Jeff Schultz

1st Ward residents worry about housing and safety

Ald. Clare Kelly (1st) shows a map of the proposed Five Fifths TIF district to residents at her ward meeting. Residents clashed over police reform and voiced frustration with homelessness and housing policies at Thursday night’s 1st Ward meeting in Evanston. Ald. Clare Kelly (1st) asked residents for their opinions on a plan to eliminate the city ordinance that says no more than three unrelated people can live in a dwelling unit. A resident said the rule was intended to keep Northwestern Univ

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Pennies are placeholders for millions at ward meeting

Asked to weigh in with pennies on how Evanston should allocate millions in federal pandemic aid, 4th Ward residents at a Tuesday night meeting favored “economic recovery” and “social services” over “infrastructure” and “public revenue.” Ald. Jonathan Nieuwsma (4th) brought four mason jars and rolls of pennies to the meeting to poll residents about their preferences for spending the $43 million the city will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. Nieuwsma said Evanston’s decision on how to

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Mayor talks about police, race and finances at forum

Mayor Daniel Biss embraced police reform and new efforts to address racial inequality in Evanston when he answered questions at Tuesday night’s Central Street Neighbors Association town hall meeting. Resident Michael Hartnett said people who support defunding the police are essentially for police abolition, and he asked Biss to disavow such demands. Biss said he favors redirecting funds to professionals, such as mental healthcare workers, who can take over emergency situations from the police,