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Michael Phelps helps train Evanston Special Olympic athletes

Michael Phelps helps train Evanston Special Olympic athletes

Julia Esparza, Reporter
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Local

Olympians Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt and Grant Hackett hosted a swimming clinic for Evanston Special Recreation athletes in Chicago on Saturday. Six Evanston Special Recreation athletes — athletes who have developmental or intellectual disabilities — attended the event held at The Valentine...

Amanecer Breakfast Tacos looks to expand into permanent storefront

Amanecer Breakfast Tacos looks to expand into permanent storefront

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories

After serving food out of a Smart Car for two years, Amanecer Breakfast Tacos plans to expand into a permanent storefront in central Evanston this summer. Amanecer co-founder Ana Vela said she hopes to open the new taco shop at 512 Main St. by early August. Vela said it would be open from 7 a.m. to...

Congressional Budget Office: House bill to leave 14 million more uninsured by 2018

Congressional Budget Office: House bill to leave 14 million more uninsured by 2018

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Politics

Illinois Democrats sounded off on an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that a projected 14 million Americans would lose health care by next year under the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The CBO also estimated that by 2026, 23 million more people would be uninsured. U.S. Sens....

Evanston walking program celebrates 10th anniversary

Evanston walking program celebrates 10th anniversary

Billy Kobin, Reporter
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Top City Stories, Top Stories

We’re Out Walking — a program that encourages Evanston residents to lead active and healthy lifestyles — began 10 years ago as Women Out Walking with the goal of getting 50 women in the community to become more active. That goal was far surpassed when 500 women signed up in the first year and committed themsel...

Blotter: Chicago man arrested in connection with domestic battery

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Crime

A Chicago resident was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a reported domestic battery in south Evanston. Police were called to the 1400 block of Howard Street in response to a domestic dispute, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. A woman told police she and the man — both 48 years old...

In Focus: As cost of living in Evanston rises, some residents struggle to keep up

In Focus: As cost of living in Evanston rises, some residents struggle to keep up

David Fishman, City Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, In Focus, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Charrisse Roberson did “everything right.” She never drank alcohol or used drugs. She did odd jobs around the neighborhood as a child and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. She even held management positions for most of her life. Then, in 2008, things took a turn for the worse. While working...

Community activists stress immigrant rights as local issue

Community activists stress immigrant rights as local issue

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories

Community activists discussed how to assist Evanston’s immigrant and undocumented communities in a panel hosted by the Evanston Public Library and other community organizations Tuesday evening. The four panelists spoke at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., about the current political and legislative...

D65, Northwestern officials explain plans for STEM partnership

D65, Northwestern officials explain plans for STEM partnership

Kristina Karisch and Amelia Langas
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

Representatives from Northwestern and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 elaborated on plans for a new partnership office at a school board meeting Monday. The partnership office, which was announced by the district in a news release at the beginning of the month, will focus on strengthening science,...

Kumar Jensen appointed as city’s sustainability coordinator

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Kumar Jensen was appointed as Evanston’s sustainability coordinator Tuesday, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced in a news release. Jensen will report directly to Bobkiewicz and will be responsible for the city’s environmental and sustainability initiatives. These responsibilities were previously...

Blotter: Evanston man arrested in connection with criminal damage to property

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

An Evanston resident was arrested Monday in connection with criminal damage to property after breaking a windshield of a 2000 Lexus in downtown Evanston. The man ran into his ex-girlfriend and began arguing, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The man took out a metal candlestick and used it...

Senate Democrats push through state budget plan

Senate Democrats push through state budget plan

Nora Shelly, Print Managing Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State, Top City Stories

The Illinois Senate passed Tuesday a budget plan, which includes an income tax increase and an appropriation plan. The bills were passed after months of back-and-forth across the Senate aisle over proposals to end the budget impasse, which will start its third year at the end of June. The impasse...

At Evanston’s northwest border, 6th Ward maintains a close-knit, multigenerational community

At Evanston’s northwest border, 6th Ward maintains a close-knit, multigenerational community

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
May 23, 2017
Filed under City, City Features, Latest Stories, Portrait of a Ward, Top Stories

John Kessler spent decades building floats for Evanston’s 4th of July parade, which runs along Central Street in the 6th Ward. Kessler, a retired Evanston schoolteacher, began making the floats with his neighbors when he moved to the ward roughly 40 years ago — in part to get to know them better....