Photo gallery: Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30

Photo gallery: Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30

Susan Du, Brian Lee, and Annabel Edwards
October 6, 2013
Filed under Multimedia, Photo Gallery, Top Stories

ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from Evanston went off like a dream Saturday morning. Then, Northwestern matched Ohio State blow for blow for more than three quarters Saturday night. A delirious student section at Ryan Field, packed beyond capacity, was ready to explode onto the field. But a succession... Read More »

Photo gallery: Football: Northwestern vs. Western Michigan

Photo gallery: Football: Northwestern vs. Western Michigan

Brian Lee and Susan Du
September 15, 2013
Filed under Multimedia, Photo Gallery, Top Stories

After a slow start Saturday night, Northwestern’s offense woke up in the second quarter and vaulted the Wildcats to a 38-17 win over Western Michigan at Ryan Field. The Cats’ first three drives started in Broncos’ territory — but NU was unable to put any points on the board. The first drive... Read More »

Photo gallery: Football: Northwestern vs. Syracuse

Photo gallery: Football: Northwestern vs. Syracuse

Susan Du, Photographer
September 9, 2013
Filed under Latest Stories, Multimedia, Photo Gallery

Northwestern took care of business Saturday, defeating Syracuse 48-27. The Wildcats were led by surgical execution from their offense, which put up 34 points in the first half alone. NU’s quarterbacks excelled at throwing the ball all over the field. Junior quarterback Trevor Siemian and senior... Read More »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre puts on popular South African play as Nelson Mandela fights for life

Susan Du, Summer Reporter
July 8, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

South Africa’s popular play “Woza Albert!” came to Evanston this month as nearly 9,000 miles away, 94-year-old Nelson Mandela completes a month-long stay in the hospital for a recurring lung infection. “Woza Albert!,” a satirical commentary on apartheid as told through a series of vignettes... Read More »

Downtown Evanston GameStop closes

Downtown Evanston GameStop closes

Susan Du, Reporter
March 18, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

Downtown Evanston's GameStop closed Sunday as part of the international video game company's downsizing plan. The video game store, 920 Church St., was one of 250 locations the Grapevine, Texas-based retailer announced it would shutter this year. "Closing 250 stores enables us to deal with the... Read More »

Evanston school board candidates debate taxes, diversity in public forum

Evanston school board candidates debate taxes, diversity in public forum

Susan Du, Photo Editor
February 21, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Eight candidates vying for four Evanston Township High School District 202 school board positions clashed over hot topics such as taxes, curriculum, diversity training and consolidation with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 at a public forum Wednesday night. The forum was the first of five... Read More »

Prentice again denied landmark status

Prentice again denied landmark status

Susan Du, Photo Editor
February 7, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Education, Top Stories

Chicago’s landmarks commission voted unanimously to decline recommending landmark status for the old Prentice Women’s Hospital Thursday night, upholding for the second time Northwestern’s plans to demolish it and build a biomedical research facility in its place. The meeting was a reconsideration... Read More »

Judge dismisses Prentice lawsuit

Judge dismisses Prentice lawsuit

Susan Du, Photo Editor
January 11, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

A Cook County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday alleging the Commission of Chicago Landmarks illegally declined to recommend landmarking of Prentice Women’s Hospital at its Nov. 1 meeting. Judge Neil Cohen found that although the procedure undertaken by the landmark committee was “arbitrary”... Read More »

International students form family bonds away from home for holidays

Susan Du, City Editor
December 10, 2012
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

For Northwestern international students separated from their families by continental distances for most of the school year, the holidays can represent an opportunity for a long-overdue reunion. But for those bypassing a return home this season due to budget constraints, these times can also present a... Read More »

Cook County judge to weigh legal challenge to Prentice plan in January

Susan Du, City Editor
December 7, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

A Cook County judge said today he will decide in January whether to dismiss a lawsuit that has halted Northwestern's plan to build a new research facility in place of the old Prentice Women's Hospital. This afternoon, attorneys representing the city of Chicago asked circuit court Judge Neil Cohen... Read More »

Evanston residents invited to hearing on Walgreens location in Skokie

Susan Du, City Editor
November 30, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston is encouraging residents living near Harrison Street and Crawford Avenue to attend a Skokie Plan Commission hearing to weigh in on a proposed Walgreens. Skokie is planning to construct a new, 14,490-square-foot Walgreens on Crawford Avenue, which is the current site of an old bar now up... Read More »

Updated: 19-year-old shooting victim dies in west Evanston

Susan Du, City Editor
November 29, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Justin Murray

Update, 11:30 p.m.: The shooting victim is Evanston resident Justin Murray, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m. Update, 9:15 p.m.: A spokesman said the Cook County medical examiner's office has not been... Read More »

Judge issues temporary stay on Prentice demolition after preservationists sue landmark commission

Judge issues temporary stay on Prentice demolition after preservationists sue landmark commission

Marshall Cohen and Susan Du
November 15, 2012
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

A Cook County judge handed down a preliminary ruling Thursday in favor of preservationists in their quest to save Prentice Women's Hospital from demolition. Earlier in the day, preservationists groups filed a lawsuit accusing the Commission of Chicago Landmarks of breaking city codes when they declined... Read More »

Updated: Preservationists sue Commission of Chicago Landmarks over Prentice decision

Susan Du and Marshall Cohen
November 15, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Update, 4 p.m. Thursday: A Cook County judge handed down a preliminary ruling in favor of preservationists this afternoon and granted temporary landmark status to Prentice Women’s Hospital. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7 and the city of Chicago cannot issue a demolition... Read More »

Statewide government transparency website launches

Susan Du, City Editor
November 14, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Gov. Pat Quinn announced late last month the launch of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge, a transparency pilot program that asks local governments to rally technology developers, regional college talent and ordinary residents to create digital tools for the aggregation and dissemination of public... Read More »

Evanston budget hearings wrap up, mental health position slashed

Susan Du, City Editor
November 12, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Evanston City Council adopted four changes to the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2013, ending deliberations following its Saturday meeting. Previously scheduled Nov. 13 and 19 budget hearings have been canceled because the issues of contention have been addressed and generally resolved. The... Read More »

Evanston aldermen to consider land lease for Northwestern visitors center

Susan Du, City Editor
November 12, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Northwestern’s proposed visitors center continues to draw community criticism even as the Evanston City Council nears final deliberation over leasing city property for its construction. The council is scheduled to vote tonight on a project agreement and proposed leasing contract for the land at... Read More »

Evanston Democrats sweep races

Susan Du, City Editor
November 7, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) and State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) all won by a wide margin Tuesday night against Republican challengers Timothy Wolfe, Glenn Farkas and Eric Lieberman. Debra Shore, commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District,... Read More »

Organizers look to expand Evanston's gun buyback program

Susan Du, City Editor
November 7, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, Local

With the city's gun buyback event officially scheduled for Dec. 15, the initiative's fund has reached a total of $19,050, including a $10,000 donation from Northwestern. Citizens concerned about local gun violence proposed this summer the idea of holding a buyback to decrease the... Read More »

Construction causes closures, lane changes on Ridge Avenue

Susan Du, City Editor
November 6, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

As construction of a new eight-story apartment complex continues, various parts of Ridge Avenue have been experiencing closures or lane changes. Seventeen17 is planned for the construction site at 1717 Ridge Ave. The 175 unit luxury apartment complex is nearing is spring 2013 completion... Read More »

Community anti-violence initiatives posted online

Susan Du, City Editor
November 6, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, Education, Local

