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City shuts off 6 water fountains due to high lead levels

Billy Kobin, Reporter
June 7, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Six water fountains in Evanston parks will remain shut off as the summer season begins after tests showed high lead levels. The fountains had lead levels that exceeded the federal limit of 15 parts per billion, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. In addition, Bobkiewicz said 13 fountains located in...

Documents show EPL officials wanted to terminate Lesley Williams for years

Documents show EPL officials wanted to terminate Lesley Williams for years

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
June 4, 2017
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

Evanston Public Library officials have been calling for the termination of popular librarian Lesley Williams for years, according to documents removed Friday from the city’s online public records portal. The documents show library officials criticizing Williams in a 2015 performance evaluation of...

Hagerty, Schapiro pledge to uphold Paris Accord after Trump withdraws

Hagerty, Schapiro pledge to uphold Paris Accord after Trump withdraws

Amelia Langas, Reporter
June 4, 2017
Filed under City, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

University President Morton Schapiro and Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty on Friday criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and pledged to remain dedicated to the cause. Schapiro and Hagerty both signed on to statements promising they would continue to...

Kabul House to open Evanston location Saturday

Kabul House to open Evanston location Saturday

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
June 3, 2017
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories

When Akmal Qazi’s parents first opened their Afghan restaurant in Evanston just three days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, they were concerned about how it would be received. Nearly 16 years later, Qazi is expanding Kabul House to a bigger location — 2424 Dempster St. — due to the restaurant's...

Evanston police begin summer-long body camera test

Evanston police begin summer-long body camera test

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
June 2, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Police, Top City Stories

Evanston Police Department officers and supervisors began testing body-worn cameras Friday in a pilot program expected to last through the summer. In a news release, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said EPD — in partnership with University Police — received a grant to implement a body-worn...

After state lawmakers fail to pass budget, Evanston braces for possible impact

After state lawmakers fail to pass budget, Evanston braces for possible impact

Billy Kobin, Reporter
June 1, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

Illinois lawmakers ended their spring session Wednesday without agreeing on a state budget, setting up the impasse for a possible third year. Despite the Senate passing a budget plan last week, members of the Democrat-controlled House could not agree to vote on the plan. The impasse — the longest state b...

EPL librarian Lesley Williams to face possible termination on Friday

EPL librarian Lesley Williams to face possible termination on Friday

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
June 1, 2017
Filed under City, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Popular librarian Lesley Williams will face another disciplinary hearing Friday morning that could lead to her termination from the Evanston Public Library. Williams, EPL’s only black librarian, said she received notice Tuesday from library director Karen Danczak Lyons that she would again be suspended...

Evanston Community Foundation announces more than $800,000 in annual grants

Evanston Community Foundation announces more than $800,000 in annual grants

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
May 31, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The Evanston Community Foundation awarded a number of strategic grants at an annual celebration on Tuesday. Members of ECF presented awards at the ceremony — held at The Crystal Ballroom and Lounge, 529 Davis St. — and announced grants for local community organizations. The grants totaled more...

Northwestern student arrested in Springfield budget protest

Northwestern student arrested in Springfield budget protest

David Fishman, City Editor
May 31, 2017
Filed under City, State, Top City Stories, Top Stories

A Northwestern student was arrested Tuesday night outside Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office after joining a protest to highlight the negative ramifications of Illinois’ historic budget impasse. Medill senior Scott Brown, a former Daily staffer, was among 31 people arrested and charged with...

D65 report calls for ‘sense of urgency’ to address needs of marginalized students

D65 report calls for ‘sense of urgency’ to address needs of marginalized students

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
May 26, 2017
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

An Evanston/Skokie School District 65 equity report found a lack of racial literacy, a need for more multicultural education and called for “urgency” in addressing marginalized students and families. The report, prepared by independent consultant Corrie Wallace, was presented to the District 65...

YMCA, Childcare Network of Evanston partner to bring Head Start program to 5th Ward

YMCA, Childcare Network of Evanston partner to bring Head Start program to 5th Ward

Ben Pope, Assistant Sports Editor
May 26, 2017
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories

Low-income families in Evanston, especially those in the 5th Ward, now have a new resource for childhood education. Childcare Network of Evanston and the McGaw YMCA have partnered to begin providing the Head Start program for children aged 3 to 5, said Deepa Mehta, CNE’s director of early childhood...

Activists march to Springfield to demand progressive budget, highlight effects of stalemate

Activists march to Springfield to demand progressive budget, highlight effects of stalemate

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
May 26, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

The schedule is strict and consistent. Every morning since leaving Chicago on May 15, Joe Padilla and Anna Sekiguchi have woken up, swallowed down breakfast and started marching toward Springfield by 9 a.m. Alongside 10 other activists from Fair Economy Illinois — a coalition of groups who organized...