We Will: Northwestern's multibillion-dollar fundraising campaign

Edward Cox, Video Editor
April 23, 2014
Filed under Multimedia, Video

Northwestern hopes to benefit students through "We Will," a multibillion dollar fundraising campaign.

Northwestern researchers discuss synthetic biology

Edward Cox, Video Editor
April 9, 2014
Filed under Multimedia, Video

Updates to dining service systems cause some WildCARD issues

Edward Cox, Video Editor
April 8, 2014
Filed under Campus, Latest Stories

Students who lost or had their original WildCARD missing were delayed in dining hall lines last week due to technical difficulties stemming from updates to Northwestern's meal swipe system. In order to remedy the issue, dining hall employees directed affected students to the WildCARD office to update... Read More »

Youth organization plans to move into Boocoo space

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
March 5, 2014
Filed under Business, City, Local

A youth organization has signed a purchase agreement to move into the space formerly occupied by Boocoo Cultural Center and Cafe. We Want To Live spokesman Bobby Burns said the volunteer-run group hopes to move into the space, 1823 Church St., in September. We Want To... Read More »

Dajae Coleman Foundation awards first annual achievement scholarship

Dajae Coleman Foundation awards first annual achievement scholarship

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
March 2, 2014
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, Local, Top Stories

The nonprofit inspired by slain 14-year-old Dajae Coleman awarded its first annual achievement scholarships Sunday to local students. The Dajae Coleman Foundation, created after the Evanston teen's shooting death, awarded the inaugural Dajae Coleman Achievement Award and accompanying $1,000 scholarship to... Read More »

City Council discusses Robert Crown Center renovations

City Council discusses Robert Crown Center renovations

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 24, 2014
Filed under Business, City, Politics, Top Stories

City Council discussed options Monday to renovate or replace the Robert Crown Center. A subcommittee met to consider the financial costs associated with the pending project, which may receive an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant worth $2.5 million. City Council passed a resolution... Read More »

Former Sustained Dialogue group plans to launch communal closet project

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 23, 2014
Filed under Campus, Student Groups

A group of Northwestern students are planning a communal on-campus wardrobe to benefit those who cannot afford to spend money on formal attire.    About 10 students who participated in Sustained Dialogue are gathering feedback through an... Read More »

South Evanston park district creates hiring policy amid nepotism concerns

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 18, 2014
Filed under City, Politics

A park district in south Evanston created a new hiring policy this month after a board member raised concerns about nepotism. Ridgeville Park District commissioners approved a policy Thursday requiring a consensus of at least three board members when candidates with close relations to park district... Read More »

MARS video expresses support for sexual assault victims

MARS video expresses support for sexual assault victims

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 18, 2014
Filed under Campus, Faculty, Student Groups, Top Stories

To show support for survivors of sexual abuse, Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault created a short clip featuring students reading messages of encouragement. In the video, student leaders from various student groups read aloud supportive statements written on a whiteboard behind them. The video,... Read More »

ASG introduces new position to back student clubs

ASG introduces new position to back student clubs

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 13, 2014
Filed under Administration, ASG Elections, Campus, Student Government

Associated Student Government president Ani Ajith proposed creating a new position Wednesday that would work more closely with student groups. The new position, vice president of student activities, will be discussed at an open forum meeting next week, and the Senate will vote on it Feb. 26. As... Read More »

City Council gives Evanston Art Center additional time to vacate Harley Clarke mansion

City Council gives Evanston Art Center additional time to vacate Harley Clarke mansion

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 10, 2014
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

City Council approved a measure Monday night granting the Evanston Art Center four additional months to leave its current location at the Harley Clarke mansion. Council approved a motion from Ald. Jane Grover (7th) to give the art center until the end of January 2015 to... Read More »

In light of ETHS camera concerns, Northwestern police say surveillance does not raise many privacy issues

In light of ETHS camera concerns, Northwestern police say surveillance does not raise many privacy issues

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 7, 2014
Filed under Administration, Campus, Top Stories

As the city encounters resistance from residents worried about plans to line the streets leading to Evanston Township High School with cameras, University Police say surveillance has become an integral enforcement tool that doesn't raise... Read More »

Northwestern, Evanston collaborating on apprenticeship program

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 5, 2014
Filed under Business, City, Education, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston will launch a pre-apprenticeship program to train residents for unionized construction jobs, including those on Northwestern's campuses. In a news conference at the end of the month, the city will announce details about the program, said Joe McRae, director of parks, recreation and community... Read More »

Skate park proposal to undergo city deliberation

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
February 4, 2014
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

A community effort to bring back a skate park to Evanston is gaining momentum. A committee including city officials and a Northwestern professor will hold their first meeting about the feasibility of constructing a skate park on Tuesday. The discussions come amid residents' concerns about the lack... Read More »

Northwestern professors, students react to State of the Union

Northwestern professors, students react to State of the Union

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 28, 2014
Filed under Campus, Faculty, Student Groups, Top Stories

President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday before a divided Congress ahead of November's midterm elections. About 20 members of College Democrats gathered inside the McCormick Tribune Center to watch the address. Throughout... Read More »

Northwestern alum creates Snapchat-like app

Northwestern alum creates Snapchat-like app

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 26, 2014
Filed under Alumni, Campus, Science & Technology, Top Stories

A new social media app called Secret Square, released Friday in the Apple App Store, embodies a Northwestern alumnus’ crusade for online privacy.  Founded by Steve Tarzia, who received his doctorate from NU in 2011, the Snapchat-like app allows users to send content through the... Read More »

Gov. Pat Quinn rallies Evanston Democrats at endorsement event

Gov. Pat Quinn rallies Evanston Democrats at endorsement event

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 26, 2014
Filed under City, Politics, State, Top Stories

Gov. Pat Quinn fired up Evanston Democrats on Sunday afternoon. Alds. Mark Tendam (6th) and Jane Grover (7th) ... Read More »

Help centers for sexual abuse victims plan to move into Civic Center

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 22, 2014
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Two nonprofit organizations plan to relocate their Evanston offices to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, where they will offer free services to victims of sexual abuse. City Council authorized the city manager to carry out the lease agreement Jan. 13, allowing employees of Northwest Center... Read More »

Norris Center ice skate rentals strong through cold winter

Norris Center ice skate rentals strong through cold winter

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 21, 2014
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