Discussion of proposals gathered from a community anti-violence meeting held last month have now been moved online at www.engageevanston.org, where residents can comment or post additional ideas for promoting peace in Evanston. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl held a public forum... Read More »

Evanston Police clear officer of racial profiling in Greenwell incident

Evanston Police clear officer of racial profiling in Greenwell incident

Susan Du, City Editor
November 5, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Local, Top Stories

The Evanston Police officer who sparked a citywide controversy after briefly handcuffing the 13-year-old son of a Northwestern professor has been cleared of racial profiling after an internal investigation. During a burglary investigation in August, EPD officer Mark Buell briefly... Read More »

Evanston Police investigation: No racial profiling in Greenwell incident

Susan Du, City Editor
November 4, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Evanston Police officer who wrongfully handcuffed a Northwestern professor's son has been cleared of racial profiling after an internal investigation. During a burglary investigation in August, EPD officer Mark Buell briefly handcuffed Diwani Greenwell, the 13-year-old son of Medill Prof. Ava... Read More »

Northwestern wins Prentice case, will proceed with demolition

Northwestern wins Prentice case, will proceed with demolition

Susan Du, City Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

CHICAGO — The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted 8-1 on Thursday to reject landmark status for the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. Northwestern owns the site and can now move forward with multi-million dollar plans to build a biomedical research facility there. Commissioners arrived at this... Read More »

Chicago panel turns down landmark status for old Prentice site

Chicago panel turns down landmark status for old Prentice site

Susan Du, City Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

CHICAGO — The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted 8-1 this evening to reject landmark status for the old Prentice Women’s Hospital, paving the way for Northwestern's plan to build a new research facility in the same location. Staff recommended landmarking the structure based on a set of specific... Read More »

Chicago department backs Northwestern in Prentice case

Susan Du, City Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development will favor Northwestern on Thursday in its report to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, recommending that the old Prentice Women's Hospital does not receive landmark standing. In a report today, the department acknowledges the many economic... Read More »

Prentice fate stacked in favor of Northwestern, preservationists say

Susan Du, City Editor
November 1, 2012
Filed under City, Local

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will debate today whether to recommend landmark standing for the old Prentice Women’s Hospital, which has divided Northwestern and local preservationists for several decades. The commission's staff will recommend landmarking Prentice, an opinion based on a list... Read More »

In Focus: After decades-spanning strife, fate of former Prentice site nears

In Focus: After decades-spanning strife, fate of former Prentice site nears

Susan Du, City Editor
October 31, 2012
Filed under In Focus, Top Stories

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday endorsed Northwestern’s plan to demolish the old Prentice Women’s Hospital and build a new biomedical research facility, lending one of the most authoritative voices to decades-long discord over the construction project. Emanuel’s endorsement gives more... Read More »

Social service restaurant Curt's Cafe in danger of closing

Social service restaurant Curt's Cafe in danger of closing

Susan Du, City Editor
October 30, 2012
Filed under Business, City, Local

If the city declines to grant Curt's Cafe a requested $50,000, Evanston will lose its only ex-offender reentry employment program. Susan Trieschmann of Curt’s Cafe is asking the city for support to stay afloat. The city isn’t clear where the funds should come from, but Evanston would lose more... Read More »

Evanston clerk recognized as 'Rookie of the Year'

Evanston clerk recognized as 'Rookie of the Year'

Susan Du, City Editor
October 24, 2012
Filed under City, Local

City clerk Rodney Greene has been named Rookie of the Year by the Municipal Clerks of Illinois, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced at Monday’s city council meeting. Evanston city clerk for four years, Greene isn’t often called a “rookie,” but because the criteria for “Rookie of... Read More »

Mobile floral business reflects on strong season

Mobile floral business reflects on strong season

Susan Du, City Editor
October 24, 2012
Filed under Business, City, Local

Some days when the streets of downtown Evanston are flooded with rush-hour traffic, My Huynh, 23, squeezes through towing a wooden cart overladen with flowers on the back of her bike. “I think it’s awesome watching people stare at you, and watching their reaction,” Huynh said. “It’s just... Read More »

Farmers market Fall Fest to start Saturday

Susan Du, City Editor
October 24, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Fall Fest, an annual farmers market event featuring autumn-themed produce, arts and crafts and pumpkin decorating, will take place Saturday. Children are encouraged to attend in Halloween costumes. Attendees will also be able to contribute to mural paintings to be hung at the Robert Crown Center,... Read More »

Evanston community clinic ushers in first patients

Evanston community clinic ushers in first patients

Susan Du, City Editor
October 22, 2012
Filed under Business, City, Local

When Skokie resident Mercedes Fernandez was laid off from her job at Hoy Chicago, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish daily newspaper, she also lost her health insurance. With no income, no car and critical diabetes, Fernandez traveled a dizzying two and a half hours to a Chicago community clinic, where... Read More »

Feinberg launches new Institute of Public Health and Medicine

Susan Du, City Editor
October 21, 2012
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Education, Local

Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking applications to fill 60 staff positions for its recently inaugurated Institute of Public Health and Medicine, an interdisciplinary research institution. IPHAM is composed of nine centers, each of which specializes in a public health field. The... Read More »

Emanuel unsure on where to stand on Prentice

Susan Du, City Editor
October 17, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Although Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) announced Monday that he supports Northwestern in its plan to demolish the old Prentice Women’s Hospital building in his ward, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he hasn’t been persuaded to side with either the University or preservationists. Emanuel... Read More »

Evanston Preservation Commission votes against proposed Northwestern visitors center

Susan Du, City Editor
October 17, 2012
Filed under City, Education, Local, Politics

The city’s Preservation Commission unanimously declined to support Northwestern in its plan to build a new visitors center on Sheridan Road at their Tuesday meeting. Seven commissioners voted against the plan and two abstained. The proposal for a new visitors center, which is scheduled for a vote... Read More »

Evanston Preservation Commission votes against proposed Northwestern visitors center

Susan Du, City Editor
October 17, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston's Preservation Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted against Northwestern's plan to build a new visitors center on Sheridan Road. However, the panel's decision could be overturned by the city council on Monday, Evanston Now reported... Read More »

CTA rehabilitating Noyes El station

Susan Du, City Editor
October 17, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Chicago Transit Authority “Renew Crews” will work on the Purple Line’s Noyes El stop throughout the next six weeks. Improvements including paint removal and reapplication, power washing, gutter and drain cleaning, graffiti removal and lighting additions are part of the CTA Renewal Program, which... Read More »

Chicago alderman sides with Northwestern plan to demolish Prentice

Susan Du, City Editor
October 15, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) announced Monday that he supports Northwestern's plan to build a new research facility in place of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital in Streeterville, despite preservationist efforts to save the Bertrand Goldberg building. The Prentice site falls within the 42nd... Read More »

Evanston releases proposed 2013 budget

Susan Du, City Editor
October 15, 2012
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz released the proposed budget for next year on Friday. City officials say the budget gap in 2013 will be the smallest in years, due to the city's continued efforts to slash excess expenditures and make daily operations more efficient. Funds... Read More »

ETHS National Merit semifinalists announced

Susan Du, City Editor
October 15, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Twelve Evanston Township High School students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. The students must apply to the National Merit Scholarship Company for finalist standing in addition to securing high SAT scores. National Merit finalist standing comes with a... Read More »

