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Leadership Evanston celebrates 25th anniversary

Leadership Evanston celebrates 25th anniversary

Amelia Langas, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, City Features, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories

After 25 years of providing leadership classes for local residents and workers, community program Leadership Evanston honored some of the people who best characterized its ideals. Among those recognized as emblematic of the program’s past, present and future was SESP junior John Wylie, who volunteers...

Women march to Springfield, demand progressive legislation

Women march to Springfield, demand progressive legislation

Edmund Bannister, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, State, Top City Stories

More than a thousand activists gathered Tuesday outside the state capitol as part of Illinois Women March on Springfield, an effort to pressure lawmakers to adopt more progressive legislation. A large coalition of elected officials, political activists and advocacy groups demonstrated for progressive...

EPL board defends director, acknowledges lack of diversity

EPL board defends director, acknowledges lack of diversity

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

The Evanston Public Library’s Board of Trustees released a statement Tuesday in support of director Karen Danczak Lyons, who has faced criticism for disciplinary actions taken against a popular librarian. The statement follows a public protest last week over a disciplinary hearing for head of adult services Lesley Williams, who said she has been on paid administrative leave since April 18. Library offi...

Illinois House passes measure to protect, expand abortion access

Illinois House passes measure to protect, expand abortion access

Billy Kobin, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State, Top Stories

The Illinois House passed legislation Tuesday that would protect access to abortions and allow tax money to go toward the procedure. The bill — introduced by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) earlier this year and co-sponsored by 24 other House Democrats — passed 62 to 55 and protects access...

Blotter: Evanston man arrested after fleeing police

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

Evanston Police said a car ignored a stop sign in west Evanston on Sunday evening and drove away when an officer turned on the squad car lights. The officer did not follow the vehicle but continued driving around. The officer spotted two men and asked them about the vehicle, Evanston police Cmdr....

Judge temporarily blocks Trump order to cut funding for sanctuary cities

Judge temporarily blocks Trump order to cut funding for sanctuary cities

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, National

A federal judge in California on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold grants from cities that do not comply with federal immigration policies, such as Evanston. The judge, William H. Orrick, issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the president from...

Obama returns to public life, avoids talking Trump

Obama returns to public life, avoids talking Trump

David Fishman, City Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, National, Top Stories

CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama cautiously avoided discussing his successor as he returned to the spotlight Monday, in his first public event since leaving the White House earlier this year. Though young leaders in attendance itched for their progressive icon to assail President Donald Trump’s...

Progress remains stalled on 831 Emerson development

Progress remains stalled on 831 Emerson development

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories

Evanston residents and officials discussed the proposed planned development project at 831 Emerson during Monday’s City Council meeting. The developers of the project, Focus Development, Inc. and CA-Ventures, proposed last week a 9-story mixed-use building with 242 units and a 3,300-square foot commercial space on the ground floor. The plan also includes 174 parking spaces ...

Aldermen oppose high military spending in Trump budget

Aldermen oppose high military spending in Trump budget

Billy Kobin, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, Top City Stories

Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution Monday urging the U.S. Congress to oppose President Donald Trump’s budget plan, which increases military spending. Trump’s proposed budget would take away funds from environmental and human service programs and instead raise military spending, which would...

Board to vote on transgender policy next week

Board to vote on transgender policy next week

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories, Top City Stories, Top Stories

The Evanston Township High School/District 202 board will vote next week on a policy that would allow transgender students to use the locker room of their choice. The policy, which will be voted on after being discussed in two separate board readings, was crafted after the Board Policy Committee decid...

Blotter: Chicago man arrested after damaging woman’s car in south Evanston

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 24, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

A 66-year-old man was charged with criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, on Friday, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. Dugan said the man damaged a woman’s car in the parking lot of the Jewel-Osco in south Evanston on Jan. 10. She parked her car in the lot on on the 2400 block of Howard...

Former aldermanic candidate Alex Morgan seeks to increase voter turnout, improve local politics

Former aldermanic candidate Alex Morgan seeks to increase voter turnout, improve local politics

Amelia Langas, Reporter
April 23, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

When he moved to Evanston’s 3rd Ward after teaching kindergarten in Milwaukee, Alex Morgan said he found it difficult to reach his alderman outside of the annual town hall meeting. Morgan said this “void” in accessibility inspired him to launch his campaign for 3rd Ward alderman, which focused...