Aug. 9 at the Civic Center. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says the sessions are part of the city's ongoing commitment to combating prejudice and strengthening understanding among all of its residents.

JUNE 2012

the keg of evanstonEvanston wins $400,000 to help refurbish lakefront lagoon. The city of Evanston has been awarded $400,000 in a state grant to renovate the 4.5-acre Dawes Park lagoon on the 1800 block of Sheridan Road. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thanked the governor, as well as State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-9th, and State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-18th, for supporting the Evanston project.

the keg of evanstonPoliticos pose by massive machines in Evanston. CTA President Forrest Claypool and Evanston officials gathered this morning to celebrate the near-completion of a decades-long effort to replace crumbling, century-old Purple Line viaducts. State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston said he'd been "like a dog with a bone" trying to secure funding for the project. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Schoenberg, who is retiring from the legislature this year, "has been utterly fabulous" in working to secure the funding.

the keg of evanstonEvanston gets grant for lakefront lagoon upgrade. When the renovation is complete, the lagoon will be renamed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in memory of the late W. Russell Arrington. An Evanston resident, Arrington served in the Illinois General Assembly from 1945 to 1973, first in the house and later as leader of the Illinois Senate.Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thanked the governor and local lawmakers Jeff Schoenberg and Robyn Gabel for their support of the project honoring a former lawmaker.

evanston economic summitEvanston mayor honored at Piven gala. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was honored at Saturday night’s Piven Theater Workshop Gala at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. The mayor was recognized for her support of the arts with the first named seat in the proposed new theater to be built at the Noyes Center as part the proposed expansion of Piven’s operation at the Center. Several hundred people turned out at the Center for the Gala, including actor Jeremy Piven whose parents founded the Piven Theater Workshop.

the keg of evanstonEvanston’s New Viaducts A Decade in the Making. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and other local dignitaries announced the near completion of $10.3 million in upgrades to the Purple Line in Evanston. The CTA announced that it would fund improvements to the century-old viaducts in Evanston more than 10 years ago, with money allocated by the Illinois General Assembly.

Bulk food store welcomed to Evanston. Mayor Tisdahl was among city officials who have high hopes for the 17,850 square foot GFS Marketplace store, which marked the first construction project to be built within the new environmental guidelines passed by the City Council in 2009. “You did an incredible job building a beautiful store very quickly,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl at the official ribbon cutting.

Can One House Turn Around A Whole Block. City officials, neighbors, hope an $18-million federal grant will help stabilize two neighborhoods hardest-hit by foreclosures in Evanston.

Grant awarded for health center in Evanston. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Erie Family Health Center a grant to open a new health center in Evanston. This grant will provide $650,000 of annual support toward the operation of the center. It is one of 219 new grants nationwide and one of 11 in the State of Illinois. "This is a great day for the City of Evanston. A Federally Qualified Health Center will be the catalyst for improving the health and wellness of Evanston residents,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said.

Evanston 1st Liquors Still Owes City $2,000 Fine. The city fined Evanston 1st Liquors in May, citing underage alcohol sales. Due June 1, the fee still has not been paid, according to city staff. There have not been any violations at Evanston 1st Liquors since the fine was imposed, according to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who serves as liquor commissioner. But, she said, nearby businesses are concerned that someone is still buying alcohol there and selling it to minors.

Appeals process for Keg's revoked license stretches on. Almost six months after Evanston officials revoked the liquor license of a popular downtown watering hole that had been accused of repeatedly serving minors, the Keg remains open pending a lengthy appeal process — which just got a little longer. The Keg, 810 Grove St., saw its local liquor license revoked Jan. 30 by order of Evanston liquor commissioner Elizabeth Tisdahl.

City Asks Tech Incubator For More Accountability. Aldermen have approved grants totaling $50,000 for the Technology Innovation Center so far in 2012, as long as the tech incubator approaches Northwestern University for money. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said she will raise the issue to university president Morton Schapiro.

City: Evanston on track with federal rehab grant. Evanston city officials say they're on track to meet federal deadlines to spend an $18 million grant to rehab foreclosed homes.