Last fall bulk trash pick-up day is Friday

Susan Du, City Editor
October 14, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The city will pick up 6 cubic yards per household of bulk garbage free of charge Friday, the last scheduled day this fall. Items must meet basic size requirements of 6 cubic yards, about the size of two couches, four chairs or one mattress and box spring, according to a city news release.  Anything... Read More »

Evanston Community Foundation to celebrate 25th anniversary

Susan Du, City Editor
October 10, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Evanston Community Foundation will hold its annual Celebrate!Evanston benefit Saturday. The event will feature cocktails, dinner, live music and dancing. Mudlark Theater Company is scheduled to perform. Participants will have the opportunity to play trivia. Tickets to the benefit cost $90 for... Read More »

ComEd outage leaves 2,100 in Evanston area without power

Susan Du, City Editor
October 10, 2012
Filed under City, Local

Commonwealth Edison reported a power outage Tuesday afternoon that affected about 2,100 customers. City spokesman Eric Palmer said in a news release that as of 4:47 p.m., there were 1,285 ComEd customers without power. When ComEd restored service 48 minutes later, the number totaled 2,100. Palmer... Read More »

Vehicle stickers, parking permits go on sale Oct. 22

Susan Du, City Editor
October 9, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston vehicle stickers and parking permits will go on sale Oct. 22. All vehicles registered in Evanston must display a city sticker, which costs $75. After Dec. 16, stickers will increase in price to $113, according to a city news release. Regular sale of city stickers and parking permits runs... Read More »

Evanston Health Department will no longer accept some items for recycling

Susan Du, City Editor
October 9, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston residents may no longer deposit CFL lightbulbs, batteries and small electronics at the Evanston Health Department, which will need to free up space for the new Erie Health Center. The Erie Health Center is a new medical facility housed on the Morton Civic Center ground floor, according to... Read More »

Street resurfacing runs through next 3 weeks

Susan Du, City Editor
October 9, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston will conduct road resurfacing work for the next three weeks on three streets: Lyons Street from Dodge Avenue to the dead end, Lee Street from Hinman Avenue to Judson Avenue, and Washington Street from Asbury Avenue to Ridge Avenue. Work will include curb replacement, roadway base repair,... Read More »

Evanston Police attend car-seat safety program

Susan Du, City Editor
October 9, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

A member of the Evanston Police Department Traffic Bureau participated in the NorthShore Evanston Hospital Car Seat Safety Check Program on Saturday, according to an EPD news release. The program, held at the Kellogg Cancer Center, 2650 Ridge Ave., inspected car seats and educated drivers on proper... Read More »

Evanston WestEnd organizes tour for National Manufacturing Day

Susan Du, City Editor
October 3, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Evanston WestEnd business district organized a tour of local manufacturing businesses for Wednesday in recognition of National Manufacturing Day. The tour, which will begin at IRMCO, 2117 Greanleaf St., will visit a total of seven businesses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a city news release.... Read More »

Evanston Police arrest man with gun

Susan Du, City Editor
October 2, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston Police Department officers working in the N.E.T. Unit, a special operations group, on Monday arrested a local man for keeping a gun under his car seat. Plainclothes officers stopped a vehicle in the 2400 block of Greenwood Avenue on Monday and arrested Brian... Read More »

Central Street undergoing construction

Susan Du, City Editor
October 2, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

McShane Construction and Subcontractors will start construction on Central Street on Oct. 2. The company will establish an underground utility connection for a new building at 1700 Central St, according to a city news release issued Sept. 27. Workers will build water, storm and sanitary... Read More »

Northwestern, Evanston stand together in time of grief

Susan Du, City Editor
October 2, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, Harsha Maddula, Local

Northwestern and Evanston were simultaneously thrust into the national spotlight last week when two young people — McCormick sophomore Harsha Maddula and Evanston Township High School freshman Dajae Coleman — died unexpectedly. In that citywide time of grief, NU students and Evanston residents came... Read More »

Evanston playground recognized for handicap accessibility

Susan Du, City Editor
September 27, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Noah’s Playground for Everyone, a handicap accessibility playground on Lighthouse Beach, received the Reader’s Choice Award in Time Out Chicago Kids’ 2012 Hipsqueak Awards. The playground at 1431 Judson Ave. is named for Noah Cutter, a local boy born in 2003 with congenital neurological anomalies,... Read More »

Chicago construction to affect Intercampus Shuttle routes

Susan Du, City Editor
September 27, 2012
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Street resurfacing and construction along Lake Shore Drive may cause changes in the Intercampus Shuttle schedule, according to a notification from Northwestern University Services. Sections of Lake Shore Drive between Sheridan Road and Foster Avenue and between Belmont Avenue and... Read More »

13-year-old sues city of Evanston, police after wrongful handcuffing

13-year-old sues city of Evanston, police after wrongful handcuffing

Susan Du, City Editor
September 27, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Local, Politics

The 13-year-old son of a Northwestern professor filed a lawsuit Sunday against the city of Evanston and an Evanston police officer following an incident last month when the policeman mistakenly handcuffed the boy as a burglary suspect. "This is not just for our son,” Medill Prof. Ava Greenwell... Read More »

Community leaders, business owners mash, mingle at Evanston-Northwestern networking event

Community leaders, business owners mash, mingle at Evanston-Northwestern networking event

Susan Du, City Editor
September 24, 2012
Filed under Business, City, Local

Blustery winds didn't stop Evanston business owners, activists, officials and residents from gathering to discuss the future of their community Wednesday evening. About 200 people turned out to the third annual MashUp networking event, which was held at Hotel Orrington after its original venue of... Read More »

Public debate surges over fate of Prentice Women's Hospital

Susan Du, City Editor
September 24, 2012
Filed under City, Local

Northwestern's plan to build a new research facility in place of an old Chicago hospital has pitted the University against local preservationists in an increasingly heated public fight. NU is currently seeking a demolition permit from Chicago to raze the Prentice Women's Hospital, which was designed... Read More »

Evanston Police mistakenly detain Northwestern professor’s son, 13, after burglary

Susan Du, City Editor
September 23, 2012
Filed under City, Crime, Local

An Evanston Police officer is under investigation this week after he handcuffed and detained the 13-year-old son of a longtime Northwestern professor while searching for a nearby burglar. Medill Prof. Ava Thompson Greenwell was at home Thursday morning when she saw police slap handcuffs on her son... Read More »

Youth advocates call for collaboration among families, social service agencies

Susan Du, City Editor
September 23, 2012
Filed under City, Education, Local

Central Street restaurant Curt’s Cafe hosted a panel discussion of issues facing Evanston’s youth Tuesday. The talk touched on topics such as racism, homelessness and the disconnect between families and the community. Curt's Cafe is a nonprofit restaurant that employs at-risk, specifically ex-offender... Read More »

Updated: Evanston boy, 14, shot and killed near Northwestern campus

Updated: Evanston boy, 14, shot and killed near Northwestern campus

Susan Du, City Editor
September 23, 2012
Filed under Around Town, City, Crime, Dajae Coleman

A 14-year-old Evanston boy was shot and killed less than a mile from the Northwestern campus Saturday night. Around 10:30 p.m., Evanston Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Church Street, according to an EPD news release. The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, which... Read More »

Des Plaines man shot in possible gang-related incident

Susan Du, City Editor
September 15, 2012
Filed under Around Town

A 20-year-old Des Plaines resident was shot Saturday afternoon in west Evanston during what police are calling a gang-related incident. The man was walking with three others when an unknown gunman shot him and then fled from the scene on foot, according to a news release issued Saturday by the Evanston... Read More »