The number of ice skate rentals at the Norris University Center has climbed this winter, aided by recent spells of cold weather. Norris Outdoors has loaned about 400 pairs of ice skates since it opened following Winter Break, supervisor Chandler Dutton said. The recreation office,... Read More »

Evanston commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with performances, speeches

Evanston commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with performances, speeches

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 20, 2014
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, his dream is still a distant goal, Evanston residents said Monday at a community event. In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Youth Organizations Umbrella organized... Read More »

City Council discusses weather woes, Davis Street fire recovery

City Council discusses weather woes, Davis Street fire recovery

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 13, 2014
Filed under City, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston staff and a handful of residents revisited the December fire that destroyed three Davis Street businesses and the winter storms that resulted in a snow emergency during Monday's City Council meeting, its first of 2014. Evanston fire department Chief Greg Klaiber showed residents a video... Read More »

Real estate website awards local homeless organization $10K

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 12, 2014
Filed under City, Local

Real estate website Apartments.com awarded Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless a $10,000 grant last month to support the group’s efforts to keep the homeless off the streets. Connections for the Homeless is one of five municipal organizations to win the maximum grant amount distributed through... Read More »

As architect selected for new research building, Prentice tops list of historic sites lost

As architect selected for new research building, Prentice tops list of historic sites lost

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 9, 2014
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Prentice Women’s Hospital tops a list of historic sites lost in 2013, according to a report released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group is part of the Save Prentice Coalition, which lost its case to preserve the clover leaf-shaped building after the Commission... Read More »

Federal report details preventing invasive species spread to Great Lakes

Federal report details preventing invasive species spread to Great Lakes

Edward Cox, Assistant Web Editor
January 8, 2014
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report Monday focused on how to prevent the spread of invasive species between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin. The report, titled the “Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study," takes a closer look at man-made and natural waterways... Read More »

Zipcar likely coming to Evanston campus in early 2014

Edward Cox, Reporter
December 11, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Latest Stories

The national car-sharing service Zipcar will likely expand into Northwestern’s Evanston campus in early 2014, a University official said. The University agreed to allow the car-sharing service on campus in November and is now waiting until garages on North and South campus are completed to seal... Read More »

Residential Services kicks off program to offer finals help during Reading Period

Edward Cox, Reporter
December 7, 2013
Filed under Academic, Administration, Campus, Latest Stories

Northwestern Residential Services partnered with librarians and University writing tutors to offer help for finals assignments during Reading Period. Throughout the week, librarians and writing consultants from The Writing Place staked out dining halls and residential halls in hopes of providing... Read More »

City works with transportation group to improve Evanston biking

City works with transportation group to improve Evanston biking

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 26, 2013
Filed under City, Local

A Chicago non-profit transportation organization has presented Evanston with a leadership award for making its transportation more environmentally friendly and accessible to residents. In addition to the city, the Active Transportation Alliance has given the Public Leadership Award to Chicago aldermen,... Read More »

University Library replaces Mac chargers, takes preventative measures

University Library replaces Mac chargers, takes preventative measures

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 22, 2013
Filed under Blogs, On Campus, Top Stories

University Library has replenished its supply of six Macbook chargers available for rent a few weeks after its last one came back broken in October. After the chargers kept by the circulation desk ended up either stolen or broken, the library decided to purchase replacements, said Alice Tippit, circulation... Read More »

Tisdahl proposes increasing security cameras in corridors to ETHS

Tisdahl proposes increasing security cameras in corridors to ETHS

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 22, 2013
Filed under City, Crime

The city is considering applying for a county grant to buy more security cameras for the streets leading to Evanston Township High School, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced Thursday night. At a 5th Ward meeting, Tisdahl floated the idea to about 20 people at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center,... Read More »

Feinberg pathologist Piotr Kulesza pushed for care, research collaboration

Feinberg pathologist Piotr Kulesza pushed for care, research collaboration

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 20, 2013
Filed under Campus, Faculty, Latest Stories

As the director of the pathology core facility at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, a physician and a Feinberg School of Medicine professor, Piotr Kulesza brought energy and humor to his work, colleagues said Tuesday. Kulesza, known as “Peter,” died from a fall Sunday at a hotel... Read More »

Youth Job Center secures Chicago grant, provides internship opportunities to Evanston youth

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 15, 2013
Filed under City, Education, Local

Evanston Youth Job Center has partnered with Oakton Community College to lead job training courses for young people starting in January. The job center received a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust in October to offer an automobile maintenance course for young people who... Read More »

As FDA seeks trans fats ban, Evanston restaurants have cut down ingredient

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 13, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local, National

Evanston restaurants and food makers will have to get rid of trans fats in their products should the Food and Drug Administration’s steps to ban the ingredient come to fruition. The FDA cited the safety hazards of trans fats Thursday as it prepared to outlaw the substance, which Evanston restaurant... Read More »

Confusion over landmark designated homes sparks reform

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 7, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Evanston is striving to make its historic homes more recognizable after two homeowners ran into trouble trying to replace the windows of their landmark residence. In last Monday’s City Council meeting, Evanston resident David Kimbell secured most aldermen's support for replacing... Read More »

Residential Services brings class previews to student residences

Residential Services brings class previews to student residences

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 4, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Latest Stories

A new branch of Northwestern Residential Services on Monday launched a series of mini-lectures that allow professors to discuss their upcoming courses in student residences. Professors will introduce their courses for the next quarter as part of “Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You.” The program... Read More »

Community assistants organize haunted house for charity

Community assistants organize haunted house for charity

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 31, 2013
Filed under Campus, Events, Latest Stories

Students dressed up as Jigsaw, a surgeon and monks with blood strewn over their faces haunted the basement of Seabury Hall on a rainy Wednesday night. Residential Services oversaw the haunted house, which community advisors from Foster-Walker Complex and Seabury organized weeks in advance. Community... Read More »

City Council passes liquor license for first Evanston brewpub

City Council passes liquor license for first Evanston brewpub

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 29, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Evanston City Council approved a liquor license on Monday night for the city's first brewpub, bringing it closer to a December opening. The co-owners of Peckish Pig, 623 Howard St., named it after the British slang term for “hungry” and their brewmaster’s references to the beers he crafts as... Read More »