Evanston Plaza TIF vote held for talks with grocery. Evanston aldermen chose to delay a final vote on the Dempster-Dodge tax increment financing district to try bring the center's anchor tenant, Dominick’s, on board with the plan. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said she'd rather talk to Dominick's with the incentives available through the TIF already in place, the aldermen voted 5-3 in favor of the delay.

best buy evanstonCity Receives Appliance Donation from Best Buy. Howard Street business Best Buy, recently donated about $10,000 in appliances for use in two apartments located above the future home of Ward Eight Bar. “Best Buy is the absolute best,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said at an event announcing the donation. “Best Buy is staying open, it’s profitable and that’s a wonderful thing. But even better, Best Buy is helping the community.”

MAY 2012

best buy evanstonBest Buy Donates Appliances to New Cocktail Lounge Neighbor Alderman Ann Rainey and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl held a press conference outside the Best Buy at 2301 Howard Street to announce the store’s $10,000 donation, to be used in the affordable housing apartments above the new business, called Ward Eight.

the keg of evanstonKeg case sent back to Evanston liquor board “It is always an extremely difficult decision to revoke a license of a local business, but I have to also consider the health and welfare of the community as a whole,” Tisdahl said in announcing her decision. “Serving minors alcohol is a serious matter that cannot be left unaddressed.” Tisdahl initially revoked The Keg’s license due to public safety concerns spawned from repeated underage drinking violations at the bar.

evanston economic summitEvanston summiteers agree to meet again Evanston's Economic Development Summit didn't resolve all the issues, but participants agreed the session was worthwhile, and city officials promised to do it again. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, "Everybody wanted another session, and I'm sure the Economic Development Committee will do a fabulous job of taking into consideration the ideas raised today."

evanston economic summitEvanston Economic Development Summit The buzzwords at the city’s first Economic Development Summit were “collaboration” and “growth.” Organized to gather public ideas for implementing the city’s Economic Development Vision Statement and Plan, the summit was divided into several smaller workshops on such sectors as technology, health care, arts, education, nonprofits, retail, office and manufacturing,, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and economic development manager Nancy Radzevich called the event a success.

the keg of evanstonKeg granted new hearing on Evanston license revocation Acting on an appeal by the bar's owner, the state commission this week directed the local liquor control commissioner, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, to "present formal charges and evidence supporting those charges" at the new hearing while giving the bar's owner "the opportunity to present a formal defense."

Pivot Point's Corrine Passage Bernin Passes Away On May 4, 2012, the city of Evanston, under a proclamation formally announced by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, declared May 4th Corrine Passage Cares for Kids Day in Evanston. This proclamation recognized Bernin’s fundraising efforts and dedication to Cares for Kids NCMEC..

Enduring Young Evanston Artists festival marks 25th year.
Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) festival celebrates its 25th year and the YEA! Foundation plans to take on an expanded mission, serving as a strong advocate for collaborations between teachers, schools and arts organizations by initiating and directing partnerships. The organization has the support of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy and District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon.

Evanston first Illinois city to take stand against Citizens United. With a unanimous council vote Monday, Evanston became the first Illinois municipality to pass a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows corporations to spend unlimited funds on political campaigns. The revised resolution was unanimously approved at the May 7 meeting of the Rules Committee, which consists of all nine aldermen and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

First LEND microloan paid back by Evanston barbershop owner. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alds. Peter Braithwaite (2nd) and Delores Holmes (5th) attended the celebration, held at Ebony Barbershop, 1704 Dodge Ave.. The three joined LEND staffers in presenting a tearful Giles with a certificate honoring her achievement.

In Focus: A second chance at Curt's Cafe Newly opened Curt’s Café, a non-profit restaurant, is one of the only adult ex-offender re-entry programs in a city that focuses most of its re-entry resources on at-risk youths. At-risk youth in Evanston have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community activities, including events like the Mayor’s Safe Summer Summit.

BBQ feast helps send Scouts to camp. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl opened the sold out event for 140 guests at Oldershaw Hall, saying she counts on the scouts as part of the Evanston the community.

Developers move forward on constructing new Evanston rental building. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl attended a groundbreaking celebration for the 1720 Oak Ave. building. The construction will create 175 new rental units by Focus Development.