CTA board approves decongestion plan, cuts Evanston bus route

CTA board approves decongestion plan, cuts Evanston bus route

Susan Du, City Editor
September 12, 2012
Filed under City

The Chicago Transit Authority board on Wednesday approved a decongestion plan that eliminates the only bus serving Evanston after the Purple Line closes. The CTA's Crowding Reduction Plan, which was drafted with the help of Northwestern’s Transportation Center, calls for adding $16 million in bus... Read More »

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 reaches agreement with teachers union

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 reaches agreement with teachers union

Susan Du, City Editor
September 11, 2012
Filed under City

The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board approved a new agreement with its teachers union Monday, the same day thousands of Chicago educators went on strike over unresolved contract negotiations. During a working meeting, District 65 board members unanimously ratified a new four-year contract... Read More »

Evanston residents, officials remember 9/11

Evanston residents, officials remember 9/11

Susan Du, City Editor
September 11, 2012
Filed under City

Evanston police, firefighters, aldermen and residents gathered at Fireman’s Park on Tuesday morning to commemorate the 11thanniversary of 9/11. The half-hour ceremony featured brief speeches by Fire Chief Greg Klaiber and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, as well as a prayer by fire chaplain David Jones. Attendees... Read More »

Evanston Police release 911 call that led to handcuffing of Northwestern prof's son

Susan Du, City Editor
September 9, 2012
Filed under Around Town

The Evanston Police Department released Friday an audio recording of the 911 call that led officers to mistakenly detain the 13-year-old son of a Northwestern journalism professor. Earlier this week, officers handcuffed Diwani Greenwell, the son of Medill Prof. Ava Thompson Greenwell, after they thought... Read More »

Evanston Police: Local boys may have been forced into burglary ring

Susan Du, City Editor
September 6, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual, Around Town

The Evanston Police Department is investigating whether three Chicago boys, ages 8 to 10, were coerced into working for a juvenile burglary ring that may be connected with several local crimes. The three boys were arrested Aug. 14 in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue, where the apartment of a 24-year-old... Read More »

Nationwide outbreak of West Nile virus prompts local measures

Susan Du, City Editor
August 28, 2012
Filed under City

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled adult mosquito spraying operations in response to one of the largest outbreaks of West Nile virus in U.S. history. The adult mosquito control program is “only undertaken when absolutely necessary,” according to the district. Six human... Read More »

Where to meet off campus

Susan Du, City Editor
August 27, 2012
Filed under Orientation Issue

When months’ worth of dirty laundry renders dorm conditions inhabitable, when “meet me at Norris” gets old and the trek down to Chicago is complicated by endless viaduct construction, Evanston’s many mom and pop hangouts are a reliable alternative to social eremitism. More widely known as... Read More »

Update: Armed robberies raise questions about NU alert system

Susan Du, City Editor
August 26, 2012
Filed under City

After three Northwestern students were robbed at gunpoint Sunday, some members of the NU community were informed through the University-wide email alert system, but others were left out of the loop. The incident was one of three armed robberies near campus last weekend, according to an Evanston Police... Read More »

Evanston Community Foundation hits milestone for local nonprofits

Susan Du
May 28, 2012
Filed under City, Local

This year, on the Evanston Community Foundation's 25th anniversary, the organization announced another milestone: It granted a record amount of money to local nonprofits. In an awards ceremony held Thursday in the ballroom of the North Shore... Read More »

Evanston Community Foundation appoints four new members to board

Susan Du
May 24, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

The Evanston Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization that allots grants for improving the city, appointed four new members to its board of directors. The appointees are Bill Blanchard, Naomi Lovinger, Eric Robison and Sandra... Read More »

Refreshing' exhibit features Korean art

Susan Du
May 22, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

New pizza restaurant opens on Central Street

Susan Du
May 15, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Three-week-old Just 8 is one of north Central Street's newest small businesses, but it would be hard to find if you didn't know where to look. Although the sign above the door at 2924 Central St, bears the name Curt's Cafe, the cafe only utilizes the location for half the day. The pizza and... Read More »

First LEND microloan paid back by Evanston barbershop owner

Susan Du
May 13, 2012
Filed under Business, Politics

A student-run microfinance organization was repaid in full Saturday for its first-ever loan, courtesy of recipient Ebony Barbershop in Evanston's 5th Ward. Lending for Evanston... Read More »

In Focus: A second chance at Curt's Cafe

Susan Du
May 13, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Latava Jones of the South Side has gotten up at 4 a.m. every day for the past three weeks to commute to her job as line manager at the newly opened Evanston restaurant Curt's Cafe. It's not exactly Jones' dream job - she hopes to work as a massage... Read More »

Evanston aldermen commit property for new Trader Joe's parking lot

Susan Du
May 8, 2012
Filed under City

The Evanston City Council committed Monday to acquiring properties and pursuing parking license agreements with developers for the site of a proposed Trader Joe's and its adjacent parking lot. Aldermen voted to devote more than $2 million from the city's parking fund to purchasing the approximately... Read More »

Evanston homeless shelters strive to survive

Susan Du
May 3, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

A March report from the Task Force on Homelessness report called for a "housing first" approach to end homelessness in Evanston, which has been the primary strategy of Connections for the Homeless for at least the past six years. The local homelessness advocacy organization spent several decades... Read More »

WineStyles owners win Evanston Chamber's annual small business award

Susan Du
May 3, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce honored WineStyles owners Maggie and Dean Noonan with the Small Business Person of the Year Award at its annual chamber meeting Tuesday. The award... Read More »

Town hall meeting addresses Illinois pension issues

Susan Du
May 1, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

GLENVIEW, Ill. - State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) held a pension town hall Monday to address constituents about two pension reform bills he introduced in mid-April to the Illinois General Assembly. The bills aim to adopt a cash balance... Read More »

ETHS tackles sexual assault

Susan Du
April 27, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Sexual Assault Awareness Month coincides this year with an ongoing criminal investigation of an alleged sexual assault incident at Evanston Township High School on April 16. Community organizations and individuals involved with the school say the point of sexual assault awareness is not to... Read More »

SESP Prof. Dan Lewis represents Northwestern on city's homelessness task force

Susan Du
April 26, 2012
Filed under Alumni, City

For SESP Prof. Dan Lewis, working on the city's Task Force on Homelessness fits naturally with a career's worth of social work, as well as his own experiences growing up in Chicago. Lewis, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, is... Read More »

Nonfiction author Nic Bishop visits Evanston schools, talks nature at EPL

Susan Du
April 25, 2012
Filed under Local

Globe-trotting writer and photographer Nic Bishop lived alternately in Bangladesh, Sudan, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom, growing up with tigers in his garden and falling asleep to jackals howling outside his window. As a professional... Read More »

Fraiche Bakery Cafe settles lawsuit with ex-chef over stolen recipes

Susan Du
April 19, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

State Rep. Biss introduces new pension bills

Susan Du
April 18, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) introduced two new bills Monday to the Illinois General Assembly that will address Illinois' massive $80 million pension debt, according to a news release. The two bills propose switching public employees' pension... Read More »

New Sherman Avenue creperie strives for authentic French flair

Susan Du
April 18, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston's mayor cut the ribbon April 12 on Creperie Saint-Germain, the second restaurant operated by Bistro Bordeaux owner Pascal Berthoumieux. The restaurant has been serving customers since Feb. 10. Since then, customers have been regularly filling the restaurant, 1512 Sherman Ave.,... Read More »

