The Daily Northwestern

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 ...

Council delays several capital improvement programs for 2018

Council delays several capital improvement programs for 2018

Samantha Handler, Assistant City Editor

May 28, 2018


Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top City Stories

Aldermen cut several projects from the 2018 Capital Improvement program, meeting the $10 million target for the plan. Evanston’s engineering and capital planning bureau chief Lara Biggs said at a council meeting on May 21 that in past years, the city generally did not exceed in awarding more than...

Daughter of Salvadoran woman seeking refuge in Evanston will not be immediately deported

Daughter of Salvadoran woman seeking refuge in Evanston will not be immediately deported

Julia Esparza, Copy Chief

May 25, 2018


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top Stories

A Salvadoran 21-year-old who was separated from her family members before they found refuge in an Evanston church will be able to remain in the U.S. until her case is reviewed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Yesica, who has been held in a Houston detention center for more than a year after att...

EPD encourages citizens to stay vigilant at 8th Ward meeting

EPD encourages citizens to stay vigilant at 8th Ward meeting

Kristina Karisch, Development and Recruitment Editor

May 25, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

In response to a recent spike in crime and gun violence in the 8th Ward, Evanston police officers and Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) said Thursday that residents should be aware and report all suspicious behavior to the Evanston Police Department. Speaking at an 8th Ward meeting at the Levy Senior Center,...