Constellation Energy Chosen by Evanston, Illinois to Supply Low-Cost Electricity and Green Energy to Residents. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, "I am pleased that Evanston residents have directed the city to move forward with electricity aggregation. In addition to providing cost savings, our aggregation program is an opportunity to secure cleaner, green power for our community and support the goals of the Evanston Climate Action Plan to reduce our emissions by 13 percent by the end of 2012."

Children’s Book Day reaches Evanston's Latino community. Mayor Tisdahl gave spoke at the kick-off of the Evanston Public Library’s El Dia De Los Ninos/El Dia De Los Libros, or Children’s Book Day, a popular Latin American holiday that celebrates literacy and culture.

APRIL 2012

EV1 to be fined for underage liquor sales. Mayor Tisdahl said there have already been 12 recorded violations on the premises in 2012, up from just one each in 2009 and 2010, when the store had a different owner.

'Strut for Strays' to raise funds for C.A.R.E. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and Comet, a C.A.R.E. adoptee are Strut Grand Marshalls for the Community Animal Rescue Effort’s 17th Annual Strut for Strays on Saturday, May 12.

Evanston residents, officials take ‘stand’ against racism Evanston participated in Stand Against Racism, a national event organized by the YWCA, in which people stand in a line for 10 minutes to display solidarity and the symbolic wall they would present in the face of racism. “I was very moved by the number of people that came,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “I support the YWCA with its work on equality issues.”

ETHS, NorthShore hospital top ‘Big 7 Savers Challenge’ Evanston Township High School and NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital declared winners of a year-long contest to see which of Evanston’s seven largest employers could save the most energy. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, delivered a large check to Amber Knopp, who won a free year of electricity in the Citizens Utility Board's "Big 7 Savers Challenge.

Employers sought to offer summer jobs. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is asking local businesses join the city's Youth Engagement Initiative by hiring summer workers at the Youth Job Fair on Sunday, April 21, at the Civic Center.

Evanston City Council approves location for new Yellow Line station The Evanston City Council unanimously approved Asbury Avenue as the location for a new Chicago Transit Authority Yellow Line station. The site was chosen because the area has a higher population than Dodge Avenue. The Asbury Avenue station is expected to attract 840 boardings per day. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said the new plan was an “excellent solution to a difficult problem.”

City Council Agenda: Five-Year Plan to End Evanston Homelessness The Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness presented the city council with a five-year plan, detailing recommendations on how the city can best tackle issues and cases of local homelessness. “Evanston has always been a community that has prided itself on its compassion, diversity and depth of services to help those in need,” Mayor Tisdahl wrote in an April 4, 2012 open letter to Evanston citizens. “Yet…the problem of homelessness is getting worse. …It is time not just to ‘manage homelessness’ but to move forward in solving the issues creating and sustaining it.”

Offshore wind farms get further scrutiny In Evanston, city officials have been studying the feasibility of installing dozens of wind turbines on the lake to generate enough energy for the city's 30,000 homes. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl applauded the announcement from Washington. "I think it's terrific news, because I was told when I first started exploring wind turbines in the lake that no one would put them in the lake because there were no rules governing how to do it," she said.

Council opens the tap for World of Beers in downtown Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, the city’s liquor commissioner, was credited with playing a key role in finding a solution. Before the April 5 Liquor Review board meeting, Tisdahl did a computer search on World of Beer franchises and found that two operated with kitchens on premises.

Mayor balks at creating new ‘tavern’ liquor license At a recent liquor board meeting, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl – who also serves as liquor commissioner – asked Ted Mavrakis to approach World of Beer with the idea, saying she read an article stating that the company has considered opening a franchise with a kitchen.

Brady scholars and Evanston residents debate waste transfer station. Veolia, a waste management company, has elicited community outcry for aggregating waste near the residential neighborhood. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl addressed the city on March 16, endorsing Lakeshore Waste Services to operate a waste transfer station in Morton Grove that would provide a nearby alternative to users of the Veolia station.