Evanston's state rep. Gabel talks pensions, deficit at town hall meeting

Susan Du
April 16, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Illinois State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) urged an audience at a town hall meeting Sunday to weigh in on Illinois' budget deficit, Medicaid cuts, overdue bills and pensions. The meeting, held at the ... Read More »

New Evanston day care to cater to Northwestern faculty

Susan Du
April 10, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which will open a child care center one block south of Northwestern's Evanston campus this fall, is renovating its newly acquired space, including the construction of a rooftop play place. The center, which will be located at 1629 ... Read More »

Evanston officials optimistic after feds, Great Lakes states reach offshore wind agreement

Susan Du
April 3, 2012
Filed under Local, State

The Obama administration and the governors of five Great Lakes states signed a memorandum of understanding Friday in support of developing offshore wind resources, advancing a concept Evanston officials have been pushing for years. The federal vote of confidence in renewable energy coincides... Read More »

Biss bill to end public university pension 'double-dipping' clears Illinois House

Susan Du
April 3, 2012
Filed under Local, State

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) passed legislation out of the House on March 31 to eliminate pension double-dipping at public universities. Pension double-dipping is the practice of returning to work as a retiree to simultaneously collect... Read More »

Northwestern Memorial Hospital to add Evanston office as part of northern expansion

Susan Du
April 2, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Northwestern Memorial Hospital plans to continue expanding by opening five new clinical offices in the northern suburban area, including an Evanston location on Maple Avenue that will open in November. The new offices will bring about 100 primary care physicians and 20 specialists to the North... Read More »

Despite 'checkered past,' Illinois ranks high for fighting corruption

Susan Du
April 2, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Illinois ranked tenth in the nation for fighting corruption, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity. Illinois is notorious for shady politics - four of the last eight Illinois governors have been sentenced to prison, including former Gov.... Read More »

New downtown Evanston cafe boasts unique steamed sandwiches

Susan Du
March 27, 2012
Filed under Business

Evanston's newest cafe doesn't serve the average sandwich. The Black Belt, explained Delbe's Corner owner Natasha ... Read More »

Studio SLK opens on Maple Avenue

Susan Du
March 26, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

The 1900 block of Maple Avenue, flanked by the El on one side and bustling Ridge Avenue on the other, seems like an unlikely destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. But behind the doors of newly opened Studio SLK is... Read More »

Amid Chicago violence, violent crime drops in Evanston

Susan Du
March 26, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

During the weekend of March 17 and 18, a six-year-old girl was gunned down in front of her home in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. Another victim, a 19-year-old man, was shot from a car in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue - only about 5 minutes by... Read More »

Gov. Quinn proposes raising mandatory attendance age in high schools

Susan Du
February 29, 2012
Filed under Local, State

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is urging state lawmakers to increase the "dropout age" for high school students from 17 to 18 in hopes such a policy would improve graduation rates. However, local school officials and educators are skeptical about the plan's... Read More »

Tornadoes devastate southern Illinois, Midwestern towns

Susan Du
February 29, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

At least six people died in southern Illinois as a series of tornadoes swept across the Midwest late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, creating a path of destruction through six states. Tornadoes also touched down in parts of Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska. Harrisburg,... Read More »

Q&A: Former alderman Jean-Baptiste running for full circuit court term

Susan Du
February 25, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Former Evanston Ald. Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2nd), an Evanston Township High School graduate and an attorney for 20 years, will seek a full term on the Cook County 9th... Read More »

Evanston renews funding for tech incubator

Susan Du
February 21, 2012
Filed under Business, City

Evanston City Council members voted 7-1 in favor of extending additional funding to Evanston's Technology Innovation Center at their Feb. 13 meeting. Although aldermen expressed concerns about the return value TIC has provided the local economy, the council ultimately decided to allot the technology... Read More »

Schoenberg announces support for Rahm's gun registry plan

Susan Du
February 12, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Illinois state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) has endorsed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to create a statewide gun registry in order to decrease gun violence, according to a... Read More »

Illinois Sen. Jeff Schoenberg introduces bill to clarify township dissolution

Susan Du
February 1, 2012
Filed under City, Local, State

State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) introduced a bill Wednesday that would clarify how Evanston could dissolve its township. The township of Evanston shares boundaries with the city, but its responsibilities are far less extensive.... Read More »

Evanston filmmaker examines women's rights in China

Susan Du
February 1, 2012
Filed under Local

Evanston resident May Tchao is a filmmaker whose current project, "Rise of the Phoenix," casts the issue of women's rights in China in the context of the country's rapid progress in recent years. Born in China, Tchao... Read More »

Northwestern alum, prof to receive Illinois funding for startups

Susan Du
January 31, 2012
Filed under Alumni, Local, State

The state's newly formed Invest Illinois Venture Fund's first investments will allocate $575,000 to two Chicago area startups, one founded by a Northwestern alumnus and another by an NU professor. The Invest Illinois Venture Fund is part of a $78 million Advantage Illinois program, which was... Read More »

Evanston's Kafein named 50th best college coffee shop in the nation

Susan Du
January 26, 2012
Filed under Business, Local

Northwestern students know Kafein, 1621 Chicago Ave., as a popular local haunt for artists, musicians and coffee junkies, and now the shop has won a national reputation for quality as well. New York City-based Complex Magazine recently... Read More »

Evanston alderman vote against redistricting wards

Susan Du
January 23, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

After spirited discussion Monday evening, Evanston aldermen considered but ultimately decided against redistricting the city's nine wards based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census. Steve Griffin, the city's director of community and economic... Read More »

City Council appoints members to Landlord Licensing Committee

Susan Du
January 23, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

City Council appoints members to Landlord Licensing Committee Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl appointed nine members to the newly created Landlord Licensing Committee on Monday night during the city council meeting. Members... Read More »

Northwestern students to assess Evanston health needs through survey

Susan Du
January 18, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Northwestern students enrolled in Introduction to International Public Health will administer a citywide survey to assess Evanston's community health needs. The survey is part of the Evanston Health Department's five-year plan to improve the city's health services. The 2011-2016 Evanston Project... Read More »

Ruby G's brings soul food to Evanston

Susan Du
January 15, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Simpson Street is littered with empty retail spaces, yet a smattering of recent business openings has made some 5th Ward community members optimistic about the area's economic prospects. Ald. Delores Holmes (5th), who participated in Ruby G's Soul... Read More »

New Illinois law: buckle up or pay up

Susan Du
January 9, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

More than 200 new state laws - traffic and otherwise - went into effect on New Year's Day, including one that requires all vehicular passengers, regardless of where they are seated, to wear seat belts at all times. Previously, only front seat passengers and children in the backseat were required... Read More »

Aldermen raise Evanston debt ceiling

Susan Du
January 9, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston aldermen voted Monday to raise the city's debt ceiling and authorized the adoption of an injured K-9 police dog. Aldermen also debated establishing new speed limits in the 9th Ward during their weekly city council meeting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Council members... Read More »

New owner optimistic about Evanston Plaza's future

Susan Du
January 3, 2012
Filed under Archive, Manual

The Evanston Plaza shopping center near the intersection of Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue has been jointly purchased by the WHI Real Estate Partners LLC and the Bonnie Management Corp.... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 21

Susan Du
November 20, 2011
Filed under City

Theft from hospital An employee at Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave., told police a theft occurred between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 18