University Library puts Mac charger loan service on hold

University Library puts Mac charger loan service on hold

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 22, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Student Government, Top Stories

Students without laptop chargers in University Library will find their Apple computer batteries on life support after the circulation desk's last available rental charger came back broken last week. The library began loaning out chargers last year in an endeavor supported by more than $1,000 from... Read More »

Evanston looks to fill downtown arts panel

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 22, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

The city is beginning its recruitment process for a committee that will decide whether a performing arts center in downtown Evanston is viable. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is looking to appoint nine members to staff the Downtown Performing Arts Center Task Force, which will include Downtown Evanston executive... Read More »

School of Law Blackboard accounts deleted

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 18, 2013
Filed under Blogs, On Campus

Northwestern School of Law's Blackboard accounts vanished from the educational content management system site Monday, only to be restored a day later. The law courses were deleted by accident during a maintenance event on Monday, said Wendy Woodward, director of Northwestern University Information... Read More »

Evanston youth group hosts video game tournament, offers job opportunities

Evanston youth group hosts video game tournament, offers job opportunities

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 14, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City

The shrieks of teenagers playing a newly released basketball video game filled Boocoo Cultural Center and Cafe  in an event designed to keep Evanston youth off the streets Saturday. The youth group We Want To Live organized the event, in which 16 young people competed in an "NBA... Read More »

Northwestern debuts new pricing strategy for Ohio State game

Northwestern debuts new pricing strategy for Ohio State game

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 8, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Top Stories

Saturday's sold-out game against Ohio State attests to the success of its new ticket-pricing strategy, a Northwestern economist leading the effort said. Kellogg Profs. Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga came up with the idea, deemed "Purple Pricing," which... Read More »

Developers to break ground on luxury apartments in downtown Evanston

Developers to break ground on luxury apartments in downtown Evanston

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 3, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

Developers will break ground Tuesday on what is touted as the first luxury rental apartment complex in downtown Evanston. The development will consist of a row of 12 town homes in front of high-rise apartments located at 1881 Oak Ave. and 1890 Maple Ave. The twin high-rise apartment... Read More »

California startup brings free loaner bikes to Northwestern

California startup brings free loaner bikes to Northwestern

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 2, 2013
Filed under Campus, Events, Student Groups

A California-based startup that loans bikes for free to college students has established its presence at Northwestern. SESP sophomore Connor Regan, a former Daily columnist, is directing the NU business operations of the FreeBike Project, which covers operational costs through... Read More »

West Evanston wellness center holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

West Evanston wellness center holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 1, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

When Nancy Floy’s tenant moved out of a warehouse adjacent to her west Evanston wellness center in June 2012, her business lost a reliable source of revenue. More than a year later, Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St., has roughly doubled in size and drawn more practitioners offering expanded... Read More »

ETHS students start first year without class ranking

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
August 30, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Evanston Township High School students started their first year without class ranking this week, the result of a nearly unanimous decision over the summer. On June 24, the District 202 board voted 6-1 to discontinue the practice at ETHS and 5-2 to do so immediately with 2014's graduating class. Pete... Read More »

Northwestern places 30th in international ranking

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
August 18, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Latest Stories, On Campus, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Northwestern remains the 30th best university in the world for the second year in a row, according to Shanghai Jai Tong University. The Chinese school released its Academic Ranking of World Universities on Thursday, putting Harvard University,... Read More »

Hunger strikers to march to Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
August 11, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Patients will march today to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and demand to speak with its management about its organ transplant policy, according to an organizer. The march, which begins at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Mission, comes after 14 patients concluded a week-long hunger... Read More »

Northwestern student pens housing report for Evanston

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
August 6, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, State, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A Northwestern student authored a report this summer on how Evanston is using a federal grant to redevelop foreclosed homes in the city's poorest areas. As an intern this spring for Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, rising Weinberg senior William McLaughlin wrote the city's update on the Neighborhood Stabilization... Read More »

School of Law gift to boost profession at uncertain time, dean says

School of Law gift to boost profession at uncertain time, dean says

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 28, 2013
Filed under Academic, Administration, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A Northwestern alumnus's $10 million gift to the School of Law will help support and prepare graduates entering a profession in flux, Dean Daniel Rodriguez said Thursday. The University announced Tuesday that NU trustee J. Landis Martin (Kellogg ’68, Law ‘73) and his wife made their largest contribution... Read More »

Northwestern trustee, wife give $10 million to School of Law

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 25, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Latest Stories, On Campus, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A Northwestern trustee and his wife have given a $10 million unrestricted gift to the School of Law, the University announced Tuesday. The school received the contribution from J. Landis "Lanny" Martin (Kellogg '68, Law '73). The Denver businessman and his wife Sharon have donated to NU for more... Read More »

Northwestern study: Some young adults pay more attention to social media privacy than others

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 21, 2013
Filed under Academic, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Some young adults may be more likely than others to manage their presence on social media with employers in mind, according to a new study by Northwestern researchers. Hispanics are least likely to manage their privacy settings on their online profiles while their white peers tend to be more self-conscious... Read More »

Fitch lowers Evanston's credit rating

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 18, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Fitch Ratings today became the second agency to knock Evanston’s credit rating a notch below the highest possible score, also pointing to the city’s sizable unfunded pension liabilities. The downgrade from AAA to AA+ comes a few weeks after Moody’s Investor Services lowered the city’s credit rating for... Read More »

Tisdahl to recognize 3 lifeguards for rescue mission

Tisdahl to recognize 3 lifeguards for rescue mission

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 13, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl on Monday will recognize three lifeguards who rescued a man from a sunken boat. Lifeguards David Altman and Jack Killheffer embarked on a rescue mission the morning of July 2 after receiving a broken-up distress signal while lifeguard Tudor Byas managed radio communications,... Read More »

Evanston aldermen put off weapons ban vote, approve Pritzker bed-and-breakfast

Evanston aldermen put off weapons ban vote, approve Pritzker bed-and-breakfast

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 9, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, The Summer Northwestern 2013, Top Stories

Evanston aldermen delayed voting on a proposed assault weapons ban Monday night as they took on three issues that have repeatedly sparked heated debate over the past few months. The ban was held for discussion until council's next meeting after Ald. Don Wilson (4th) said the current legislation may... Read More »

