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Evanston Plan Commission votes against 33-story Davis Street apartment tower

Evanston Plan Commission votes against 33-story Davis Street apartment tower

Amy Li, Reporter

November 30, 2017


Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

Members of Evanston’s Plan Commission unanimously voted against a 33-story apartment tower proposal Wednesday due to concerns about its size and parking. The vote stands in stark contrast to the overwhelming support the development plan received from the Preservation Commission on Oct. 10. The building — which would be located at 601 Davis St. — would be one of the city’s tallest buildings and is trumped ...

Aldermen vote to approve tax on vacation rentals, Airbnb properties

Aldermen vote to approve tax on vacation rentals, Airbnb properties

Kristina Karisch, Web Editor

November 29, 2017


Filed under City, Local, Politics

Aldermen at a Monday City Council meeting narrowly voted to approve a 7.5 percent tax on vacation rental units, thereby taxing them similarly to hotels and motels across Evanston. The ordinance originally resulted in a 4-4 tie among council members — Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th) was absent from...

Evanston man charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon

Sophie Mann, Reporter

November 27, 2017


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

An Evanston man was arrested Sunday night in connection with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two other charges. Officers responded to a call regarding a disturbance in the 200 block of Hartrey Avenue that involved two men who were in a Jeep, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said in a Monday...

EPD vacates Howard Street outpost as confidence in safety increases

EPD vacates Howard Street outpost as confidence in safety increases

Ryan Wangman, Development and Recruitment Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under City, Police, Top City Stories, Top Stories

The Evanston Police Department vacated its outpost on Howard Street on Monday, marking a newfound confidence in the safety of an area that has faced crime-related problems. Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said in a Monday news release that the outpost at 745 Howard St. — which the city leased...

Council rejects initial social services transfers, calls for restructuring of bureau

Council rejects initial social services transfers, calls for restructuring of bureau

Amelia Langas, Assistant City Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under City, Local

In an effort to cut costs, aldermen rejected a motion to hire one full-time and three part-time victim advocates for the Evanston Police Department’s Social Services Bureau. At Monday’s City Council meeting, aldermen voted 4-5 not to pass the proposal, which was included in the suggested 2018...

Aldermen vote to add tax for ride-sharing trips to budget proposal

Aldermen vote to add tax for ride-sharing trips to budget proposal

Kristina Karisch, Web Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under City, Local

Aldermen voted Monday to add a tax on trips taken with ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber to the proposed 2018 budget. The tax will raise the cost of each ride by 20 cents and would take effect following the city’s approval of the 2018 budget. Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) said the tax would not...

Blotter: Man arrested in south Evanston in connection with aggravated battery

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

A 35-year-old Chicago man was arrested Thursday in south Evanston in connection with aggravated battery. The man, who was a patient at St. Francis Hospital, had attempted to leave while still attached to an IV, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. After the man argued with security staff and hospital...

Following Albion development’s approval, community leaders call for more affordable units

Following Albion development’s approval, community leaders call for more affordable units

Ryan Wangman, Development and Recruitment Editor

November 20, 2017


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

Local affordable housing community leaders said though City Council approved a new 15-story Sherman Avenue apartment tower, developments should be required to meet a minimum number of housing units without exceptions. Aldermen voted 5-4 to approve construction of the Albion Residential building at the Nov. 13 City C...

Blotter: Man arrested in connection with DUI, multiple traffic offenses

Sophie Mann, Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under City, Crime

An Evanston resident was arrested Thursday in west Evanston in connection with driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as four traffic citations. Officers first observed the 59-year-old man speeding on Church Street near Hartrey Avenue, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The man then...

New EPL social worker seeks to provide resources to patrons, staff

New EPL social worker seeks to provide resources to patrons, staff

Kristina Karisch, Web Editor

November 19, 2017


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

When Justine Janis was applying for jobs in the Chicago area, she learned of an Evanston-based social worker position. Despite not knowing where exactly she would be based, she was intrigued. Janis — who holds a master’s degree in social work — had previously worked with veterans as a psychosocial...

‘Last Nevin’s’ roars with heavy crowds, ends with students pilfering property

‘Last Nevin’s’ roars with heavy crowds, ends with students pilfering property

Tim Balk, Gameday Editor

November 19, 2017


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

Northwestern students flooded Tommy Nevin’s Pub on Thursday, hoping to soak in one last night at the popular bar before it closes in late November. The line outside the bar, located at 1454 Sherman Ave., stretched down the sidewalk for much of the evening as students eagerly awaited what they ref...

Concerns raised over potential sale of historic Family Focus building

Amelia Langas, Assistant City Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under City, Local

The more than 100-year-old building that currently houses Family Focus — a nonprofit offering family and child support services — will be put up for sale in January despite concerns that doing so would remove a piece of Evanston history. At a June meeting, the nonprofit’s board voted to sell...