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City hosts panel of experts to discuss affordable housing strategies

City hosts panel of experts to discuss affordable housing strategies

Clare Proctor, Reporter

May 31, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

A group of housing experts discussed different approaches to maintaining affordable housing in Evanston at a panel presentation Wednesday. The panel, hosted by the city, featured Al Weel, senior vice president of commercial real estate at Wintrust Bank; Tim Klont, vice president and manager of the...

Evanston Arts Council announces cultural fund grant awardees

Evanston Arts Council announces cultural fund grant awardees

Wilson Chapman, Reporter

May 31, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The Evanston Arts Council awarded grants to 12 recipients Friday as part of the 2018-19 cycle of its Cultural Fund Grant Program. According to a Friday news release from the Arts Council, the program’s funds were provided by the city, which distributed $30,000 in total to various awardees. Five...

Illinois House approves Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois House approves Equal Rights Amendment

Syd Stone, City Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, National, Top Stories

The Illinois House voted 72-45 on Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, becoming the 37th state to greenlight the amendment designed to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex. The House vote follows an April vote by the Senate, and the...

Blotter: Police respond to possible false reports of shots fired

Julia Esparza, Copy Chief

May 31, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

Police responded to possibly false reports of shots fired Sunday night in south Evanston. An anonymous caller alerted the Evanston Police Department after claiming to hear two shots fired near the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Dobson Street, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. Multiple units...

Evanston residents propose demolition plan for Harley Clarke mansion

Evanston residents propose demolition plan for Harley Clarke mansion

Samantha Handler, Assistant City Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) requested at a council meeting Monday that aldermen consider a proposal to demolish the Harley Clarke mansion after a group announced it had secured sufficient funding from donations. Nicole Kustok and Jeff Coney, members of the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group, announced during...

Chicago man found guilty of sexually abusing woman at Evanston spa in 2016

Chicago man found guilty of sexually abusing woman at Evanston spa in 2016

Syd Stone, City Editor

May 30, 2018


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

A Chicago man was found guilty last week of sexually abusing a woman in a case stemming from a 2016 incident. Kai Wang, 31, was convicted of attempted sexual assault but acquitted of more serious sexual assault charges on May 23, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. Wang was arrested in October...

City Council approves special use permit for 1727 Oak Ave. building

City Council approves special use permit for 1727 Oak Ave. building

Elizabeth Byrne, Copy Chief

May 30, 2018


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

Aldermen voted 6-2 on Tuesday to approve a special use permit for a 17-story, age-restricted property development located at 1727 Oak Ave. The development was previously introduced at a City Council meeting on May 14. The proposed development will include 169 rental units, a dog park, a pool and 139 parking spots. “It provi...

Aldermen discuss new possibilities for Oakton Street property

Aldermen discuss new possibilities for Oakton Street property

Catherine Henderson, Assistant City Editor

May 30, 2018


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

Aldermen held the termination of the lease with Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. in committee during the Administration and Public Works meeting Tuesday, requesting direction from city staff about negotiations with the company and a proposal for future use of the property. According to city documents,...

Illinois Democrats push Rauner to enact health care changes

Illinois Democrats push Rauner to enact health care changes

Catherine Henderson, Assistant City Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

The 11 Illinois Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a second letter Tuesday pushing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to protect constituents from spikes in health insurance premiums. According to a news release, U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) led nine others...

Committee expands Divvy use to income-eligible residents

Committee expands Divvy use to income-eligible residents

Samantha Handler, Assistant City Editor

May 29, 2018


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

The Transportation and Parking Committee voted Wednesday to start a program that expands Divvy bike use to low-income residents. The program — Divvy for Everyone — allows income-eligible residents who are 16 years old or older to buy a one-time Divvy annual membership for $5, according to city...

EPD investigating arson after structure fire at Rice Education Center

Julia Esparza, Copy Chief

May 29, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

The Evanston Police Department is investigating reports of arson after a fire broke out at Rice Education Center on Sunday night. The Evanston Fire Department called EPD to the building in the 1100 block of Washington Street after a structure fire started in the center’s laundry room at about 7:10...

Aldermen to consider Oak Avenue, Chicago Avenue developments

Aldermen to consider Oak Avenue, Chicago Avenue developments

Catherine Henderson, Assistant City Editor

May 28, 2018


Filed under City, Local, Politics

Aldermen are set to vote on a special use permit for a 17-story, age-restricted rental development at 1727 Oak Ave. during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. At a council meeting on May 14, aldermen voted 7-1 to advance the special permit for introduction. However, multiple council members voiced concerns about the development leading to increased traffic on Ridge Avenue. The proposed building ...