Northwestern researchers hit 'bull's eye' with Alzheimer's molecule

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 5, 2013
Filed under Academic, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Northwestern researchers are a step closer to marketing a molecular compound that targets Alzheimer’s disease in humans. NU scientists created a drug-like molecule that successfully treated memory loss in test runs using mice, Feinberg Prof. Valerie Tokars said. She attributed the discovery to... Read More »

Evanston credit rating downgrade driven by pension liabilities

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 4, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Moody’s Investor Services' downgrade of Evanston’s credit rating last week may make it more expensive for the city to borrow money as it seeks to pay off outsized pension liabilities. The downgrade dropped the city one rung below a perfect credit score for the second time in about two years. The... Read More »

Moody's downgrades Evanston's credit rating

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 29, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Moody’s Investor Services downgraded Evanston’s credit rating from the highest possible score Thursday, citing the city's pension liabilities. The lowering from Aaa to Aa1 by the bond credit rating agency was caused in part by more conservative calculations of the pension liabilities of Evanston... Read More »

Professor's resignation puts town-gown relations front and center

Professor's resignation puts town-gown relations front and center

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 26, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, The Summer Northwestern 2013, Top Stories

An Evanston resident for more than 40 years, John Blades has watched Northwestern students gradually make up a larger part of his neighborhood in the 2000 block of Maple Avenue. Throughout occasional late-night parties, he and his wife have maintained a friendly relationship with student neighbors... Read More »

Evanston adds to Fourth of July activities to mark city's 150th anniversary

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 25, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Evanston is expanding its Fourth of July festivities as part of this year's celebration of the city's 150th anniversary. The Evanston 4th of July Association and city have together contributed $20,000 in additional funds for extra fireworks and a larger parade, association members announced at Monday's... Read More »

Introduction of Evanston assault weapons ban proposal sparks heated debate

Introduction of Evanston assault weapons ban proposal sparks heated debate

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 25, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, The Summer Northwestern 2013, Top Stories

The introduction of an assault weapons ban pitted gun hobbyists against advocates for fewer firearms at Monday night's City Council meeting. Backed by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl as a step toward a safer community, the ordinance would ban the display, sale and possession of guns with a high-ammunition... Read More »

Photo gallery: Commencement 2013

Photo gallery: Commencement 2013

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 21, 2013
Filed under Latest Stories, Multimedia, Photo Gallery, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Ballet virtuoso Mikhail Baryshnikov challenged the class of 2013 this morning to think of success on its own terms as it sets out into the post-graduate world. "Do not make your goal to be the best. 'Best' is a label. It's something someone else decides for you," Baryshnikov told more than 1,000... Read More »

Strong winds, rain threaten Custer's Last Stand arts festival

Strong winds, rain threaten Custer's Last Stand arts festival

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 17, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Custer’s Last Stand vendors battled strong gusts and protected their wares early Sunday morning in preparation for the last day of the 42nd annual arts festival. Police and fire officials warned the event's organizer, the Piccolo Theatre, that adverse weather conditions could affect the fair's electrical... Read More »

Video: Hewn Bakery opens on Dempster Street

Video: Hewn Bakery opens on Dempster Street

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 16, 2013
Filed under Latest Stories, Multimedia, The Summer Northwestern 2013, Video

Ellen King decided to start Hewn Bakery with her friend Julie Matthei to turn her home baking style — known for its careful attention to shaping dough — into a business. The artisan bread shop, which opened last week at 810 Dempster St., lives up to its rustic name with corrugate metal panels... Read More »

Photo gallery: Dajae Coleman Foundation kick-off event

Photo gallery: Dajae Coleman Foundation kick-off event

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 15, 2013
Filed under Dajae Coleman, Latest Stories, Multimedia, Photo Gallery, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Members of the Dajae Coleman Foundation met for the first time Saturday and prepared to launch youth-oriented initiatives in memory of the Evanston teen who was killed last fall. Friends and family of the 14-year-old Dajae, affectionately known as “Dae Dae,” gathered at the Mason Park field house... Read More »

Dajae Coleman Foundation plans youth programs to honor slain Evanston teen

Dajae Coleman Foundation plans youth programs to honor slain Evanston teen

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
June 15, 2013
Filed under City, Crime, Dajae Coleman, The Summer Northwestern 2013, Top Stories

Members of the Dajae Coleman Foundation met for the first time Saturday and prepared to launch youth-oriented initiatives in memory of the Evanston teen who was killed last fall. Friends and family of the 14-year-old Dajae, affectionately known as “Dae Dae,” gathered at the Mason Park field house... Read More »

Feinberg professor says he wrote anonymous resignation letter singling out student conduct

Feinberg professor says he wrote anonymous resignation letter singling out student conduct

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
June 12, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

Feinberg Prof. Mark Waymack said Tuesday night he authored the anonymous resignation letter read at this week's City Council meeting. Waymack, an adjunct associate professor in the medical school's department of humanities and bioethics, wrote he will leave his job and move from his home in the... Read More »

Updated: Northwestern faculty member resigns in letter read to Evanston City Council

Updated: Northwestern faculty member resigns in letter read to Evanston City Council

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
June 11, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

A Northwestern faculty member is leaving the university because he believes administrators cannot control student misbehavior, Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) said Monday night, reading a letter from the longtime resident at a City Council meeting. Fiske said the letter, which is addressed to University President... Read More »

Updated: Evanston aldermen back second Pritzker bed-and-breakfast

Updated: Evanston aldermen back second Pritzker bed-and-breakfast

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
June 11, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, Top Stories

City Council on Monday voted to begin debate on a special use permit for a second bed-and-breakfast owned by Evanston billionaire James N. Pritzker. Aldermen voted 7-2 to formally introduce the ordinance. The vote reversed an earlier decision from the city's zoning board of appeals that narrowly... Read More »

3D printing shop opens in Evanston

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
June 6, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

Children and adults gathered around the Cube, watching the 3D printer ooze plastic into the shape of a ring. The demonstration was part of a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday night at GetPrinting3D, 820 Davis St. The 3D printing shop, located in Evanston's Technology Innovation Center, is one of the... Read More »

Air conditioner ignites in apartment complex near Evanston lakefront

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
June 3, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

An air conditioner caught fire this evening on the second floor of an apartment building near the Evanston lakefront, the city's fire department said. No one was injured in the blaze at 642 Sheridan Square, and it was contained to the room with the burning air conditioner, according to the fire department. More... Read More »

