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Farmhouse Tavern Celebrates Evanston Opening
The Michelin-rated restaurant opened a second location at 703 Church Street, offering 36 craft beers on tap and Midwestern cuisine sourced from local farms. As hungry customers eagerly filed into Farmhouse for an early dinner or after work drink Wednesday evening, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined Farmhouse owner TJ Callahan in cutting th
e ribbon to welcome Farmhouse to Evanston.

Mayor backs shopping promotion for non-profits
Forty-four local businesses agreed to donate 5 percent of what shoppers spend on those Tuesdays to three non-profit groups -- Connections for the Homeless, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Youth Jobs Center. "It encourages commerce within our ciity, without increasing our city’s debt," Mayor Tisdahl said at a news conference. The program has grown since last year, when just 28 merchants and two non-profits took part.

Evanston aldermen delay introduction of ETHS safety zone ordinance
City Council held off formally discussing a safety zone around Evanston Township High School amid growing concerns that the proposal would unfairly target black neighbors. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl sought to assure 5th Ward residents that the so-called "School Safe Zone" would not lead to disproportionate arrests along racial lines.

JULY 2013

Evanston Lifeguards Recognized For Saving Capsized Boater
Lifeguards David Altman, Jack Killheffer and Tudor Byas were honored for their rescue mission. They found the man near where his boat had sunk, about a mile and a half off shore, by following a trail of debris from the ship, like floating seat cushions, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. Mayor Tisdahl commended the three lifeguards with plaques, and audience members at the city council meetings gave them a standing ovation.

Evanston legislators stand up for food stamp program
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-18th appeared at the Jewel store in Evanston to highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and funding for food stamps, which recently has come under threat. Officials of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, which sponsored the event, led the legislators on a tour of the store and some of the challenges families face when trying to make healthy meals on a limited budget. Roughly 821,000 children in Illinois rely on SNAP benefits for their basic nutrition, the group said in a release. Mayor Tisdahl said federal funding has been absolutely essential for Evanston, stating a park program that serves lunches is “heavily used” during the summer when school lunches are unavailable.

Evanston rejects turning historic mansion into boutique hotel
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl prefaced the discussion by saying the proposal was not what she anticipated and she does not believe the council intends to sell public land. With those opening remarks, cheers and applause could be heard from the city council's packed anteroom, where residents watched the proceedings on video.

JUNE 2013

3D printing office opens on Davis
GetPrinting3D, a high-tech retail operation selling printers and supplies, officially opened its Evanston office Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. In town for the event was Ben Staub, who owns the Dayton, Ohio-based company that provides the means for industrial companies to make prototypes of their products and for hearing-aid companies to produce forms that are custom-made to fit in their customers’ ears.

Letter confirms talks with Pritzker on Evanston lakefront property
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl confirmed Monday that the city is in preliminary discussion with billionaire James Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises on a possible sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke Mansion for conversion into a private boutique hotel. Mayor Tisdahl explained that after "a long public process" of weighing the credentials of public users, the city is now in preliminary discussions with Tawini Enterprises.

Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) Officers are Sworn In
Northbrook Village President Sandra E. Frum was sworn in as the fiscal year 2013-14 Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) President. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was installed as Vice-President, while Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney and Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz were installed as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlIntroduction of Evanston assault weapons ban proposal sparks heated debate. The introduction of an assault weapons ban pitted gun hobbyists against advocates for fewer firearms at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Backed by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl as a step toward a safer community, the ordinance would ban the display, sale and possession of guns with a high-ammunition capacity and fast shooting rate. The ban would allow Evanston to put new gun regulations on the books before the state's rewritten concealed-carry bill possibly prevents it from doing so. Tisdahl is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, one of 28 mayors in Illinois organized by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in favor of more gun control.

MAY 2013


Starbucks re-opens with larger downtown location
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) celebrated Starbucks’ move to a larger, eco-friendly location at 1734 Sherman Ave., steps away from the old coffee shop and a few storefronts closer to Northwestern's Evanston campus.

Evanston aldermen ground proposal to ban aerial drones
A resolution to establish a two-year moratorium on the use of unregulated drone technology didn’t fly with the City Council Monday. Some council members don’t want to bar technology that might already be in use and having a positive effect. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, "It seems to me the way to handle new technology is the way we always handle new technology, which is to create laws to outlaw bad use of technology."

