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Jeff Smith endorses Mark Tendam for mayor

Jeff Smith endorses Mark Tendam for mayor

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
March 24
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Former mayoral candidate Jeff Smith endorsed Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) on Thursday ahead of the April 4 general election. Smith became the second former candidate to do so, joining Gary Gaspard — a former Evanston Township supervisor and mayoral contender — who declared his support for Tendam just...

Linda Larkin named executive director of Evanston Chamber of Commerce

Syd Stone, Reporter
March 23
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce publicly named Linda Larkin as executive director on Wednesday, according to a news release. Larkin has been a chamber member for 12 years and has lived in Evanston her whole life. She is the owner and co-founder of Lawrence Communications, Inc., an advertising and...

Furious Spoon ramen shop to open in Evanston

Furious Spoon ramen shop to open in Evanston

David Fishman, City Editor
March 23
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Chef Shin Thompson, a former Evanston resident who is bringing his ramen joint to the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Chicago-based ramen shop Furious Spoon will open at 1700 Maple Ave., the former space of Red Robin Burger Works, this fall. The 2,000 square...

D65 school board members introduce contingency plan in case referendum does not pass

D65 school board members introduce contingency plan in case referendum does not pass

Mariana Alfaro, Print Managing Editor
March 23
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Although District 65 leaders hope voters pass a $14.5 million property tax referendum next month to prevent teacher layoffs and budget cuts for extracurricular and science programs, the district's school board passed a contingency plan Monday in case the referendum does not pass. The contingency plan...

State Sen. Daniel Biss holds meet and greet to kick off gubernatorial campaign

State Sen. Daniel Biss holds meet and greet to kick off gubernatorial campaign

Ryan Wangman, Reporter
March 21
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) took a step in his gubernatorial campaign toward building “a movement of people” Tuesday morning, holding a meet and greet with commuters at Evanston’s Main Street Metra station. Biss launched his campaign for governor on Monday, citing a need to “take the state back” from billionaires and “machine politicians.” On Tuesday, B...

Gary Gaspard endorses Mark Tendam for mayor

Gary Gaspard endorses Mark Tendam for mayor

Ryan Wangman, Reporter
March 20
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Former mayoral candidate Gary Gaspard took to Twitter on Saturday to endorse Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) for mayor. Gaspard, a former Evanston Township supervisor, saw his own mayoral campaign cut short after he came in last of the five primary candidates with about 3.5 percent of the vote. Gaspard, a Ha...

State Sen. Daniel Biss launches campaign for governor

State Sen. Daniel Biss launches campaign for governor

David Fishman, City Editor
March 20
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State, Top Stories

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) launched his campaign for governor Monday, positioning himself as a progressive who will make Illinois a “beacon of hope” and fight the new president’s policies tooth and nail. “We have a broken political system … but it doesn’t have to be that way,”...

Aloha Poke brings Hawaiian fare to Evanston

Syd Stone, Reporter
March 18
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories

Aloha Poke Co. opened its doors Friday, bringing a taste of Hawaii to the former location of Jamba Juice, 630 Davis St. The Evanston location of Aloha is the chain’s fourth spot in the Chicago area, and its first outside of the city. The other locations are in the Chicago French Market, Lakeview...

Evanston residents sue 5th Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Rue Simmons over construction dispute

Evanston residents sue 5th Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Rue Simmons over construction dispute

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
March 17
Filed under Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Two Evanston residents filed a lawsuit Monday against Robin Rue Simmons, a candidate for 5th Ward alderman, for allegedly abandoning a home-renovation contract as president of a construction company. Simmons won just over 50 percent of the vote in the February primary. She and Carolyn Murray advanced to the general election, which is scheduled for April 4. They will run to replace current Ald. Delores Holmes (5th), who is not running for re-election. The lawsuit concerns renovatio...

ETHS board to consider allowing students to choose locker room based on gender

ETHS board to consider allowing students to choose locker room based on gender

David Fishman, Assistant City Editor
March 16
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

The District 202 Board will consider a policy next month that would allow transgender students to use locker rooms that align with their gender. On Thursday, the Board Policy Committee addressed the issue for the first time, drawing an unusually large crowd of more than 60 people. The committee —...

Evanston candidates discuss ways to increase affordable housing

Evanston candidates discuss ways to increase affordable housing

Zoe Miller, Reporter
March 16
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Several candidates in Evanston's municipal election discussed how they plan to achieve the city's affordable housing goals at an event hosted by a local church. The Wednesday evening event, hosted by Grace Lutheran Church, was organized by Evanston religious organizations and Interfaith Action, a...

Newly-bought Northwestern building to stay off city tax rolls

Newly-bought Northwestern building to stay off city tax rolls

Billy Kobin, Reporter
March 15
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

City staff told aldermen Monday that Northwestern’s purchase of a building near campus does not require city approval and is not subject to property taxes. The discussion over the building at 1840 Oak Ave. started after Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) asked staff in February to look at past agreements between...