City earmarks federal funds for west Evanston affordable housing

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 30, 2013
Filed under City, Local

The Evanston City Council voted Tuesday to approve using federal funds to construct two affordable rental units in the 2nd Ward. The nonprofit Community Partners for Affordable Housing acquired $277,685 in federal HOME funds, which will be spent purchasing and remodeling two housing units in areas... Read More »

Split vote on Evanston drone ban unexpected, aldermen say

Split vote on Evanston drone ban unexpected, aldermen say

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 30, 2013
Filed under City, Top Stories

The chief supporter of Evanston's ban on drone activity was surprised by the amount of dissent it faced during a City Council meeting Tuesday. “(The vote) reflects some of my colleagues’ discomfort in taking a stand,” Ald. Jane Grover (7th) said. “I think they were deferring to (Evanston Police... Read More »

Best Pizza: Union Pizzeria

Edward Cox, Writer
May 29, 2013
Filed under Best of Evanston

Best Pizza: Union Pizzeria 1245 Chicago Ave., 847-475-2400, unionevanston.com/ The entrance of Union Pizzeria has the vibe of a luxurious living room. Plush couches, dimmed lights and a towering stack of white pizza... Read More »

Amendments to 'brothel law' brought before city

Amendments to 'brothel law' brought before city

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 28, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Although no one has ever been evicted for violating the “brothel law,” the city plans to enforce a watered down version of the occupancy ordinance should City Council pass it, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Tuesday night. At a Planning and Development Committee meeting, aldermen... Read More »

Comcast adds Wi-Fi hotspots in Evanston

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 27, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

Internet service provider Comcast has installed about 40 new Wi-Fi hotspots across Evanston, including one bordering The Great Room on campus. Comcast Xfinity Internet subscribers will be able to access public and indoor Wi-Fi hotspots located mainly in north and downtown Evanston, the company announced... Read More »

ASG hosts year-end garage sale

ASG hosts year-end garage sale

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 26, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Latest Stories, On Campus

This afternoon, Eileen Hinckle stuck yellow price tags to an exercise bike and Himalayan salt lamp, two of the items she hoped to sell at Associated Student Government's garage sale. As students crowded around her table, she reminded them prices were negotiable. “I’m leaving in the summer,... Read More »

State initiative to hire more disabled people, integrate workforce passes General Assembly

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 22, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, State

A bill that would provide more working opportunities for disabled people sailed through the Illinois General Assembly last week with the leadership of Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston). The Senate unanimously voted May 14 to send The Employment First Act to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn. The legislation... Read More »

Evanston Public Library to hold annual falcon banding ceremony

Evanston Public Library to hold annual falcon banding ceremony

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 21, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Do not be surprised if you see falcons swooping over downtown Evanston in the next few weeks. Workers from The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will come May 30 to the Evanston Public Library to band four recently hatched peregrine falcons. The feared birds known for stunning their prey in 200-mph... Read More »

Updated: House near Evanston Township High School catches fire; teen injured

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 21, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

A teenager is in stable condition tonight after jumping from the second floor of a burning house near Evanston Township High School, officials said. Firefighters responded to the fire at about 4:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Fowler Avenue, according to the Evanston fire department. The first responders... Read More »

Evanston police unfazed as governor mulls medical marijuana law

Evanston police unfazed as governor mulls medical marijuana law

Edward Cox, Reporter
May 20, 2013
Filed under City, Crime, State

A bill legalizing medical marijuana is a governor's signature away from becoming Illinois law, which would allow Evanston residents to use the drug for medical purposes given they follow strict state guidelines. The Evanston Police Department would have few issues enforcing the legislation, which... Read More »

Davis Street viaduct repair starts Monday

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 19, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Chicago Transit Authority on Monday will start repairing the viaduct on Davis Street between Benson and Elmwood avenues. The project will carry on from mornings to evenings on weekdays and affect vehicle traffic and pedestrians in the area, according to the CTA. Maintenance work... Read More »

Amid relocation buzz, Evanston Art Center holds biggest fundraiser of year

Amid relocation buzz, Evanston Art Center holds biggest fundraiser of year

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 19, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local, Top Stories

Evanston residents waged friendly bidding wars Saturday in an outdoor tent during the annual Evanston Art Center spring benefit, the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year. The art center, 2603 Sheridan Road, netted more than $35,000 from admission fees... Read More »

Police: Evanston man killed in Chicago may have ties to local gun violence

Ciara McCarthy and Edward Cox
May 15, 2013
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories, Local

Police say an Evanston man killed Sunday on the South Side of Chicago may have been the intended target of a shooting last week in west Evanston. Blake Ross, 20, was shot dead Sunday in the 2800 block of East 76th Street. Ross, of the 2300 block of Greenwood Street, attended... Read More »

Gourmet chef looks to satisfy Chinese cultural taste in Evanston

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 15, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

Students who take weekend excursions to Chicago for authentic Chinese cuisine need look no further than Northwestern’s doorstep when Lao Sze Chuan opens this summer. Owner and chef Tony Hu said he had meant to open the restaurant’s... Read More »

Evanston Public Art Committee recommends tavern mural for Farmhouse

Evanston Public Art Committee recommends tavern mural for Farmhouse

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 15, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

Evanston tavern Farmhouse trotted closer to its summer opening as a city board endorsed its artistic plan Tuesday. The tavern’s designer, Peter Hurley, appeared in front of Evanston’s Public Art Committee during a meeting at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., with a proposal to position... Read More »

Experts discuss mental health issues among Evanston's homeless

Experts discuss mental health issues among Evanston's homeless

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 13, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Experts talked Monday night about addressing mental illness among Evanston's homeless as caretakers nationwide observe Mental Health Awareness Month. City residents and members of the homeless population chimed in on the stigmas attached to mental health illness and homelessness at a meeting organized... Read More »

Q&A: ASG's new community relations vice president to focus on student volunteerism

Q&A: ASG's new community relations vice president to focus on student volunteerism

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 9, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

The Associated Student Government Senate nominated its new community relations vice president, Kevin Harris, on Wednesday. Harris, a Weinberg freshman and a member of Delta Chi fraternity, has been as been a part of ASG since Fall Quarter. The Daily talked to Harris on Thursday about... Read More »

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center sent into lockdown after gunshots