Evanston officials take the oath for news terms
With Cook County Circuit Court Judge (and former alderman) Lionel Jean-Baptiste and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl administering the oath of office, Evanston officials were sworn-in to another four-year term of office Monday. The newly elected officials, all returning from the previous council are: Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl; City Clerk Rodney Greene; Judy Fiske, First Ward Alderman; Peter Braithwaite, Second Ward Alderman; Melissa Wynne, Third Ward Alderman; Donald Wilson, Fourth Ward Alderman; Delores Holmes, Fifth Ward Alderman; Mark Tendam, Sixth Ward Alderman; Jane Grover; Seventh Ward Alderman; Ann Rainey; Eighth Ward Alderman; and Coleen Burrus; Ninth Ward Alderman. Gary Gaspard, a first time office holder, was sworn in to his position as Township Supervisor. The Township is a separate body of government from the city.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlGov. Quinn Gives Evanston Cop Hero Award
Gov. Pat Quinn honored an Evanston police officer, Sean O’Brien for saving a 7-year-old boy from drowning in the icy Des Plaines River while off duty. "Evanston is enormously proud of you, Sean," said Mayor Tisdahl "Not only are you a hero but you are also well aware of the things that are going on around you, which most of us don’t pay attention to."

City wants you to lobby state to keep aid
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other city officials are urging residents to lobby state lawmakers not to cut state aid to local governments. The legislature is scheduled to complete work on the state budget this week and is considering reductions in what’s called the Local Government Distributive Fund -- cuts that the mayor says could cost Evanston $450,000 to $860,000. "If these reductions are included in the state budget, then the City of Evanston will be faced with some daunting decisions affecting the whole community. Vanishing funds will equate to loss of jobs, loss of programs and reduced services," Tisdahl said in a statement.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlCity Of Evanston Proclaims June 20, 2013 as "Business Event Day"
At the May 28th meeting of the City Council of the City of Evanston, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recognized the efforts of Skokie resident Shalom Klein in helping to stimulate small business and economic development. The Mayor issued a resolution praising his efforts and proclaiming June 20, 2013 as "he Business Event Day". Klein also earlier addressed the Economic Development Committee meeting and answered questions from the alderman about the free event, taking place in Lincolnwood, and the ways that people can get involved in the organization.

APRIL 2013

Tisdahl: ‘Brothel law’ talks could start this spring
During a Facebook town hall, Tisdahl was asked what the city has done to work with Northwestern on the controversial over-occupancy rule, which says more than three unrelated people cannot live in the same housing unit.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlCeaseFire’s methods draws Evanston’s interest
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Rep. Laura Fine and others gathered at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, to hear more from CeaseFire Illinois representatives about their model to divert violence.

Evanston officials eye Keg replacement
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recently met with a potential buyer who was familiar with the bar's notoriety and wants to turn it around.

Evanston Children’s Choir May Stay at Noyes
One week after the Evanston Children’s Choir earned that the group might lose its space at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center for a $2.2 million expansion of Piven Theatre, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl stepped in. Tisdahl asked city manager Wally Bobkiewicz to come up with a new criteria to determine which artists should lose space at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, considering other factors besides seniority. " Revised criteria should first consider if an artist or arts organization is Evanston based and the number of Evanston residents served by the artist or arts organization," Tisdahl said.

Community gathers to honor Evanston volunteers. Students, activists and Evanston officials gathered Wednesday night at Northwestern to honor the city's volunteers. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl praised the Evanston community for logging more than 60,000 volunteer hours since the beginning of 2013, well on track to reach the city’s goal of 150,000 hours by the end of the year.

March 2013

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mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor Stresses Economic Development, Jobs In State of the City
Looking forward, economic development and jobs for young adults will be critical for Evanston, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said during her state of the city address on Friday.

mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor: Pain for city in U.S., state financial woes
Delivering her State of the City address at a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Tisdahl said the city could lose $1.4 million if a plan announced yesterday to cut local government funding from the state.

Center for Independent Futures Open House & Ribbon Cutting
The general public and media are invited to join Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Downtown Evanston Board of Directors and staff to join in celebrating the Open House of Center for Independent Futures on March 15th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm..

Evanston mayor tackles plan to move NU Wildcats games to Wrigley
The agreement to move five Northwestern University home football games to Wrigley Field may not be set in stone, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Friday during her State of the City address at the Hotel Hilton Orrington.

So, what did y’all do in Springfield, Wally?
Evanston Day started with a luncheon in the Governor’s Mansion. The program began with remarks from Mayor Tisdahl and President Schapiro.

Evanston, Northwestern officials talk gun control, student aid during Springfield trip. Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and more than 50 Evanston officials led by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl pushed for gun control, pension reform and student aid Wednesday during the fourth annual Evanston Day in Springfield..

Study of YOUMedia project suggests new, collaborative ideas for youth development in the community. On Wednesday, March 6th, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and 80 guests attended an event to stimulate conversation around innovative approaches to supporting the positive development of youth in our community, and specifically for the deepening collaboration between YOUMedia and the McGaw YMCA as they work to develop collaborative strategies to have a far greater impact on Evanston youth.

Firefighters back Tivador, mayor endorses Fiske.
The challenger in Evanston’s 1st Ward aldermanic race, Ed Tivador, has picked up endorsements from the firefighters union local and former state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg. Meanwhile, the incumbent, Alderman Judy Fiske, has won the backing of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Judy works hard for the First Ward, and I can always count on her to be extremely well-informed no matter what we’re discussing,” Tisdahl said.

