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Ward Eight Is open - 629 Howard St.
Illinois Power Marketing Company d/b/a Homefield Energy is the approved company supplying electricity to Evanston's aggregated customers from August 1, 2014 thru July 31, 2017.
When solicitors come to your door wanting your account - be prepared with this info!
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Sam Goss
05:22 PM cst(US)
Shani there are a couple of inexpensive fixes. You can put in a standpipe, threaded PVC pipe about 4' tall in the drain and 2 instal a "floodguard" a contraption that goes in the drain and has a rubber float that hangs below, if the water comes up the ball rises and blocks the drain but will allow water to drain. Either are less then $20 in materials
12:57 PM cst(US)
Shani, we're across the street from you and, since replacing several cracked sewer segments (tree root damage), annual rodding, and the deep tunnel project, we've had no flooding. After the COE utilities review, post if you need recommendations for a service.
Edited 06-25-2016 12:58 PM
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
11:04 AM cst(US)
 Shani, I believe I can ask the utilities department to come out and take a look at your problem. You really shouldn't be having water backing up in your basement.

 Private email me with your personal contact information and address if you're interested in having someone come out and take a look before you start spending a lot of money.
Shani Beth-Halachmy
11:30 PM cst(US)
Thanks for your response, Mike. I do get my sewer line cleaned annually, although I did have to replace a portion of it already. The flooding in my basement during the last storm, a few days ago, was probably not related to cleaning the line. I hope to hear from others who may have done some things to prevent water backing up from the street during storms.Thanks in advance!
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
08:35 PM cst(US)

A juvenile was after supposedly making statements overheard by another juvenile that he had a weapon.

Officers saw subject on the corner of Custer & Brummel and he ran but was caught. No gun found. Caller had made previous complaint on subject and a bb gun was taken. Charged with disobeying police and possibly battery still pending.

Jay Parrott
Mike Perlman
07:57 PM cst(US)
Jeannie - some kind of disturbance in a residence around there....
Michele Hays
07:04 PM cst(US)
Thanks, Ann - we were supposed to get street outreach workers in Brummel and Elks similar to the ones targeting the area near the high school, who provide wraparound social services to youth who may be at risk for violence - we'd been told several years ago that ours would come from YOU, they came to a meeting, and then we never saw them again. Especially concerning since there seems to have been something going on this afternoon.

Does that mean Kevin Brown has City street outreach staff scheduled in SE Evanston? That would be terrific.

I greatly appreciate the Ridgeville staff, but they don't offer the same sort of services.
05:16 PM cst(US)
What's going on at Custer and Brummel? Major police action going on, nothing visible though.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
03:44 PM cst(US)

Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
01:36 PM cst(US)
Diane and All - Good afternoon Alderman Rainey,
Just to let you know Chicago has been contacted about the lights at Ridge and Howard. They expect to have them back up before mid-afternoon. Staff will check up later and see what the status is.
James Maiworm

Also avoid Howard heading east from Dodge - NIGHTMARE DURING THE DAY!
Mike Perlman
11:23 AM cst(US)
Have you considered having the sewer line cleaned out? We had similar problems, and ultimately spent a ton of money to have old, broken clay tile (pipe) replaced by PVC. Tree roots are the usual cause of blockage and damage.

That said, I have no experience with shut off valves, but if you are looking at $3000, I would check alternatives....
Shani Beth-Halachmy
09:30 AM cst(US)
Two days ago, in the fierce short rainfall, we had water backing up to the basement from the sewer line. I currently have a manual shutoff valve but am exploring other ways to automatically shut off the line in case of water backing up. My plumber suggested a installing a check-valve. He said it is fool proof, works all the time... He also wants over $3000 to install. Did anyone have a check-valve installed? If yes, what has you experience with it been like? Who did it and cost? Has anyone done anything else? Thanks for sharing your experiences and opinion.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
07:55 AM cst(US)
Sounds to me like YOU is doing a really good job, hope this information helps us. I have not recently received any other complaints regarding their services.

Hi Alderman Rainey,
Do you know what program is being referenced?
We have our outreach workers and they have drop-in hours at our building (1027 Sherman Ave.) and they do work with Evanston youth at the Howard Area Community Center (which I recognize is literally located in Chicago, but serves large amounts of Evanston youth). We also have a 24-7 crisis intervention for any homeless, runaway or unstable youth. But outside of that, we don’t have any other drop-in programming. The rest of our work is within the schools we serve. This summer, for example, we have more than 600 youth in our free daily summer learning programs, which operate the length of full school days. But those are all available to youth based on their schools. Of course, many of those schools (Oakton, Chute, Dawes, etc.) are in your area.
Let me know if I can help with any other information!
Edited 06-24-2016 07:55 AM
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
07:35 AM cst(US)

 Also Seth Green will be getting back to me today, in the meantime when people aren't in the Parks city workers will be visible to youth in the neighborhood.