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center sent into lockdown after gunshots

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 8, 2013
Filed under City, Crime, Local

The Evanston Police Department has increased patrols and beefed up its manpower in west Evanston after recent reports of gunshots near the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Gunshots were fired in the early afternoon Tuesday, sending the nearby community center, 1655 Foster St.,... Read More »

Strong rental market in midst of national homeownership rate lows

Strong rental market in midst of national homeownership rate lows

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 7, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Home sales in Evanston picked up in April even as national homeownership rate hit a 17-year low, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, released April 30, shows the national homeownership rate declined to 65.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013, pushing more people to... Read More »

Evanston launches expanded National Drinking Water Week celebration

Evanston launches expanded National Drinking Water Week celebration

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 6, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Evanston residents kicked off National Drinking Water Week on Sunday by paddling canoes into the sunset and admiring the city's flora and fauna at the canal near the Evanston Ecology Center. The city's second... Read More »

Local high school students discuss troubling times in essay, poster contest ceremony

Local high school students discuss troubling times in essay, poster contest ceremony

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 5, 2013
Filed under City, Education, Local

In front of about 50 people at the Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston Township High School junior Ashley Smith talked about her struggle to make sense of the death of friends from violence and accidents. “It’s difficult to come to school and difficult to know you might not see that person again,”... Read More »

Amended pension reform bill passes House committee

Amended pension reform bill passes House committee

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 1, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, State

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan pushed a revised pension reform bill through a House pension committee Wednesday in a near unanimous vote. Madigan made amendments to the bill, which squeezed through a senate floor vote near the end of March, that would... Read More »

Alderman: Evanston City Council to tackle 'brothel law' by June

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
May 1, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Students hoping to spread out rental costs next year by living with more than three people in a unit might not have to worry about the city’s so-called “brothel law” if all goes according to plan. Changes to the law, which would relax limitations on the number of unrelated people... Read More »

Controversial local election boards may be abolished

Controversial local election boards may be abolished

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 29, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, State

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) that would abolish local election boards passed the upper chamber Wednesday. Senate Bill 1689 would transfer responsibility for deciding objections to candidacy petitions from the local to the county level. Biss has criticized the current system... Read More »

Longtime Friendship Baptist Church member dies

Longtime Friendship Baptist Church member dies

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 28, 2013
Filed under City, Local

The Evanston man who died after a house fire last week never hesitated to lend a hand at the church across the street from his home, congregation members said. Retired city worker Freddie Davis... Read More »

Retired city employee dies in west Evanston fire

Retired city employee dies in west Evanston fire

Edward Cox, Reporter
April 24, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

A former city employee died Wednesday after a house fire in west Evanston, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. The blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m. in the 1900 block of Hartrey Avenue, and the Evanston fire department had the scene under control within an hour.... Read More »

Illinois Senate passes drone privacy rules

Illinois Senate passes drone privacy rules

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 23, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

The Illinois Senate last week approved a sweeping drone privacy bill championed by state Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston. The bill sponsored by Biss, a Democrat, would prohibit police departments in the state from using drones for surveillance without first obtaining a warrant. The bill passed 52-1 and... Read More »

Reorganized golf association heads toward economic stability

Reorganized golf association heads toward economic stability

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 22, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

A year after the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association was mired in fiscal and legal trouble, the organization is moving into the fairway. The nonprofit golf group announced its new board April 11. The board has 19 members, about two-thirds of whom are new. Through fundraising measures and... Read More »

Evanston, Skokie patients flock to Erie Family Health Center

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 17, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston and Skokie residents in need of affordable health care have been flocking to the Erie Family Health Center, according to a report released Thursday by the center. The federally qualified health center, temporarily located at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, provides care to low-income... Read More »

Updated: Woman drives van into downtown Evanston CVS

Updated: Woman drives van into downtown Evanston CVS

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 16, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

A 74-year-old woman drove her van into CVS in downtown Evanston on Tuesday afternoon, damaging part of the store’s brick wall and breaking its window. The woman hit the accelerator while trying to park in front of the pharmacy at 1711 Sherman Ave., Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. No one... Read More »

Downtown Evanston U.S. Cellular store to close

Downtown Evanston U.S. Cellular store to close

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 15, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

The U.S. Cellular store in downtown Evanston will close in the next few weeks after more than a decade in business. The Chicago-based company will cut six jobs with the store's closure at 1737 Sherman Ave. as it shifts marketing efforts from commercial hubs such as Chicago and St.... Read More »

Lifestyle company Solay opens Evanston flagship location

Lifestyle company Solay opens Evanston flagship location

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 14, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

With its flagship store formally opening Thursday in downtown Evanston, lifestyle company Solay Wellness Inc. is preparing to turn its business into a franchise. The family-owned store, which sells organic products such as natural dog shampoo, is... Read More »

Evanston Plaza developer discuss revitalization efforts with 2nd Ward residents

Evanston Plaza developer discuss revitalization efforts with 2nd Ward residents

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 12, 2013
Filed under City, Local

A representative from the developer of Evanston Plaza discussed plans to revitalize the property during his first meeting with west Evanston residents Thursday night. Scott Inbinder of Bonnie Management Corporation accepted the invitation to a 2nd Ward meeting at the Joseph... Read More »

Bowling alley unlikely to come to Dempster and Dodge, owner says

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 8, 2013
Filed under City, Local

A community push to bring a bowling alley to Evanston Plaza looks unlikely to come to fruition. Bonnie Investment Group, a real estate investment firm that purchased the property at 1968 Dempster St. out of foreclosure last year, has reached out to Pinstripes, Brunswick National Lanes and the Wilmette... Read More »

Daniel Biss, Robyn Gabel discuss pension crisis at heated town hall meeting

Daniel Biss, Robyn Gabel discuss pension crisis at heated town hall meeting

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 5, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Evanston residents voiced their concerns Thursday on Illinois' fiscal issues before state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and state Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) at a packed town hall meeting. At the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, public employees voiced their distrust in their relationship with... Read More »

Evanston water lab receives perfect scores in state inspection

Evanston water lab receives perfect scores in state inspection

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 3, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston's water quality laboratory has received perfect scores from the Illinois Department of Public Health for its fourth check-up in a row. The lab achieved a score of zero deviations after state inspectors evaluated the procedures, records and tools the facility used to ensure safe drinking water,... Read More »

