The Daily Northwestern

New director to be chosen by library board instead of city manager

Audrey Cheng

November 8, 2011

Filed under Local

Members of the Evanston Library Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to endorse City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz's proposal to shift the power of appointing a new library director from himself to the board. Donna Dziedzic, the libra...

City committee votes to advance ordinance softening pot penalties

Kimberly Railey and Patrick Svitek

November 7, 2011

Filed under Crime, Local

An Evanston City Council committee unanimously approved an ordinance lessening marijuana possession penalties Monday night, bringing it one step closer to officially being on the books. The ordinance, debated for almost an hour a...

Seven Evanston schools earn high marks in newspaper’s rankings

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

Seven local schools receiving high marks in standardized tests are among the top 100 schools in the state, according to study results published by the Chicago Sun-Times in late October. Four Evanston schools were placed within th...

State lawmakers discuss education issues at public forum

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

State legislators emphasized early childhood education, student health care and workforce development during a free forum Thursday night at the District 65 administration center. The public discussion, orginally slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m., ran lo...

Sen. Durbin tours Evanston south side to see stimulus package at work

Joseph Diebold

October 29, 2011

Filed under Local, State

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl visited the city's south side Friday to tour parts of the Eighth Ward that have received funding from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. The...

Cantor campus visit draws protesters, impromptu meeting

Patrick Svitek

October 29, 2011

Filed under Campus (Archived), Greek, Local

After abruptly canceling a similar speech at the University of Pennsylvania earlier this month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke on Northwestern's campus Friday afternoon amid a dozens-strong protest and mounting concerns ab...

BREAKING: Protesters picket at Northwestern for Cantor speech

Staff Report

October 26, 2011

Filed under Alumni, Campus (Archived), Local

By noon Friday, around 75 people gathered as part of an "Occupy Northwestern" protest near the venue where Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) spoke about income inequality. The Majority Leader was scheduled to begin speaking at the Allen C...

Activist groups organize for Cantor visit

Patrick Svitek

October 25, 2011

Filed under Campus (Archived), Local

Progressive activists on Wednesday continued to organize against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's upcoming visit to Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. The No. 2 Republican in the House will be speaking about inc...

Metra officials’ visit pinpoint transportation issues

Alexandria Johnson

October 23, 2011

Filed under Local, State

Metra officials, including new executive director Alex Clifford, met with Evanston community leaders to discuss the state of the city's commuter rail lines Friday. Clifford joined Union Pacific spokesman Wes Lujahn, city manager Wally B...

Veterans respond to Iraq troop withdrawal

Marshall Cohen

October 23, 2011

Filed under Alumni, Campus (Archived), Local

Veterans from the Northwestern and Evanston communities greeted the impending withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq with relief and caution Tuesday. President Barack Obama announced Friday that virtually all of the 41,000 troop...

City’s photography challenge sees low attendance of local photographers

Chelsea Corbin

October 22, 2011

Filed under Local, Travel

The City of Evanston invited residents Saturday to participate in a city-wide photography challenge, Day in the Life of Evanston: A Photo Story. Photographers of all skill levels and ages were encouraged to take pictures all day t...

Evanston officials, NU alum discuss feasibility of ‘Contagion’ in real life

Marshall Cohen

October 22, 2011

Filed under Campus (Archived), Local, Science & Technology

Award-winning author and journalist Maryn McKenna warned Sunday the United States is not nearly as prepared for a global pandemic as it appears to be in the recent film "Contagion." About 25 people attended the discussion panel Sunday night in Harris Hall, 1...