Susan Du
November 17, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Teen threatened with knife, robbed An Evanston Township High School student was threatened with bodily harm and robbed in Adam Perry Park on Tuesday afternoon. At approximately 8:15 p.m., the student was walking with... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 17

Susan Du
November 16, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual, Crime

Church burglarized An unknown person broke into Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St., sometime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Evanston Police Department officers... Read More »

Over-occupancy discussions stall rental license decision

Susan Du
November 14, 2011
Filed under City

Evanston aldermen delayed voting on a rental licensing ordinance after a familiar topic stole the spotlight at Monday night's planning and development committee meeting. The proposed ordinance would require all landlords to apply for a rental license that would allow city officials to reevaluate... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 14

Susan Du
November 13, 2011
Filed under Crime

Woman reports ongoing threats An employee at 7-Eleven, 817 Davis St., flagged down officers on patrol Thursday to report she had been harassed at work. The employee told police a woman she knew came into the store sometime between 7 and 7:40 ... Read More »

Museum gets second start after spring fire

Susan Du
November 10, 2011
Filed under City, Local

Evanston's Site Plan and Appearance Review committee approved development plans for The Museum of Time and Glass on Nov. 3, breathing new life into a project halted by a major fire earlier this year. Architect Adam Wilmot said the museum... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 11

Susan Du
November 10, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Police arrest juvenile in aggravated robbery case A juvenile riding his bike the evening of Oct. 25 was threatened with a gun and robbed by two acquaintances. Police arrested the acquaintance with the gun Wednesday, according to an Evanston Police Department news release. On... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 10

Susan Du
November 9, 2011
Filed under Crime

Attempted cell-phone robbery A male Northwestern student walking in the South Quad and talking on his cell phone was nearly robbed of it Tuesday. The student was walking behind Cahn Auditorium and Scott Hall at approximately... Read More »

In Focus: City attempting to resolve pension crisis

Susan Du
November 7, 2011
Filed under City, State

The City of Evanston made small strides in addressing its current pension funding shortfall, according to the 2011 pension valuation report. Last month, the city's actuary determined that the police and firefighters' pension funds increased an estimated 5 percent from last year. Evanston currently... Read More »

Northwestern student robbed off campus

Susan Du
November 5, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual, Crime

A Northwestern student standing on the porch of his apartment was robbed early Sunday morning, according to an emergency alert from the University issued less than two hours later. At approximately 1:20 a.m., four male teenagers were walking... Read More »

Blotter: Nov. 3

Susan Du
November 2, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Man robbed at gunpoint A 53-year-old Evanston man was robbed of his cell phone Monday after three strangers accosted him in the street. Officers received a call at approximately 8:08 p.m. Monday from an Evanston resident... Read More »

Evanston resident creates 'fun' Constitution website

Susan Du
October 27, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Retired ad man Pat Shiplett, a history enthusiast, is combining expertise in art production and marketing with his love for history to spearhead an awareness campaign for a special client: the U.S.... Read More »

Blotter: Oct. 27

Susan Du
October 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Bike stolen from residential property on Hinman Avenue An eight-speed, bright green bike was stolen from residential property Monday. Evanston Police Department officers received a report of theft that occurred... Read More »

Evanston aldermen continue scrutinizing plastic bag tax proposal

Susan Du
October 25, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Discussion of a potential five-cent tax on carry-out bags in Evanston stalled at Monday's city council meeting after aldermen expressed concern with the lack of research done on the economic impact of the proposal. Members of the Evanston Environment Board presented their rationale... Read More »

Council weighs zoning, bed and breakfast

Susan Du
October 24, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Although township dissolution was a priority issue at Monday's Evanston City Council meeting, members also discussed zoning for a multifamily dwelling and allowing special use for a bed-and-breakfast. Mike Rourke, the owner of the development... Read More »

Outer southbound lane of Chicago Avenue to be closed for construction

Susan Du
October 20, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

This summer, the Chicago Transit Authority Board approved plans to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets. The contract also allows for repair of retaining walls along Chicago Avenue, according to a news release by the City of Evanston. It now appears work... Read More »

Blotter: Oct. 20

Susan Du
October 19, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Former Sodexo employee banned from NU campus University Police officers were dispatched to Sargent Hall, 2245 Sheridan Road, on Tuesday in response to a report of assault, Deputy... Read More »

Man falls onto CTA train tracks

Susan Du
October 17, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

A man fell on the Howard El tracks Monday morning and halted traffic for about 15 minutes, CTA officials told the Chicago Tribune. The man slipped and fell on the northbound tracks near Howard Street, missing the electrified third rail. He was not hit by a train, and police said emergency... Read More »

Student harrassed by unwelcome visitor

Susan Du
October 17, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Student harrassed by unwelcome visitor Officers responded to an off-campus residence Friday in reference to a report of harassment, University Police Deputy Chief Daniel McAleer... Read More »

Halloween stores irk local business owners

Susan Du
October 13, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

In a city devoted to commercial self-sustainability, several Evanston business owners are concerned seasonal Halloween stores do not contribute enough to the local economy. National franchise Spirit Halloween opened at 1700 Maple Ave. last month. It is currently the only entirely Halloween-themed... Read More »

Boy battered on Emerson Street

Susan Du
October 10, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston police officers on routine patrol observed a large group of juveniles loitering on the 1800 block of Emerson Street at approximately 10:33 p.m. Saturday. They were talking loudly and causing a disturbance, said ... Read More »

Fischl eyes 2013 mayoral bid

Susan Du
October 10, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Tom Fischl has not started preparing for his 2013 mayoral run yet, but that doesn't mean there's nothing on his mind. The 50-year-old small business owner said he is considering challenging Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in 2013, citing widespread... Read More »

Blotter: Oct. 11

Susan Du
October 10, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Student attempts to steal road sign University Police observed a student carrying a yellow street sign bearing the word "ahead" near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road early Sunday morning, Deputy Chief Dan McAleer... Read More »

Blotter: Oct. 5

Susan Du
October 3, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Intoxicated student refuses to pay cab fare Police were called to Sargent Residence Hall, 2245 Sheridan Road, on Sunday by a driver with Norshore Cab after an... Read More »

Argument on school ground led to stabbing

Susan Du
September 27, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

An Evanston woman was stabbed with a knife on Evanston Township High School grounds Tuesday, according to a news release from the Evanston Police Department. Police responded to ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., at approximately 7:50 ... Read More »

Blotter: Sept. 29

Susan Du
September 27, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Juvenile followed in street and bitten A girl on her way home from school was involved in a violent dispute with an acquaintance Tuesday, said Cmdr. Tom Guenther of the Evanston Police Department. She told police that as she was walking... Read More »

Man robbed on the street escapes bullet

Susan Du
September 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston man evades bullet A 24-year-old Evanston man walking alone at approximately 3 a.m. Friday was robbed at gunpoint. He had been on his way to a relative's house when he was confronted by a man in a black ski... Read More »

Social justice, fiscal responsibility dominate new school discussion

Susan Du
September 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

The question of whether to build a school in the Fifth Ward was met with concerns about its social justice as well as fiscal implications at Monday's District 65 board meeting. The minority-majority Fifth Ward is the only one in Evanston without its own elementary school. Since Foster School... Read More »

Health services dominate budget concerns

Susan Du
September 21, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Concerns about preserving funding for health services in Evanston were particularly prevalent among the approximately 20 attendants at Thursday's city budget input meeting. Before the meeting started, Debora Braun of Shore Community Services... Read More »