Business vacancy rates remain low as Evanston seeks retailers

Business vacancy rates remain low as Evanston seeks retailers

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 2, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston has attracted a steady flow of new businesses and kept vacancy rates low since last fall, according to a new economic report from the city. From October to March, 19 new business opened in the city’s 10 business districts, mostly downtown restaurants, according to the report. The new businesses... Read More »

Tisdahl: 'Brothel law' talks could start this spring

Tisdahl: 'Brothel law' talks could start this spring

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
April 1, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

The Evanston City Council expects to address the so-called "brothel law" this spring, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Wednesday. During a Facebook town hall, Tisdahl was asked what the city has done to work with Northwestern on the controversial over-occupancy rule, which says more than three unrelated... Read More »

Illinois Senate rejects Biss bill for pension reform, approves less ambitious plan

Edward Cox, Reporter
March 20, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

A watered down pension reform bill squeezed through the Illinois Senate on Wednesday after lawmakers rejected a more comprehensive proposal from  state Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston. Lawmakers approved the bill sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) with a 30-22 vote, sending the... Read More »

Evanston City Council backs arts 'roadmap,' green-lights Howard Street brewery

Evanston City Council backs arts 'roadmap,' green-lights Howard Street brewery

Edward Cox, Reporter
March 18, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), Business, City, Local, Top Stories

Evanston aldermen on Monday night adopted a long-term plan for local arts development and approved city funding for a new brewery on Howard Street. EvanstARTs, an arts collaborative group consisting of the city and community organizations, presented its final report to the City Council during its... Read More »

State Sen. Daniel Biss' pension reform bill could get vote Tuesday

State Sen. Daniel Biss' pension reform bill could get vote Tuesday

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor
March 18, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

The Illinois General Assembly may vote Tuesday on three bills to repair the state's broken pension system, including one proposed by Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston. Illinois faces a $95 billion deficit in unfunded liabilities, and state lawmakers have been at loggerheads over how to deal with the worst-in-the-nation... Read More »

Sheridan Road speed machines to operate after engineers fix malfunctions

Sheridan Road speed machines to operate after engineers fix malfunctions

Edward Cox, Reporter
March 4, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

Drivers on Sheridan Road had better slow down when the city’s newly installed portable speed machines start flashing rapidly — but the city will have to get those machines working first. City traffic engineers installed two portable speed limit machines Thursday on Sheridan Road to educate drivers... Read More »

Bipartisan pension reform bill creates new benefit plan category

Bipartisan pension reform bill creates new benefit plan category

Edward Cox, Reporter
March 4, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, State, Top Stories

Illinois legislators rallied Wednesday to support a bipartisan pension reform bill that would gradually shift payment responsibility from the state to public employers. House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) proposed House Bill 3411, which has gained bipartisan... Read More »

Evanston hosts workshop to discuss short-term rental ban

Evanston hosts workshop to discuss short-term rental ban

Edward Cox, Reporter
March 4, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local, Top Stories

Maureen O’Donnell shuttered the shades on her house on Ashland Avenue to hide her family from the constant stream of strangers coming in and out of her neighbor’s house. She was among residents and realtors who expressed their concerns to council members at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center... Read More »

Evanston residents petition for bowling alley in vacant shopping center

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 27, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

Evanston residents have petitioned for the creation of a bowling alley in a mostly vacant west Evanston shopping center. About 300 people have signed an online petition on Change.org started by Evanston Patch columnist Christine Wolf on Feb. 11. “I don’t feel like there are... Read More »

Q&A: 'Parenthood' star Tina Lifford returns to Evanston to show play

Q&A: 'Parenthood' star Tina Lifford returns to Evanston to show play

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 26, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

Former Evanston resident Tina Lifford, who plays Renee Trussell on NBC’s “Parenthood,” recently returned to the city to showcase “The Circle,” a play she wrote. When Lifford was 12, she moved from Evanston to California in order to begin her acting career. She would go on to star in films... Read More »

From laser photographs to drywall instruments, sculptors begin exhibit at Evanston Art Center

From laser photographs to drywall instruments, sculptors begin exhibit at Evanston Art Center

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 24, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sculpture Prof. Stephen Cartwright originally used his global positioning device to create an “old lady’s map” to track the traveling habits of seniors. More than a decade later, Cartwright has recorded about 125,000 hourly entries into his handheld... Read More »

Restaurant owner introduces pop-up restaurant to Evanston

Restaurant owner introduces pop-up restaurant to Evanston

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 21, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local, Top Stories

Eric Singer rearranged tables, organized about 200 pieces of glassware and sent in a frying equipment for repair, all in preparation for a dinner Wednesday at his new restaurant at 1307 Chicago Ave. And he’s going to be one of the guests at the dinner. “I’m not the chef, but I can help the... Read More »

Labor coalition backs bipartisan bill to solve state's public pension problem

Labor coalition backs bipartisan bill to solve state's public pension problem

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 19, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, State, Top Stories

A labor coalition backed a state senate bill introduced Friday that proposes new revenue to fix the state’s underfunded public pension system. The We Are One labor coalition, which includes the Illinois AFL-CIO and the Illinois Education Association, backed Senate Bill 2404 following a coalition-hosted... Read More »

Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services responds to record number of EMS calls

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 12, 2013
Filed under City, Local

Evanston firefighters responded to a record number of service calls last year, more than three-fifths of which were emergency medical service calls, according to a report released Thursday. In 2011, Evanston responded to 5,467 emergency medical service calls, a department record. Firefighters... Read More »

ETHS "detracking" curriculum changes hot topic at school board candidate forum

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 11, 2013
Filed under City, Education, Local, Politics

Three Evanston school board candidates met with residents at an Evanston cafe Sunday to discuss their campaign platforms in an election that will include four hotly contested District 202 seats. Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) said he organized the gathering at Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., partly because... Read More »

ETHS Pride feeder program looking up months after former player Dajae Coleman's death

ETHS Pride feeder program looking up months after former player Dajae Coleman's death

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 6, 2013
Filed under City, Dajae Coleman, Local

Ask any parent about Evanston Township High School's feeder basketball program and they'll say there's more than the usual hustle and bustle at practice. There's pride. “Evanston is going to shine, Evanston is going on to states and will win," parent Richard Kalaygian said. The Pride feeder... Read More »

