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Lawmakers propose legalizing recreational marijuana to help ease budget deficit

Lawmakers propose legalizing recreational marijuana to help ease budget deficit

Billy Kobin, Reporter
March 29
Filed under City, Politics, Top Stories

Bills introduced last week by two state lawmakers who represent small parts of Evanston would legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois. The two bills — one introduced by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and another by state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) — would make Illinois the first...

Two challenge long-standing 3rd Ward alderman

Two challenge long-standing 3rd Ward alderman

Nora Shelly, Print Managing Editor
March 29
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) is facing two challengers in her reelection campaign in a race that has focused largely on affordability issues and the responsibilities of aldermen to their residents. Her two challengers are Alex Morgan, who is involved with the Democratic Party of Evanston and has a background...

Evanston, Chicago vow to uphold immigration policies amid U.S. Justice Department threats

Evanston, Chicago vow to uphold immigration policies amid U.S. Justice Department threats

Mariana Alfaro, Print Managing Editor
March 29
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

Chicago and Evanston authorities are not backing away from policies that protect undocumented residents in their cities, even after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that the Justice Department will “claw back” funds from sanctuary cities, counties and states. Sessions’ comments...

Blotter: More than $600 worth of items stolen from parked car

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
March 28
Filed under City, Crime

An Evanston man reported Monday that items had been stolen from his car in south Evanston. The 37-year-old resident said he parked his 2003 Kia at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday in the 1000 block of Brummel Street, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. Dugan said the man had noticed the items were missing...

YWCA to open ‘longer-term’ housing for domestic violence survivors

YWCA to open ‘longer-term’ housing for domestic violence survivors

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
March 28
Filed under City, Latest Stories

The Evanston/North Shore YWCA will soon provide “longer-term” housing to survivors of domestic violence in a 16-unit apartment complex set to open in the next few weeks. The complex will provide affordable housing to families and individuals of all genders impacted by domestic violence. The $1.5...

Holmes apologizes after using city email for candidate endorsement

Holmes apologizes after using city email for candidate endorsement

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
March 28
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Latest Stories, Politics

Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) publicly apologized for using a city email to announce her endorsement of Robin Rue Simmons for 5th Ward alderman at a City Council meeting Monday night. Her apology follows allegations of ethics violations leveled at Holmes and Simmons throughout the election campaign by...

Blotter: Possible gun flashed at 48-year-old man in west Evanston

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
March 27
Filed under City, Local

A Skokie resident reported a man displayed to him what appeared to be a gun Friday after a traffic altercation in west Evanston. The interaction took place between Church Street and Brown Avenue, but the suspect drove north on Brown Avenue, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The man was described...

Fountain Square renovation to begin next week

Fountain Square renovation to begin next week

David Fishman, City Editor
March 27
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

After years of planning, Evanston will kick off its Fountain Square renovations next week with an estimated completion date for the end of the year. The project, which has been in the works for at least two years, will cost about $6.6 million and begin on April 3 with sidewalk replacements, Public...

Evanston Civic Center sees most ballots during first week of early voting in Cook County

Syd Stone, Reporter
March 27
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center had the most ballots in Cook County during the first week of early voting, according to a tweet from Cook County Clerk David Orr. Orr wrote in the tweet that 1,837 ballots had been cast at the Civic Center since early voting opened March 20. Evanston City Clerk Rodney Greene told...

City releases statement following allegations it delayed depositing millions in cash, checks

City releases statement following allegations it delayed depositing millions in cash, checks

David Fishman, City Editor
March 26
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top Stories

Evanston officials confirmed and refuted some parts of a former city employee’s letter, which reported finding $3 million to $5 million worth of undeposited money in a municipal office and criticized the city’s financial accountability system. Assistant city manager Marty Lyons — who is also...

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...