CeaseFire To Host Violence Prevention Forum in Evanston.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl hosts the event, titled a "Violence Prevention Community Forum," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

Illinois: Evanston Water Superintendent Completes Term as Chair of Water Works Association. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was on hand at the 2013 Illinois Section AWWA Conference to congratulate City of Evanston Utilities Department Water Superintendent Kevin Lookis for his service not only to Evanston, but for his commitment to water issues statewide.


January 2013

mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor backs assault weapons ban.
“We have too many guns in our communities and we must work together to get them off the streets,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “I am grateful to see that Sen. Feinstein is introducing this bill not too long after the president and vice-president announced their simple solutions to this issue, which would require a background check for all gun sales; banning military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines; and placing additional resources in our schools and towards our mental health services.”

mayor elizabeth tisdahlMayor Urges Support of Assault Weapons Ban
Tisdahl said she “wholeheartedly” supported the proposed Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, a bill that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced in Congress Thursday. If passed, the bill would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of military-style assault weapons.

Arts plans: So where’s the money?
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says a new report on development performing arts spaces downtown seems great -- but "got very hazy about the funding." Despite that, Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, said it was important not to shelve the downtown arts study, which was paid for with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Evanston City Council salutes NU’s big bowl win.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presided over the ceremony where City Council members honored the Wildcats and their special season. She presented Jared Carpenter, MVP of the Gator Bowl, and NU athletic director Jim Phillips with a trophy bowl in honor of Northwestern’s 34-20 Gator Bowl win over Mississippi State in Jacksonville on Jan. 1.

Evanston to host third race dialogue
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl invites residents from all over Evanston to participate In the city’s third and final session in a series of race dialogues titled “My Evanston, My Neighbors: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Understanding and Our Hopes for Evanston.”

Evanston schools, mayor respond to Newtown, Conn., shooting. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has called for stronger gun control in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people. Evanston-Skokie School District 65, which serves more than 7,500 students, responded to the Newtown shooting with precautionary measures such as asking local police for an increased presence and the district’s school security company to visit schools.

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Memorable Moments

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined Farmhouse owner TJ Callahan in cutting the ribbon to welcome Farmhouse, 703 Church St., to Evanston.


Lifeguards honored for rescue from lake

Evanston lifeguards David Altman, Jack Killheffer and Tudor Byas were honored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl for their rescue of a man whose boat broke up in Lake Michigan.

Altman and Killheffer took a rescue boat out into the lake on July 2 after hearing a broken-up distress signal while Byas managed radio communications.

They managed to find the man by following a trail of debris from the 50-foot renovated 1970s vintage converted Chicago fireboat. The boat had sunk by the time they reached the scene.


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-18th appeared at the Jewel store in Evanston to highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and funding for food stamps, which recently has come under threat.

Cooking Matters coordinator Lilah Handler offers some healthy grocery shopping tips to visitors to Evanston's Jewel store on Monday monring. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is to right and State Rep. Robyn Gabel (to left) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (next to Gabel) listen in.
Photo by Bob Seidenberg~Sun-Times Media


Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cuts ribbon with Hewn owners, Ellen King and Julie Matthei, at Hewn's opening ceremony Tuesday. Credit: Hannah Lutz

Mayor Tisdahl is on hand to welcome Hewn: Hand Forged Artisan Bread to Evanston with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Owners Julie Matthei, director of business operations, and Ellen King, head baker, introduced community members to the bakery with pastry samples and a taste of their special picholine olive and herb bread.


Schapiro meets Evanston residents with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Schapiro has touted his relationship with the mayor as bringing the city and the University closer together.

Previous interactions between city and University officials were so poor that in 2009 The Princeton Review ranked the NU-Evanston relationship the 15th “most strained” in the country. Mayor Tisdahl refers to the period as the "Hundred Years’ War." Tensions dissolved when NU President Morton Schapiro and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl took office. The two meet quarterly, and NU and the city now schedule their lobbying days in Springfield together. The city "paints the town purple" during Homecoming, and NU’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships has a physical presence inside Evanston Township High School. In January, NU and Evanston received a $1 million joint grant to make Evanston an Illinois Gigabit Community, bringing ultra-high speed Internet access to the city and campus. Although relations between the University and Evanston have considerably improved, Tisdahl admitted they are not perfect. Remnants of "the war" exist among NU’s middle management, she said, and she would like to see Evanston residents employed at NU’s many construction sites.


Grand opening for new bike shop on Davis

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut the ribbon for the opening of Wheel and Sprocket at the former location of Ten27 Cycles. Also on hand was 4th Ward Alderman Don Wilson and Chris Kegel, the store’s sole owner and president


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.


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






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