Blotter: Sept. 21

Susan Du
September 20, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Jeans stolen from consignment store An unknown suspect stole $100 worth of jeans from Stepping Out on Faith consignment shop, 1632 Orrington Ave., on Tuesday afternoon. At approximately 2:35 p.m. , Evanston police... Read More »

Blotter: Sept. 19

Susan Du
September 18, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston police search for home invasion suspects Home invasion suspects eluded police during a car chase Sunday evening and fled on foot, the Evanston Police Department wrote in a news release Monday. Police responded to the 1700 block of Monroe Street with regard... Read More »

Area cyclists celebrate summer's last stand

Susan Du
September 17, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

While some Northwestern students snoozed their Sunday morning away, nearly 2,000 eager bikers gathered at nearby Dawes Park to participate in the North Shore Century, reputed to be the North Shore's last major bike event of summer. Even though a light rain dampened most of the registration... Read More »

Blotter: Sept. 18

Susan Du
September 17, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Bicyclist dies after crashing into CTA bus An Evanston bicyclist died from injuries sustained during a collision with a CTA bus Sept. 12. According to a news release from the Evanston Police Department, the CTA bus was traveling on Dodge Avenue when Lane Swanson, 81,... Read More »

Blotter 5/26: Evanston boy batters classmate

Susan Du
May 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston boy batters classmate The father of a 13-year-old Evanston boy called police Saturday afternoon to report that his son was struck by a known offender, Evanston Police Cmdr. James Elliot said. The battered boy reported he was at the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.,... Read More »

Peregrine falcons hatch in Evanston Public Library's rooftop nest

Susan Du
May 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

The newest generation of peregrine falcons that hatched in Evanston Public Library's rooftop nest will be named and banded Tuesday. Eight generations of peregrines have nested at EPL, 1703 Orrington Ave., laying three or four eggs each year from which at least one baby falcon has always fledged... Read More »

Blotter 5/25: Evanston man found shot in thigh

Susan Du
May 25, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston man found shot in thigh A man was shot on the 700 block of Dewey Avenue on Tuesday. Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said police were dispatched to Dewey Avenue at 12:51 a.m. regarding shots fired in the area. Once they arrived on the scene, police... Read More »

Illinois Congress passes bill banning bath salt being used as drug

Susan Du
May 22, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

A bill banning bath salts, which caused the death of an Illinois woman last month, recently passed in both the Illinois House and Senate and now awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's approval. The type of bath salt targeted by lawmakers is not the kind typically sold in body care and aromatherapy shops... Read More »

Blotter 5/19: Man dents truck while complaining about leaf blower

Susan Du
May 18, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Police responded to Ewing Avenue on Wednesday in reference to a disturbance on the street. Officers spoke with a local landscaping employee who observed an unknown male jump in front of his truck and scream at him regarding his use of a leaf blower. During the argument, the man pounded his... Read More »

Philfest held indoors due to weather

Susan Du
May 15, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Because of rain and cold weather Saturday, Northwestern Students for Ecological and Environmental Development moved their annual concert, Philfest, indoors to the Louis Room of Norris University Center. Traditionally it is located on Norris's East Lawn. Communication junior Elliott Glass,... Read More »

Emanuel sworn in as Chicago mayor

Susan Du
May 15, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Thousands of people gathered in Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion Monday morning to witness Rahm Emanuel's inauguration as the 55th mayor of Chicago. Some, like Emanuel supporter John O'Malley, took a day off from work to experience the historic event. "This is a great opportunity... Read More »

Blotter 5/10: Intoxicated student falls down stairs at Bobb

Susan Du
May 9, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Student falls down basement stairs while intoxicated in Bobb Officers responded to Bobb Hall on Sunday in reference to a student who had fallen down the basement stairs, University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer said. Police found... Read More »

Expo seeks to inform about expungement process

Susan Du
May 3, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Attorneys will advise Evanston residents on the little-known legal service of clearing criminal records at the first Northern Cook County Informational Expungement Expo on May 21, according to a news release by the Youth Job Center of Evanston. Dorothy Brown, clerk of the Circuit Court of... Read More »

Blotter 5/3: Jar of jelly beans stolen from volunteer table

Susan Du
May 2, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Jellybeans stolen from Relay for Life sidewalk fundraiser Police received a walk-in report Sunday regarding a stolen jar of jellybeans, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. The person reported that she was fundraising for Relay for Life on the sidewalk on the 1700 block of Sherman... Read More »

Republican groups look to begin fundraising efforts for presidential elections

Susan Du
April 30, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

As the 2012 presidential elections draw near, Republican hopefuls continue to garner media attention as President Barack Obama has begun his re-election campaign. Obama announced his intention to run for re-election April 4, giving him the opportunity to start fundraising and organizing his... Read More »

Blotter 4/26: Tracking application leads police to general location of stolen iPhone 4G

Susan Du
April 26, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Armed robber ties up jewelry store clerk, loots display cases Evanston Police responded to Diadem Jewelers, 1613 Sherman Road, in reference to an armed robbery at approximately 11:15 p.m Tuesday. Police then spoke with the victim, an employee of Diadem Jewelers who... Read More »

Students divided over controversial iPhone tracking

Susan Du
April 24, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Apple Inc. has recently come under fire for allegedly tracking the location of its iPad and iPhone users in secret. The controversy surrounding the issue has caught the attention of German privacy watchdogs, the Korea Communications Commission, the Taipei City government, American lawmakers and Apple... Read More »

Blotter 4/21: Police find marijuana at Fiji house

Susan Du
April 20, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Fire alarm alerts police to cannabis use at Fiji house Police responded to the Phi Gamma Delta house Wednesday in reference to a fire alarm that went off, police said. Smoke and a strong odor emanated from a room on the third floor at the Fiji house, 2331 Sheridan Road, which prompted... Read More »

Canvassing organization's policies draws criticism from students

Susan Du
April 20, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Two weeks ago, yellow flyers advertising "Summer Jobs" and "Jobs for a Good Cause" were posted throughout the Northwestern campus. The Fund for the Public Interest had posted the ads, looking to appeal to advocacy-minded students seeking jobs this summer. Students recruited by the Fund for... Read More »

NU students help close the achievement gap at ETHS through tutoring program

Susan Du
April 20, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

While most employees dread the thought of losing their jobs, Project EXCITE coordinator Kourtney Cockrell embraces it. She oversees a tutoring initiative that seeks to bridge the achievement gap between white and minority students at Evanston Township High School. The collaborative project... Read More »

Blotter 4/19: Feces discovered in dorm showers

Susan Du
April 18, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Vandalism in Bobb and McCulloch bathrooms will cost more than $1,000 to repair Between 12:30 and 2:45 a.m. Sunday, police met with a community assistant in Bobb Hall, who reported unknown persons forcibly removed a water fountain from the wall by unknown means, causing a large... Read More »

Photos: Spring Egg-Stravaganza

Susan Du
April 17, 2011
Filed under Multimedia

Fire chief accused of 'double dipping' on pension

Susan Du
April 16, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

When then-Evanston Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky retired last May, he wanted a vacation and a chance to see "what it's like to be bored." But when Berkowsky came out of retirement and returned to service April 4, this time as Winnetka Fire Department's fire chief, some residents questioned the integrity... Read More »

March champions peace in Evanston, criticizes rise in violence

Susan Du
April 10, 2011
Filed under City

Evanston residents marched down Dodge Avenue on Saturday to protest the increase of violence and homicide in the city over the past few years. Protestors chanted "Unity!" and "Peace in our community" while bearing signs reading "I choose life." The Evanston-based group Moms Saving Our... Read More »

Budget cuts threaten AmeriCorps

Susan Du
April 6, 2011
Filed under City

The new GOP-proposed federal budget plan would cut over $4 trillion over the course of the next decade, including 100 percent of federal AmeriCorps funding, jeopardizing the future of the national service. AmeriCorps, which has been described as the domestic Peace Corps, enables adults of... Read More »

Proposed federal budget cuts threaten American Corps.

