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Obama endorses Pritzker, Stratton, in gubernatorial race

Obama endorses Pritzker, Stratton, in gubernatorial race

Kristina Karisch, Summer Web Editor

August 2, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Former president Barack Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and his running mate Juliana Stratton ahead of November’s midterm elections. Obama tweeted out a list of endorsements on Wednesday, expressing his support for candidates in a number of states, in both statewide and national...

City staff provides update on affordable housing in Evanston, plans going forward

City staff provides update on affordable housing in Evanston, plans going forward

Kristina Karisch, Summer Web Editor

August 1, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Members of the Evanston City Council on Monday were presented with an update to the city’s effort to expand and reform affordable housing. The work plan update, presented by Housing and Grants Administrator Sarah Flax, outlined changes the city is proposing for its Inclusionary Housing Ordinance...

Aldermen discuss changes to the short-term vacation rental policy

Aldermen discuss changes to the short-term vacation rental policy

Elizabeth Byrne, Summer Editor

July 27, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, Top City Stories

Aldermen discussed potential changes to Evanston’s short-term vacation rental policy at Monday’s Planning and Development meeting. Short-term vacation rentals, such as rentals through Airbnb, have been a topic of discussion in previous Planning and Development meetings after Evanston residents...

City Council to discuss increasing real estate transfer tax

City Council to discuss increasing real estate transfer tax

Elizabeth Byrne, Summer Editor

July 26, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories

Aldermen passed a resolution Monday 6-2 allowing city staff to move forward with the process of increasing Evanston’s real estate transfer tax. The transfer tax resolution, if passed at the Aug. 13 City Council meeting, would increase the amount a seller must pay per thousand dollars when a property...

EPD concludes March swatting incident was linked to victim’s gamer status

EPD concludes March swatting incident was linked to victim’s gamer status

Elizabeth Byrne, Summer Editor

July 25, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Evanston Police have concluded their investigation into the March swatting incident on Northwestern’s campus and deemed the incident linked to the victim's status as a gamer, EPD Cmdr. Ryan Glew told The Daily Tuesday. On March 14, EPD received a call from a man who claimed to have shot his girlfriend in Engelhart Hall, a graduate residence hall. The Northwestern co...

Evanston celebrates two-day World Arts and Music Festival

Ahlaam Delange, Reporter

July 24, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories

The Evanston World Arts and Music Festival returned to Dawes Park this year for a two-day event celebrating global diversity. The Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Illinois Arts Council co-sponsored the weekend event and partnered with a variety of Chicagoland vendors....

Evanston City Council votes to move forward with demolition of Harley Clarke mansion

Evanston City Council votes to move forward with demolition of Harley Clarke mansion

Elizabeth Byrne and Kristina Karisch

July 23, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Aldermen voted 5-3 to move forward with the demolition of Harley Clarke mansion at Monday’s City Council meeting. The mansion, which sits along the lakefront in north Evanston, has been vacant since 2015 when the Evanston Art Center moved out of the facility. Since then, residents and city officials...

Evanston residents protest Dempster Street housing project

Evanston residents protest Dempster Street housing project

Elizabeth Byrne, Summer Editor

July 21, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Evanston residents gathered early Wednesday morning to protest a Dempster Street housing development funded by Housing Opportunities for Women. The Chicago-based organization that helps individuals find affordable housing previously sought funding from City Council for the housing development in September and were denied. HOW moved forward with the project without fundin...

Evanston receives approved bond rating

Evanston receives approved bond rating

Ahlaam Delange, Reporter

July 18, 2018


Filed under City, Local, Top City Stories

Evanston’s bond rate was approved on July 11 after concerns about it increasing when City Council passed a resolution to use bonds to finance the new Robert Crown Community Center and other projects in 2018. Evanston typically issues general obligation bonds for the annual capital improvement plan,...

Mario Treto named deputy city attorney

Mario Treto named deputy city attorney

Kristina Karisch, Summer Web Editor

July 17, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Mario Treto has been named the new deputy city attorney for transactions, corporation counsel Michelle Masoncup announced in a Monday news release. Treto, who previously served as assistant city attorney, replaces Masoncup in her old role. She was promoted to corporation counsel from deputy city attorney in late June. In the announcement, Masoncup said the city is advertising an o...

Evanston Preservation Commission votes to make former Foster School building historic landmark

Evanston Preservation Commission votes to make former Foster School building historic landmark

Wilson Chapman, Reporter

July 16, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories

The Evanston Preservation Commission passed a motion to support the designation of the former Foster School building as an Evanston landmark during a meeting last week. The Foster School building, located at 2010 Dewey Ave., housed the only school in the historically-black 5th Ward until it was closed...

Evanston breaks ground on new Robert Crown Community Center project

Evanston breaks ground on new Robert Crown Community Center project

Elizabeth Byrne, Summer Editor

July 16, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Evanston residents and city officials gathered Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the new Robert Crown Community Center. The ceremony, which was held on the fields of the Robert Crown Community Center, featured speeches from Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, parks,...