Evanston participates in national recycling competition this month. It will be Evanston’s sixth year participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced Friday. Tisdahl also dubbed April “Evanston CAN Recycle!” month. The purpose of the national program is to promote recycling aluminum cans. The structure of the contest is simple: Residents continue recycling aluminum cans as usual, and at the end of the month, the city will tally the total number of cans received.

Evanston OKs alcoholic drinks in Century’s movie theaters. In response to concerns about underage drinking in the auditoriums, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, the city’s liquor commissioner, who heads the board that recommended the change, “if it makes you feel any better, the police chief is keeping very close touch with the Liquor Commission.”.

Evanston bar can remain open during its appeal. “There have been in my view too many (incidents), and some that are extremely disturbing are instances when nobody was carded,” Mayor Tisdahl said.

Evanston liquor store draws ire of city liquor board. “There have been in my view too many (incidents), and some that are extremely disturbing are instances when nobody was carded,” Mayor Tisdahl said.

World of Beer may topple long-time ban on bars. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said today that she would ask city attorney Grant Farrar to draft provisions for a new liquor license class to fit the World of Beer model that would be "minimally disruptive" to the city's traditional liquor rules.

MARCH 2012

State of City Adress. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl touted economic development and the improving city-University relationship during her third annual State of the City Address. "Economic development is the top goal of every member of the Evanston City Council," she said. "We have increased our economic development team from one part-time person to six. They are working hard and working well."

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Evanston mayor: City faces ‘balancing act’ between providing services, taxing residents. Evanston still faces a “balancing act,” trying to provide enough services so people will want to live in the city without taxing to the point they can’t afford to, said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, during her State of the City address.

Mayor's State of City Address and Award for the Arts. "Evanston made great strides in 2011 as we focused on increasing economic activity, bringing greater opportunity and activities to our youth, and keeping Evanston residents safe and healthy, all while managing our finances responsibly. My thanks to the members of the City Council, City staff and our residents for working together to make all of these accomplishments possible," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl.

Evanston District 65 ballot proposal picks up support. District 65 is seeking voter approval to borrow $48.2 million to finance a new elementary school and expand Haven and Nichols middle schools to accommodate more students, while also upgrading the science. Other improvements are planned for Chute Middle School and the two magnet schools, King Laboratory School and Bessie Rhodes Magnet School..

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl Co-Hosts Campaign Rally for 9th Judicial Subcircuit Candidate Judge Larry Axelrood. On Wednesday, March 14 supporters of Judge Larry Axelrood, candidate for judge of Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit, gathered for a campaign rally at Koi Evanston (624 Davis Street). Hosted by Evanston supporters Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, Hecky Powell, and Joe Flanagan.

Kellogg Students Coach City on Developing Office Space. The study showed that Evanston has about 90 percent occupancy rates in its big office buildings. This means that it’s time to start building new space. So the city shouldn’t look to draw companies that need easy access to the airport, he said. Instead, they should play up the educated talent pool that lives along the city’s Red Line, as well as its easy access from the rest of the North Shore. “It’s a bit like finding a spouse,” said presenter Kevin Heckman. You want someone who admires your strengths and isn’t bothered by your flaws. This struck a chord with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who attended the presentation. “It’s so obvious but I never thought of it,” she said after the talk.

Mayor's Award for the Arts Winners Announced. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Award for the Arts. The Mayor’s Award for the Arts is presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public. Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) will receive the arts organization award and this year two people were selected to win the individual award: Dr. Stamata Blanas and Jill Brazel.


Evanston firefighters get new life-saving equipment with federal grant. Evanston Fire Department received four state-of-the-art, high tech cardiac monitor/defibrillators, compliments of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. “This grant will help the brave men and women of our fire department continue to provide excellent, lifesaving services,” mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said in a statement.

Trader Joe’s grocery plans move to Evanston. The Trader Joe’s will be developed at the site of the former Blockbuster video rental, 1211 Chicago Ave., near the Dempster CTA stop. The current building will be knocked down to make room for the new 13,000-square-foot store. "I'm thrilled to be standing in front of this group and be able to say that in a year, I'll be standing in front of a brand new Trader Joe’s," Tisdahl said.

