Message from the Mayor

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Attending Career Day can make you feel like a rock star. That's what I learned last Wednesday when I visited Washington Elementary School and spoke to a classroom full of incredibly enthusiastic 5th graders. And it wasn’t just meeting the Mayor that had the students interested and excitedit was hearing from an Evanston police officer, a veterinarian, an entrepreneur, an engineer, and a biologist, too.

Children remind us that despite the uncertainty in our world and the serious challenges we face, there's plenty to be excited about in the work we all do each and every day. Take the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, for example. Last month, the organization took a step towards ending domestic violence and financial abuse by raising more than $500,000 through its Purple Purse campaign. With that amazing effort, I'm confident Evanston will once again win the Allstate Foundation's $120,000 1st Prize.

Rotary International gave those who walk and fly to our lakefront a reason to be excited on October 16, when the organization's Green Committee donated eight trees to the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary. And while planting trees helps beautify our city, so does public art. In 2017, thanks to talented artists and dedicated community members, Evanston has become home to five new sculptures, six murals, and a variety of temporary "pop-up" art pieces. (View some of the works.)

Zombies aren't beautiful, but they sure are exciting. On October 21, thanks to months of planning and hard work by City staff and volunteers, nearly 700 community members participated in the 4th annual Zombie Scramble, the most in the event's history. Even the zombies had fun. (See photos.)

So, while we can't ignore the dark headlines crowding our news feeds, including our own $6 million budget deficit, they shouldn't dim our enthusiasm for the good people out there planting trees, stopping violence, creating public art, and working to make a difference. You don’t have to be a musician to be a rock star, and Evanston proves it.


Mayor Hagerty Signature

Stephen H. Hagerty
Mayor, City of Evanston

In the Community

Donate to the Holiday Food and Toy Drive!

Holiday Food and Toy Drive 2016 collage

Each year, Evanston's Holiday Food and Toy Drive brightens the holiday season for hundreds of local families in need. Please help make this season the most wonderful time of year for all residents by making a generous contribution.

The City is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to staple food items for holiday meals, including stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix. You can drop off items at various City locations, or make a financial contribution online through December 11.

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Evanston Strengthens Welcoming City Ordinance

Welcoming City Ordinance signing

On October 16, I was proud to sign an updated Welcoming City Ordinance, which protects undocumented individuals from being held by immigration authorities after coming in contact with City police, unless they have a valid, enforceable federal warrant that has been signed by a judge. The updated ordinance was approved unanimously by the Evanston City Council on October 9, and conforms with the Illinois TRUST Act signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 28. A big thank you to all of the community members and organizations that helped move our City and our state forward on this important issue.


My Thoughts on the City Budget, FOIA Requests, and More 

Hagerty Huddle WCGO October 2017

On Thursday, October 19, I sat down for a "Hagerty Huddle" on 1590 WCGO's "Everyday with French and Friends" program to discuss current issues in Evanston, including the City Budget, a staff furlough day, Freedom of Information Act requests, and more. Click below to watch the interview.

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Fire Ops 101 Training

Hagerty, Fleming and Braithwaite at Fire Training
Mayor Hagerty, 9th Ward Alderman Cicely Fleming, and 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite at Fire Ops 101 Training.

On September 30, I was fortunate to spend six hours with some of Evanston's finest emergency responders as part of the Fire Ops 101 Training. There's nothing quite like crawling on your hands and knees through a smoke-filled house or putting out a 600-degree stove fire to give you an appreciation for the physical and problem solving work our emergency personnel do to keep us all safe.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore Helps End Domestic Violence

YWCA Purple Purse

Did you see the giant purple purse behind the Morton Civic Center or elsewhere around town in October? It was part of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore's Purple Purse campaign to end domestic violence and financial abuse, which raised more than $500,000. Thanks to all who contributed, and best of luck to the YWCA as it competes against organizations nationwide for a 1st Place Prize of $120,000.


NU Solar Home Awarded at National Competition

NU Solar House

Last month, Northwestern University students participating in the prestigious Solar Decathlon in Denver took home first place in the Market Potential and Communications categories and third place in Engineering. Why is this important? Because green ideas are being developed here in Evanston and transported around the world. This amazing home will permanently reside in our city. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project!

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Washington School Career Day

Mayor Hagerty at Washington School

I had the pleasure of spending 30 minutes with Ms. Odenthal's 5th grade class at Washington Elementary School last week as part of Career Day. I was so impressed with these smart, inquisitive and engaged students. Their enthusiasm is contagious!

St. A's Opens New STEM Lab

St. A's STEM Lab

Congratulations to Saint Athanasius School, which opened a brand new science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab and learning center this month! I was proud to help cut the ribbon on this amazing new space, which provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in Evanston.

Get Involved

Fire Department Seeks Input on 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Firefighters in action

The Evanston Fire Department is currently updating its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. You can provide your input at an upcoming community meeting, or by completing a brief online survey by November 15.

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Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group

Green Earth

On September 23, many of you joined me at the Evanston Ecology Center to kick off our City's next climate action planning process. Visit the City's Climate Action webpage to view the presentation from the event and to stay updated on future opportunities to get involved.

Thank you to the more than 70 residents who applied to serve on the working group. Regrettably, I could only select 16.

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Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee Update

Evanston Police logo

Thank you to everyone who took the time to prepare a thoughtful application to the Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee. After reviewing the applications, I selected nine community members to explore and recommend improvements to Evanston's current citizen police complaint process. The group will report back to the Human Services Committee in May 2018.


Apply to be on a City Board, Commission or Committee

City of Evanston

Are you interested in serving on an Evanston Board, Commission or Committee? View available opportunities and apply online by clicking the button below.

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