Google Gmail: Are you looking for your new emails?

We officially make the switch to Gmail at 5 p.m. today. After 5 p.m. today, email will go into your new Gmail account instead of Outlook! Please visit our official Google Apps Learning & Resource Center for assistance getting started, including a quick training and first steps. How to log in to Gmail: Open Chrome. Google works best in the Chrome browser. Go to Log-in Screen Log in with your network email account: Username: Password: Remember, your data is being migrated right now, so if you can, take a break from emailing over the weekend. But, if you do have to email, don’t forget to do so using Gmail. Mobile Setup: Before Friday at 5 p.m., please configure your mobile device to work with your new Google account to ensure that you receive all of your email. For guidance on configuring your device, see these instructions. For training information...
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Transition to Google Gmail – What will happen to my emails, calendar and contacts?

Beginning this Friday, January 20, all of your Microsoft Outlook emails, calendar and contacts will begin migration to your new City of Evanston Google account. Prior to Friday, it’s recommended that you clean up and organize your Outlook email, calendar, contacts, and personal folders. Please note: Your email rules and deleted items will not migrate to Gmail. What about my emails, calendar, and contacts? View this document for information about your data migration – including what will and will not migrate, and what you need to do to prepare your account. Below is a sampling of what will be migrated: Attachments: Any Outlook email attachment permitted in Gmail will be migrated. Gmail does not allow attachments larger than 25MB or executable files. You have the option to detach oversize Outlook email attachments (>25MB) and store them on your Google Drive. Folders: Outlook email folders and nested folders will automatically migrate...
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ICMA Onsite Visit- January 17

George Pantazis from ICMA-RC will be at the City for an onsite visit on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from 10am-4pm in Room 2403 of the Civic Center. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with him, please click on the link below.  He takes walk-ins as well.  He has 3 slots left!   Financial Education | Products & Services | News & Views | Investments | About Us How May We Help You? Click on link below to set up meeting online https://icmarc.secure.force.com/events?SiteId=a0lj0000003QNvPAAW Here are common questions we get asked: How do I get started? Do I need to start a retirement plan in my 20s? Is it too late to start later? What investment options are available and what should I know about risk and diversification? What do I do with retirement plan accounts from previous employers? Am I saving enough? How do I calculate what I...
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Ann Marie Heiser

Please join me in welcoming Ann Marie Heiser who has joined our staff as the Recreation Manager for the Robert Crown Community Center. Ann Marie is originally from Pennsylvania and has over 20 years’ experience in the Parks and Recreation profession where she  has held various management positions in Massachusetts, Virginia and most recently Texas.  Ms. Heiser has a B.S. degree in Recreation Management and a M.S. in Public Administration.  She has served on the national level with the National Recreation and Parks Association on the Conference Program Committee for the past five years, and is a Certified Recreation and Parks Professional (CPRP). Finally, she has been an active member with parks and recreation state associations in various capacities. We are excited to have her so let’s show her a warm Evanston welcome!...
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Deputy Chief Brian Scott Appointed Evanston Fire Chief

The City of Evanston today announced the appointment of Brian Scott as Evanston fire chief effective Monday, January 9, 2017. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz appointed Scott following a national search that began following the retirement of Chief Greg Klaiber in September. “Brian Scott competed against a national pool of candidates for the position of Fire Chief. He proved that with his long experience as a fire professional as well as his keen understanding of the Evanston Fire Department that he is the best person for this job,” said Bobkiewicz. “I look forward to welcoming him to the City’s executive management team and working with him as Fire Chief.” A 17-year veteran of the Evanston Fire Department, Scott began his career as a firefighter/paramedic in December 1999. He was promoted to captain/paramedic in 2006, and became division chief of operations and training in 2014. In September 2015, Scott was promoted to...
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Livability

Managing to Livability – Next Steps

As the year comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for all the work that they do to make Evanston the Most Livable City.  Evanston’s livability is the key ingredient that makes our community a desirable place to live, work, and visit.  I wanted to provide everyone with an update on where we are headed for 2017 since this is an ongoing effort that we undertake together. If you want to review what has been done to date, you can view a video summarizing the efforts below. What does 2017 hold for Livability? As the video references, staff from every City Department participated in this fall’s  Managing to Livability Series meetings.  Through that process, over 20 projects were identified that will help move the City’s effort to become the Most Livable City.  The next step is to start the hands-on work required...
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IT Alert