Evanston plans Twitter town hall meeting. The Mayor will be discussing economic development and the Safe Summer 2012 initiative in the virtual meeting and then will field pre-submitted and live questions.

Hat’s off to Evanston Y’s annual youth gala. nationally recognized Piven Theatre Workshop would play a leading role in the revitalization of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, occupying renovated space and a state-of-the-art theater in the building under a plan that received backing Monday from a city committee.

New Japanese restaurant offers Evanston’s only hibachi spot. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut the ribbon to "officially" open the restaurant and gave a short speech wishing it success. Ald. Don Wilson (4th), whose ward includes Todoroki, was also present at the event.

Evanston Day registration opens. Evanston Day, an event in which Evanston residents and Northwestern students will travel to Springfield, Ill., to lobby lawmakers on city issues will be held March 7, 2012. Last year, Mayor Tisdahl was joined by Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), Ald. Jane Grover (7th) and Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th), Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, District 65 and 202 board members, superintendents and representatives from non-profit organizations.

Contentious Evanston forum explores merits of township government. The forum, held at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., was organized in anticipation of an advisory referendum on the March 20 general election ballot that will gauge whether Evanston residents support dissolving Evanston Township. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and a few members of the Illinois General Assembly attended the panel.


College Station Mayor Bets on Bowl Game. WTAW: News Talk Radio, Texas - College Station Mayor Nancy Berry placed a friendly wager on the game between Texas A&M and Northwestern with Evanston, Illinois Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Evanston, Skokie mayors look ahead to 2012. On Tisdahl identified the need for additional office space and increased economic development efforts in the city’s 5th and 2nd wards, and along Howard Street in south Evanston. “Making sure those plans proceed is part of what I want to do,” she said.

Mayor’s Youth Council Gives Voice to Evanston Teens. The City of Evanston is attempting to change interactions with local youth with an open line straight to the ear of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Restaurateur behind Evanston’s Central Street Cafe sees economy turning. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and business owner Mitch Dulin along with Aldermen Jane Grover and Mark Tendam cut the ribbon at Evanston's Central Street Café.

Dr. Benjamin Carson speaks on perseverance, education and morals on MLK Day. Evanston mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro at the event that also included music from NU’s Jazz Small Ensemble, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Northwestern Community Ensemble.

city 0f evanston logo New bar concept proposed for rejected Tilted Kilt site Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said "it looks good to me" this afternoon as she reviewed plans to open a World of Beer franchise downtown. Tisdahl and members of the Liquor Control Board seemed convinced that the World of Beer approach of letting restaurants elsewhere in town provide delivery service to patrons' tables at World of Beer would meet the intent of the city's liquor laws.

city 0f evanston logo Evanston march celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Community leaders and Evanston students celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday at the annual Diverse Evanston Walks United event. Mayor Tisdahl told the audience, "I hope that the kids take away the idea that Martin Luther King was a fabulous American and someone to learn about and study."

Nominations Sought for 2011 Mayor’s Award for the Arts. The 2011 Awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address and Mayor’s Award for the Arts Luncheon, scheduled to be held in early 2012.

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Memorable Moments


A new town-gown initiative at ETHS

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon (L-R in photo above) performed a celebratory ribbon-cutting to open a new office in the center of the school for a new fulltime coordinator to help students utilize the vast resources available at the university.

Mayor Tisdahl, a former member of the ETHS District 202 School Board, touted the benefits of collaboration in community governance and said “we now have a visible office to show that there is a collaboration.” Credit: Charles Bartling


Ribbon cuttin for Avail & Company

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Downtown Evanston executive director Carolyn Dellutri took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Avail & Company, owned by Rachel and Ted Avila. The store is the first location for the business, which creates custom formal wear.
Credit: Chelsea Sherlock/The Daily Northwestern


Evanston Wins “City Livability” Award

Evanston was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual “City Livability” awards for it’s women’s fitness program, Women Out Walking.

