Evanston City Council passes 2015 budget, raising water rate by 10 percent

Stephanie Kelly, Assistant City Editor

November 25, 2014

Filed under City, Local, Politics

City Council passed the proposed 2015 budget Monday after it narrowly approved an amendment to include a 10 percent increase in the water utility rate for Evanston residents. The passed budget stands at... Read more »

Evanston, nonprofit continue partnership to expunge records of residents with criminal pasts

Paige Leskin, City Editor

November 25, 2014

Filed under City, Local, Politics

City officials will continue to give residents with criminal records the opportunity to enter the workforce with a clean slate. Aldermen approved Monday a renewal of an agreement with the James B. Moran Center for Youth... Read more »

EPA lauds Evanston for sustainability efforts

Paige Leskin, City Editor

November 23, 2014

Filed under City, Local

Evanston has been named one of more than 60 communities nationwide that have met a series of sustainability standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The city announced Thursday it has been designated a Green... Read more »

Northwestern attorneys present closing arguments in Cook County Jail lawsuit

Ciara McCarthy, Editor in Chief

November 21, 2014

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Northwestern lawyers presented closing arguments last week in a suit they filed against Cook County officials over conditions at the county’s jail, where they allege “a culture of brutality and lawlessness” exists in the... Read more »

Evanston’s first nanobrewery opens to public Friday

Paige Leskin, City Editor

November 20, 2014

Filed under Business, City, Local

Evanston’s first nanobrewery will officially open its doors Friday and start selling beer produced on-site to the public. Sketchbook Brewing Company, 825 Chicago Ave., will serve its own brewed craft beers and ciders through... Read more »

Five major construction projects to add retail, housing to Evanston

Hal Jin, Reporter

November 20, 2014

Filed under City, Local

In the wake of a recovering economy, several construction projects in Evanston are under way, including residential units, retail space, hotels and an indoor sports facility. This year, the number of planned development projects... Read more »

Evanston partners with other college towns to inform students on housing costs, sustainability

Paige Leskin, City Editor

November 20, 2014

Filed under City, Local

Sustainability officials from Evanston and college towns nationwide are partnering to create a website that helps both students and residents make informed decisions about the full renting and environmental costs of their housing. Representatives... Read more »

Substitute teacher sues District 65 for racial, sex discrimination

Paige Leskin, City Editor

November 20, 2014

Filed under City, Education, Local

A substitute teacher is suing Evanston/Skokie School District 65, claiming he was not given a permanent teaching position because he is a white male. In a complaint filed in a Circuit Court of Cook County on... Read more »

Evanston, local officials voice opposition to fire staffing bill

Stephanie Kelly, Assistant City Editor

November 19, 2014

Filed under City, Local, Politics, State

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other local officials came together Tuesday to voice their opposition to a bill that would make firefighter staffing levels subject to arbitration by an outside party other than municipalities. The... Read more »