City offers $100 per gun in buyback program


Please help Evanston and Chicago land get rid of guns read this provided by the Evanston Now

Evanston police will hold a gun buyback program on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1711 Simpson St.

Guns brought to the buyback must be unloaded, in operational condition and participants must have proof of Evanston residency. Examples of proof of residency include a piece of mail, Evanston Public Library card, student ID or a government-issued ID.

This is an amnesty-based buyback program and officials say no police enforcement action will be taken as a result of someone turning in a firearm.

The program was announced earlier this fall in the wake of the shooting death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman.

Cash for Guns flier

Evanston may allow brothels


As per NSBAR (North Shore Board of Realtors this post which has a shocking but funny title

Evanston’s long-standing ordinance prohibiting more than three unrelated persons from living together in a single dwelling unit, colloquially coined the “Brothel Law” by Northwestern University students, is on the brink of long-anticipated reform. Alderman Don Wilson (4th Ward) is expected Monday to refer a proposed reform measure to a city committee for further review. As proposed, the measure would slightly increase the number of unrelated persons that can live together in low-density district, and possibly double the number in higher density districts. The law, as-is, which disproportionately impacts Northwestern students, is adversely impacting housing choice and affordability, and access to schools, jobs, recreation, and other services. NSBAR has been one of the leading proponents calling for reform, including hosting a lecture in Evanston by University of Mass. – Amherst Professor Ellen Pader who is considered a leading expert on the origins and consequences of familial housing occupancy standards. You can watch Professor Pader’s lecture here. For more information, please contact Howard Handler, NSBAR’s Government Affairs Director, at or 847-480-7177.

Update on Evanston’s Electricity Aggregation Program – Energy Mix Disclosure Submitted by the City of Evanston



This month, all Evanston residential and small business customers, who are currently in the city’s electricity aggregation program, received an energy disclosure statement from Constellation Energy. Customers may be wondering why this information was distributed to them. The energy disclosure statement is required to be sent to customers each quarter by the Illinois laws that govern electricity service in Illinois (Section 16-127 of the Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law of 1997 and the rules of the Illinois Commerce Commission).

The sources of electricity supply listed on the disclosure statement are based on the average system mix of PJM. PJM is the regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity from where the power is pooled for both ComEd and the participants of Evanston’s aggregation program. These disclosures reflect the mix of electricity supply in that pool for the required reporting period which is available on the PJM website. The electricity supply mix disclosed would reasonably depict the mix of electricity consumed by any resident or small business receiving basic electric service with the utility.

Evanston customers should be aware that this disclosure statement is generic and does not reflect the 100% renewable energy mix that has been secured for the city’s electricity aggregation program. Under the city’s aggregation program, Evanston customers are receiving a 100% renewable energy mix through the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). The members of Evanston’s aggregation program first receive power from the grid, which is comprised of the energy mix described in the disclosure statement. Constellation then purchases RECs and assigns them to Evanston in an amount equal to the electricity consumed by the members of the program. These REC’s are purchased from an Illinois or adjoining state wind asset and are compliant with the standards established by the State of Illinois for renewable energy.

The generic disclosure statement is sent to all new customers of Constellation and is currently required by the State to be sent on a quarterly basis. Constellation will provide members of Evanston’s aggregation program with an environment disclosure statement reflecting the power source of the city’s program (100% wind) for the next reporting period, which is anticipated to be sent out at the end of December 2012 and should be received in early January 2013.

The sale of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates from Constellation is audited by the state on an annual basis. This audit process ensures that enough renewable energy is purchased to match the consumption of our participating customers. This audit is completed by June 30 of each year for the previous calendar year. At that time, Constellation will provide the city with a report showing compliance with the city’s contract.

Questions for Constellation Energy can be directed to their Customer Care Center at 1-800-718-1493. Individuals wishing to opt-into the program can do so by calling Constellation Energy at 1-800-718-1493. Other questions or comments about the city’s program can be directed to 3-1-1. 

Evanston IL Gun Buyback Set for Dec. 15



Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced that the City of Evanston will team up with several community organizations to co-sponsor a gun buyback program for Evanston residents. The gun buyback event will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1711 Simpson St.

Guns must be unloaded, in operational condition and participants must have proof of Evanston residency. Examples of proof of residency include a piece of mail, Evanston Public Library card, student ID or a government-issued ID.

This is an amnesty-based buyback program and no police enforcement action will be taken as a result of someone turning in a firearm. Participants are encouraged to bring in ammunition, ammunition clips and magazines, but must keep them separate from the weapon at all times. Weapons should be transported in the trunk of a vehicle or in an inaccessible area of a van or pickup truck.

There is a two-gun limit, and participants in the buyback program will receive cash for each firearm. The program will operate on a first-come, first-served basis and will end at the designated time or when all funds are exhausted.

Any Evanston resident wishing to participate in the gun buyback program, but who is unfamiliar or uncomfortable with handling a firearm can call 311 for assistance, and an officer will come out to the residence to retrieve the firearm. Amnesty will still apply for this type of request.

Participants wishing to receive a receipt indicating that the weapon is no longer in their possession for record-keeping purposes will then be asked for additional information.

In addition to their organizational efforts and $1,000 contribution to the program, the Evanston Community Foundation has established a fund to accept residents’ contributions in support of the program at or by mail to Evanston Community Foundation, 1007 Church St., Ste. 108; Evanston, IL 60201.

“I would like to thank the Evanston Community Foundation for their efforts in helping organize this important community event, along with their generous financial support,” said Mayor Tisdahl. “I would also like to thank Evanston resident Carolyn Murray for suggesting the idea, Northwestern University, the Cherry Family Foundation and NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Evanston Hospital for their help and most generous financial support that will go far in removing dangerous weapons off our streets and protecting our innocent youth from gun violence.”

“There is no instant or single solution to the problem of gun violence, nor any way to undo the losses we have already suffered,” said Sara Schastok, president and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.

Northwestern University has donated $10,000; NorthShore Evanston Hospital has donated $1,000 and the Cherry Family Foundation has donated $5,000 to the program.

“We’re pleased to partner with the City of Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation and others to provide funding for this program,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro. “We appreciate Mayor Tisdahl’s leadership and the work of the Evanston Police Department in their efforts to help keep Evanston safe for everyone, including members of the Northwestern community.”

“We are committed to demonstrating our leadership to preserve and improve human life,” said Douglas Silverstein, president of NorthShore Evanston Hospital. “In an effort to extend NorthShore’s mission, we applaud and support the City of Evanston’s continuing efforts to prevent violence and ensure a safe community environment for all citizens.”

“The Cherry Family Foundation is responding to the mayor’s call for the reduction of weapons in order to reduce the potential of violence in the City of Evanston,” said David Cherry.

Firearms are a potential hazard in any home. Firearms can be stolen or used in an accidental shooting or a suicide. When guns are used in criminal attacks, the outcomes are often irreversible and fatal.

Guns are often used to settle disputes, which can have a devastating impact on communities and innocent victims. The access and availability of firearms is also associated with an increased risk of suicide in the home.

Evanston Aldermen (and Woman) vote to add cameras around ETHS



The use of surveillance cameras is controversial. Is it capturing important crimes or is it an invasion of privacy? If they can see inside your home yes but if they solve a crime then I am all for it.  Sometimes the problems are how and where the township gets the devices. I think there should  be shopping around because there are too many dumb deals that make people mad like the Chicago parking meters.

I hate red light cameras. I don’t run red lights but I have seen people jam on their breaks at a yellow light and almost cause an accident.

What do you think?