“This best practices model shows now, more than ever, that mayors are committed to improving our cities and neighborhoods through increased access to healthy lifestyles and fitness initiatives,” said Jocelyn Bogen, Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards Program.
“The judges were impressed by Mayor Tisdahl’s leadership and felt that this program exemplifies the partnership between city government and citizens to bring about a positive change and improve the quality of life.” Credit: Eric Palmer


Jeremy Piven whose parents founded the Piven Theater Workshop, and Mayor Tisdahl at the Piven Theatre Gala.
Photo Credit: Bill Smith


CTA President Forrest Claypool speaks to reporters as County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl stand behind him.
Photo Credit: Bill Smith


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thanked State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg for helping to secure the funds to replace Evanston's aging viaducts. Photo Credit: Jennifer Fisher


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl (holding microphone and in sunglasses) was among the officials welcoming the opening of GFS Marketplace, at 2420 Oakton, on Tuesday.
Photo Credit: Bob Seidenberg


U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other local politicians toured 1733 Leland Ave. on Thursday, to see firsthand how the city of Evanston is spending an $18-million neighborhood stabilization grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Photo Credit: Jonathan Bullington, TribLocal


Ald. Ann Rainey, center, is joined by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, right, Best Buy general manager Stephen Smith, and Ward Eight co-owner Anne Carlson last week in announcing a $10,000 appliance donation by Best Buy.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Bullington, TribLocal


Mayor Tisdahl greeted residents at another of a series of open houses staged to show of homes repaired under the program. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky today said the project proves that public-private partnerships can really work. Photo Credit: City of Evanston


Mayor Tisdahl presenting a $15,000 check to the Citizens of Greener Evanston. Walmart awarded the money in recognition of Mayor Tisdahl winning the 2011 Mayor's Climate Protection Award.
Photo Credit: City of Evanston


Amber Knopp of the NorthShore University Health, System accepts a check to pay her power bill for a year from Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl (far right) at the Citizens Utility Board’s “Big 7 savers” competition awards ceremony.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Bullington, TribLocal


Mayor Tisdahl presenting a $15,000 check to the Citizens of Greener Evanston. Walmart awarded the money in recognition of Mayor Tisdahl winning the 2011 Mayor's Climate Protection Award.
Photo Credit: City of Evanston


State Senator Jeff Schoenberg and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut the ribbon to the new IL workNet center housed at the Evanston Public Library. Photo Credit: City of Evanston


Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky toured a proposed federal grant target area with Mayor Tisdahl. "This project is a wonderful example of smart federal spending up front that would save money down the line and, critically, would revitalize a neighborhood with the potential to bring long-term reward to the Evanston community" said Congresswoman Schakowsky.
Photo Credit: Jan Schakowsky


Mayor Tisdahl and McGaw YMCA volunteer manager Michelle Janke wear their favorite hats at the McGaw Y Youth Programs Gala.
Photo Credit: Lee Litas ~ for Sun-Times Media


Mayor Tisdahl at the new site of Trader Joe's Evanston. "The development of this site into a new Trader Joe's is yet another sign that Evanston's economic health is definitely on the upswing," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.
Photo Credit: City of Evanston


Mayor Tisdahl standing in front of Northwestern University clock tower in downtown Evanston Photo Credit:


Hecky’s Barbecue was been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Evanston Arts & Business Committee Leadership Award. The annual award acknowledges Evanston businesses and organizations that have provided leadership in arts and cultural support, either financially or through in-kind services, or both. Photo: City of Evanston


Mayor Tisdahl is a guest at an event at the Unitarian Church of Evanston that honored museum founders John and Betty Mitchell and celebrated three and a half decades of education and preservation at the Mitchell Museum of American Indian.
Photo courtesy of Nathan J. Silverman


Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and members of the Evanston community welcomed downtown Evanston’s newest eatery to the area Wednesday evening when they held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Delbe’s Corner.
Credit: Jordan Graham


Crêperie Saint-Germain Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Ald. Donald Wilson (4th Ward) and other Evanstonians gathered at the eatery, located at 1512 Sherman Ave., to celebrate the French restaurant and sample its fare.Owner Pascal Berthoumieux, who also owns Evanston’s Bistro Bordeaux, said he decided to open a creperie to offer Evanston residents a different kind of authentic French dining experience.
Credit: Jordan Graham





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