New IT Service with 311

We are aware that sometimes you need to speak to someone in IT, “RIGHT NOW.” IT and 311 are excited to announce that beginning Friday, December 16, 311 will have the ability to unlock your network user account, as well as connect you directly to an IT staff member to handle an emergency request. During IT business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F) 311 will be able to connect you with an IT staff member in the office for requests that require immediate attention. After IT office hours, they will connect you to an IT staff member who is on-call. We ask that you use this escalated request process only for true emergencies that don’t have a work-around and can’t wait for IT office hours. We believe 311’s ability to unlock network accounts will save everyone time and frustration and we greatly appreciate their help. Please note that...
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Health & Wellness

Extreme Cold Weather Hazards and Prevention

Cold Stress Can be Prevented It is important for employers to know the wind chill temperature so that they can gauge workers’ exposure risk better and plan how to safely do the work. It is also important to monitor workers’ physical condition during tasks, especially new workers who may not be used to working in the cold, or workers returning after spending some time away from work. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest NWS office. It will give information when wind chill conditions reach critical thresholds. A Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chill temperatures are life threatening. A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures are potentially hazardous. Who is affected by environmental cold? What is cold stress? How can cold stress be prevented? Types of cold stress Who is...
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Planned Outage Update

The network print services outage planned for tonight will instead occurtomorrow night (Thursday) from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Local printers and printers for the public at EPL will not be impacted....
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Important: Planned Outages Impacting City Services

IT will be conducting scheduled maintenance which will create outages for certain city services this week. We’ve been working with major stakeholders at Police, Library, PRCS, etc. to minimize staff impact. Wednesday, December 14th – 9:00am-12:00pm – City fixed cameras will not record/archive. (Accommodation made for jail cell cameras) Wednesday, December 14th – 5:30pm-7:30pm – Network print services will be unavailable. (Local printers and EPL printers for the public will still work) Friday, December 16th – 6:30pm-12:00am – All virtual desktops will be unavailable. (Accommodation made for Nutcracker event) Please contact Luke Stowe if you have any questions or concerns.    ...
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eSuite and 1095-Cs

Wow, 2016 is quickly coming to an end! We are asking all employees to take a moment to log into eSuite to verify a few things. eSuite can be accessed here: myportal.cityofevanston.org. Check your mailing address and submit any necessary changes. This will ensure that the delivery of your 2016 W-2s is not delayed. Take a moment to check for phone numbers and emergency contact information which need to be updated as well. Check your Contacts/Dependents and add social security numbers for dependents who are covered under your health insurance for proper reporting to the IRS. In addition, we are still requesting your consent to receive your Form 1095-C electronically. 2016 1095-Cs will be furnished to employees no later than March 2, 2017. Those of you who consented to electronic delivery last year will NOT need do it again this year. If you are interested in receiving your Form...
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Employee Hall of Fame

“The Arts in Evanston” Documentary Nominated for Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award

This fall, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated City of Evanston Broadcast Operations Specialist Anderson Castilho for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for producing the City’s documentary film: The Arts in Evanston. The nomination was in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Program. The Arts in Evanston, a history envisioned by Evanston Arts Coordinator Jennifer Lasik, showcased 24 local artists and focused on the importance of the arts in creating a livable city. The program was originally produced for the opening of the “One State Together in the Arts” conference that was co-convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Evanston Arts Council. The conference brought more than 300 artists, arts managers and arts supporters to the City of Evanston in September 2015. Following the conference, the film aired on the City’s Channel 16. Anderson Castilho and his wife, Ana, attended the award ceremony on Saturday, December...
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City Logo Wear Store Open through TODAY, December 5

The City Logo Wear “store” is open today through next Monday, December 5th. Please note, we will not be able to extend the deadline. Click on the link below to place your order and pay. All items will come to me and I will let you know when they have arrived. Orders will arrive by December 19th. https://stores.inksoft.com/COE/Products...
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