From Ridgeville

Good Morning Ald. Rainey,
I have forwarded your request to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services senior management staff and the outreach worker supervisor. I can say that our staff is canvassing the mentioned parks and are making young people aware of city services. We will continue to do so throughout the summer. We are also meeting with YOU outreach staff on a regular basis to share information and coordinate our outreach efforts.
Best wishes,
Kevin L. Brown, J.D.
07:47 PM cst(US)
Come for free food and fun at Northwestern University’s Community Picnic on Saturday, June 25 from 3-6 pm as we celebrate our Evanston community! Bring your family and join your neighbors at the Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) as we enjoy food from our local Hecky’s Barbeque and Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Free on-campus parking is available at the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive). If you have questions, please contact Carol Chen in Northwestern’s Neighborhood and Community Relations at carol.chen@northwestern.edu or 847-467-5766.

Dianne Schuyler
05:47 PM cst(US)
Traffic light out at Howard and Ridge, stop sign posted. Long traffic back up so avoid that intersection if at all possible!
Michele Hays
05:07 PM cst(US)
Speaking of Y.O.U., did we ever find out what happened to the outreach workers they were going to provide in SE Evanston?
Michele Hays
05:05 PM cst(US)
Also, DO NOT give out your account number to anyone who asks at the door - if they are legit, they will have it already and verify it with you. Account numbers can be used to "slam" your account - that is, move it without your authorization to an account that costs much more.


"ComEd customers should be on high alert for scams and rip-offs," CUB Executive Director David Kolata said. "Be skeptical anytime a person calls or knocks on your door claiming to be from the utility, and call the company at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) to verify exactly who you're speaking with."

If they won't leave when asked, call police.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
04:17 PM cst(US)
Rory - at the top of the eighth Ward Messageboard page:

Illinois Power Marketing Company d/b/a Homefield Energy is the approved company supplying electricity to Evanston's aggregated customers from August 1, 2014 thru July 31, 2017.
When solicitors come to your door wanting your account - be prepared with this info!
Candace Hill
03:35 PM cst(US)
City of Evanston Reminds Residents, Visitors of Soliciting Laws
Posted on Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 in Alert, Electricity aggregation, Utilities

The City of Evanston is reminding community members and visitors of its soliciting regulations after fielding a number of inquiries from residents mainly in the southern portion of the community regarding door-to-door solicitations from alternative retail electricity suppliers. This activity has been occurring over the past four weeks.

Electricity suppliers marketing plans door-to-door in Evanston are classified as solicitors according to City Code Section 9-5-25. These suppliers do not represent the utility company or the City of Evanston, nor are they affiliated with the City's Community Choice Electricity Aggregation program.

Soliciting is permitted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is prohibited at all times on Sunday and on state and federal holidays.

Residents who wish to prohibit solicitations at their residence may give notice by posting a “No Soliciting” or “No Solicitors Allowed” sign on or near a main entrance. The sign must be at least three inches by five inches in size, with the letters of the wording at least one-third of an inch in height. Residents can view and print signage meeting those requirements at cityofevanston.org/assets/NoSoliciting.pdf.

Solicitors who disregard prohibited hours or posted “No Soliciting” signs, fail to leave a premises after being requested to do so, or perpetrate a fraud or misrepresentation of any kind are in violation of City Code. Violators will be prosecuted accordingly, and may be subject to a fine or community service.

Residents can report non-emergency violations by contacting the Evanston Police Department’s non-emergency line at 847-866-5000.

Peddler’s Licenses do not apply to solicitors marketing electricity plans door-to-door in Evanston. Peddler’s Licenses expiring on December 31, 2014 that may have been previously incorrectly issued to solicitors will not be renewed.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may also dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.
03:28 PM cst(US)
What's the deal with the people who go door to door asking to make changes to my utility bills (Nicor & Comed)? They say they *need* me to pull up my accounts in order to take off some fees (or something). It seems really strange and they're hard to get rid of. Thanks.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
11:01 AM cst(US)

First Slice Cafe is looking for a barista and line cook! Youth Job Center Youth & Opportunity United C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor

Please email jobs@firstslice.org a cover letter and resume that lists your previous experience & availability OR fill out an application at the cafe counter (1823 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201) For full description visit http://ow.ly/WQpC301yXAz
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:58 AM cst(US)
Seems like I manic posting, but things are happening!

I know some have opinions about what YOU and that's fine but some don't know about about this great youth organization. Their recent newsletter is really interesting:

Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
10:55 AM cst(US)
Powell and others : Ridgeville Parks are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.

 I've asked them to edit their website to include hours.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
12:14 AM cst(US)
No injuries but serious damage - Housefire:

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