Resident complies with condominium association, throws out bedbug infested furniture

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 4, 2013
Filed under City, Local

A resident of a Sherman Avenue condominium complex threw out his bedbug-infested furniture after the condominium association filed a complaint Jan. 22 with the Cook County Circuit Court. Maisonette Condominium Association filed an injunction against James Collins on Jan. 22 after he failed to respond... Read More »

Former Northwestern football player drops out of Congressional race

Former Northwestern football player drops out of Congressional race

Edward Cox, Reporter
February 1, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

After talking to his wife Tuesday, Congressional candidate Napoleon Harris said he went to sleep confident he had the race in the bag. The Northwestern alumnus (Communication ‘02) was running for the seat vacated by then-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who resigned in November. But on Wednesday,... Read More »

Chicken and waffles restaurant opens in west Evanston

Chicken and waffles restaurant opens in west Evanston

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 29, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Top Stories

Melting butter topping waffles and fried, crackling chicken grace the dishes of Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles, which opened its Evanston branch with the city’s help Friday. The soul food restaurant at 2424 Dempster St. also boasts oozing mashed potatoes, fried catfish and macaroni and... Read More »

Dropping home prices, available inventory lead to increased demand among Evanston homebuyers

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 27, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

Longtime Evanston resident Dorothy King had lived in her spacious four-bedroom home for about 20 years and was ready to move to smaller living quarters. King's home was snapped up in six days last spring, and buyers wanted to move in quickly, giving King only a few months to find a condominium. “The... Read More »

Evanston residents discuss institutional racism at third city dialogue

Evanston residents discuss institutional racism at third city dialogue

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 25, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

Evanston residents discussed racism in education, law enforcement and other institutions Thursday at the last of three dialogues on race hosted by the city. The city hosted the series of discussions, called “My Evanston, My Neighbors: Constructive Dialogues on Race, Understanding and our Hopes for... Read More »

City board approves parking changes for planned brewpub

City board approves parking changes for planned brewpub

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 22, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local, Politics

Evanston’s first brewpub moved a step closer to opening Tuesday, once the city’s zoning board of appeals approved the removal of off-road parking spaces in front of the business. Winnetka resident Michael Smylie said he plans to open Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery by the end of this summer... Read More »

Former Northwestern football player running for vacated House seat

Former Northwestern football player running for vacated House seat

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 16, 2013
Filed under City, Local, Politics

Former Northwestern and professional football player Napoleon Harris is entering a crowded field to replace an embattled Chicago congressman. A native of Dixmoor, a small city south of Chicago, Harris returned to his hometown after playing seven seasons in the NFL and was elected as 15... Read More »

Arts advocates release results of citywide survey

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 16, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

A majority of Evanston residents support the arts, although many do not subscribe to the city’s arts organizations, according to preliminary results from citywide surveys on arts presented during a town-hall-style meeting Tuesday night. EvanstARTs, a collaboration between the city, the Evanston... Read More »

U.S. women's soccer team great Brandi Chastain to hold summer soccer camp in Evanston

U.S. women's soccer team great Brandi Chastain to hold summer soccer camp in Evanston

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 14, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Brandi Chastain, the United States women's soccer team player who made the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA World Cup tournament, will be coming to Evanston to hold a soccer camp this summer. The Team Evanston Soccer Club’s coaching director Issac Moushi invited Chastain to host the all-girls... Read More »

Starbucks to move to expanded Sherman Avenue location

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 9, 2013
Filed under Business, City, Local

Starbucks officials expect to move their cramped Sherman Avenue location to a more expansive storefront two spaces up the block after the city’s zoning board of appeals approved an architect’s application Tuesday night for a special use permit. Upon approval from the Evanston City Council, the... Read More »

State Senator Schoenberg leaves office to pursue work in philanthropy

State Senator Schoenberg leaves office to pursue work in philanthropy

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 7, 2013
Filed under City, Politics, State

State Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-9th) will now devote his time to philanthropy after a 22-year career in public office. State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-17th) won Schoenberg's seat with his endorsement in the November election. “Incoming state senator Daniel Biss will have large... Read More »

Evanston snow removal costs down due to salt dome

Edward Cox, Reporter
January 7, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs

Evanston cut the proposed budget for snow and ice control by $100,000 from last year because of a decrease in operating expenses. The budget for the public works department expenditures fell from $700,517 to $600,513 in the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. Decreases in operating... Read More »

While you were on break: the local, state and national news you missed

Edward Cox, Manuel Rapada, and Jia You
January 6, 2013
Filed under City, Crime, Local, National, Politics, State

Dec. 15: Evanston hosts gun buyback program Evanston residents turned in 45 firearms during a gun buyback program Dec. 15, the day after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. The program came weeks after its chief organizer, Carolyn Murray, lost her 19-year-old son Justin in a Nov.... Read More »

Magazine Museum struggles in multimedia age

Magazine Museum struggles in multimedia age

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 14, 2012
Filed under Business, City, Education, Local

Telephone wires zigzag through the air above, train tracks run perpendicular to the street and cars rumble on nearby Skokie Highway, yet Magazine Museum remains silent in the midst. It is as if someone has pulled Harry Potter's invisibility cloak over the store hiding it from public... Read More »

Student group creates clay bones to raise awareness of genocide

Edward Cox, Reporter
November 11, 2012
Filed under Campus, Student Groups

Students from Arts in the Community model clay skulls, rib bones and collar bones as part of the One Million Bones project, a nationwide program designed to raise awareness about modern-day genocide. Each bone created represents a life lost to genocide and raises a dollar for CARE, an international... Read More »

Experts discuss strategies to curb high-risk drinking

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 25, 2012
Filed under Campus

Health experts spoke about efforts among colleges to reduce high-risk drinking at an on-campus alcohol intervention conference Tuesday and Wednesday. The two-day conference, called the "Evidence-Based Interventions to Reduce Binge Drinking on College Campuses," was organized by Feinberg School of... Read More »

CROP hunger walk moves to Evanston

Edward Cox, Reporter
October 14, 2012
Filed under City, Local

Evanston hosted for the first time Sunday a walk to raise awareness of world hunger. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl kicked off the North Shore Christian Rural Overseas Program Hunger Walk  by welcoming the congregation at the Second Baptist Church, which included members from 24 church organizations... Read More »