Susan Du
April 6, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Evanston parents can breathe a sigh of relief as there is now a place to put all of their children's old LEGOs. The Evanston Public Library is taking donations to start a new LEGO Club. The club will be a recurring meeting of children who want to play with LEGOs and learn at the same time.... Read More »

D65, D202 school board candidates to be elected Tuesday

Susan Du
April 3, 2011
Filed under City

Evanston residents will head to the polls Tuesday to elect new school board members for Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and District 202. As both districts confront budget cuts and proposals of a state-mandated school consolidation, Tuesday's election will set the tone for the big changes in the... Read More »

Giordano Dance School finalizes move out of Evanston

Susan Du
March 30, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

Giordano Dance School recently announced via its Facebook page that it will relocate to Andersonville in June, affecting many Northwestern students who are taking dance classes there. The school, currently located half a mile from campus at 614 Davis St., is moving to a new location on 5230... Read More »

Fire destroys Evanston historical home

Susan Du
March 27, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

The cause of a huge fire that broke out the night of Mar. 15 is still under investigation, Evanston fire department officials said. The fire destroyed a historical house, 1560 Oak Ave., beyond repair and caused damages to neighboring establishments. Despite the size of the extra-alarm fire,... Read More »

In Focus: Saferide weighs establishing advisory board to improve effectiveness

Susan Du
March 1, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived), In Focus

Although she has called SafeRide several times this year, Alice Li has never been able to use the service. Each time, she has been asked to wait for too long. "One of my biggest qualms with SafeRide is that when you call, they say they'll take at least an hour to get to you," the Medill... Read More »

Grad student nabs $30,000 art prize

Susan Du
March 1, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Campus (Archived)

Second-year graduate student Cameron Crawford's portfolio of sculptures and photography collages won the 2011 Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. The prize, which also includes $30,000, is meant to recognize the creative potential of amateur artists and to provide... Read More »

Sheil fireside hosts Chicago archbishop

Susan Du
February 28, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

The archbishop of Chicago spoke with about 60 Northwestern students and Evanston residents at the Sheil Catholic Center on Monday about the complexities of being young and Catholic in an increasingly secular world. Seated before the fireplace at the lower level of Sheil, Cardinal Francis George... Read More »

NOM hosts TinyDog Cupcake promotion event

Susan Du
February 23, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Red velvet, peanut butter with chocolate ganache frosting and banana with buttercream frosting and chocolate chips: These were only a few TinyDog Cupcake flavors Northwestern students were invited to taste at Annenberg Hall on Wednesday. The owner of Evanston's TinyDog Cupcake spoke to an... Read More »

Students joke their way into stand-up comedy competition

Susan Du
February 22, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Twelve Northwestern students competed in a stand-up competition Tuesday night covering topics such as narcolepsy, situations that produce sweat, the "son of Gump" and life philosophies as told through a series of rock analogies. They vied to be among eight contestants forming an NU team to... Read More »

McSA shares Islam with NU

Susan Du
February 21, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Islam Awareness Week 2011, "Uniting for Action: Faith and Justice through the Prophetic Example," began Monday with a fireside led by Dr. Kamran Riaz on the life of Muhammad and the legacy he left modern Muslims on issues of social morality. "Being a Muslim is not just about praying five times... Read More »

NU minister combines psychology, prayer

Susan Du
February 19, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Campus minister Beth Knobbe led a prayer workshop at Sheil Catholic Center on Saturday, which was attended by 12 Sheil associates and Evanston residents as well as one student. The workshop explored various prayer styles and how different personalities may benefit from different approaches... Read More »

Presentation explains, celebrates Baha'i history

Susan Du
February 14, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Lewis Walker, an assistant archivist for the Baha'i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, gave a lecture in Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Road, on Monday. The Northwestern Baha'i Club hosted the lecture, titled "Documenting the Role of Americans in A World Birth." Walker... Read More »

Northwestern to host national Jewish convention

Susan Du
February 2, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

About 100 Jewish students from colleges throughout the Midwest will head to Northwestern from Feb. 24-27 for the 21st annual KOACH Kallah, a national Jewish convention. The Kallah is organized by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and will feature discussions of what it means to... Read More »

DM competition raises money and appetites

Susan Du
January 29, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

Deep-fried clementine, key lime cupcakes and citrus guacamole - these were just some of the dishes to come out of the kitchen at Dance Marathon's Top Chef competition Saturday. More than 100 students attended the event, held at Now We're Cookin' cooking school, 1601 Payne St. Fifteen teams... Read More »

Artist in residences shows work

Susan Du
January 25, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

A portfolio presentation by visiting artist Hamra Abbas Wednesday fostered a discussion of iconography in popular culture and contemporary art among students of the art theory and practice department. "Typically, visiting artists are chosen by invitation only through the department," said... Read More »

Northwestern to get new vice president of student affairs in summer

Susan Du
January 23, 2011
Filed under Administration, Campus (Archived)

Patricia Telles-Irvin, a veteran University of Florida administrator who has shown a large interest in alcohol policy and was recently named president-elect of an 11,000-member group of college student affairs employees, will be Northwestern's next vice president for student affairs, the University... Read More »

Religious groups emphasize community over membership

Susan Du and Susan Du
January 8, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

During the past week, many Northwestern students have been engaging in a highly choreographed search for a "new home" in a fraternity or sorority. In a similar search for community, many NU students spend their freshman year - and beyond - connecting to their faith in a more familiar "home." NU... Read More »

Religious groups emphasize community over membership

Susan Du and Susan Du
January 8, 2011
Filed under Campus (Archived)

During the past week, many Northwestern students have been engaging in a highly choreographed search for a "new home" in a fraternity or sorority. In a similar search for community, many NU students spend their freshman year - and beyond - connecting to their faith in a more familiar "home." NU... Read More »

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher talks to Northwestern students on Chicago campus

Susan Du
October 27, 2010
Filed under Archive, Manual

If health disparities had been eradicated in the last century, 84,500 African American lives could have been saved, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States said Thursday night. Speaking at the Feinberg School of Medicine's 2010 John H. Hollister Lecture, David Satcher sought to reach out to... Read More »

Northwestern students celebrate culture in open mic night

Susan Du
October 21, 2010
Filed under Campus (Archived), Lifestyle

The Gathering Place at Norris University Center was transformed Thursday night into an intimate coffeehouse setting, illuminated by the soft hue of tea-lights and splashes of color from ethnic placemats draped over the ordinarily austere white tables. About 60 students soon filled the tables... Read More »

Evanston's Green Living Festival promotes use of ecofriendly practices at home

Susan Du
October 4, 2010
Filed under Archive, Manual

Tap water is good. Halogen light bulbs are bad. Nearly anything remotely biotic can be composted. A house could be designed with basic "sustainable architecture" mantras to maximize its harvest of passive solar energy. These are only a few of the tenets of living an eco-conscious life that... Read More »