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Aldermen talk preliminary concerns for proposed 2018 budget

Aldermen talk preliminary concerns for proposed 2018 budget

Rishika Dugyala, City Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under City, Local

As city staff gears up to present next year’s proposed budget to City Council on Monday, Ald. Donald Wilson (4th) and Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th) shared concerns regarding staff layoffs and the redistribution of services. Wilson said before the budget was officially released Oct. 6, aldermen only...

Visual art nonprofit launches Evanston Mural Arts Program

Visual art nonprofit launches Evanston Mural Arts Program

Gabby Birenbaum, Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Local

Some overlooked spaces in Evanston will soon get a makeover, trading beige walls for colorful compositions as artists paint abstract murals for a local art initiative. Art Encounter, a visual art outreach nonprofit, launched its newest initiative — the Evanston Mural Arts Program — at the Hyatt...

Pawar ends gubernatorial campaign

Pawar ends gubernatorial campaign

Amelia Langas, Assistant City Editor

October 13, 2017


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

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) announced in a statement Thursday that he is dropping his bid for Illinois governor due to a lack of funds. Pawar’s campaign platform rested on recommitting to early childhood education and public schools without burdening the middle class, rebuilding infrastructure...

Blotter: Evanston resident arrested in connection with aggravated unlawful use of weapon

Sophie Mann, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under City, Crime

An Evanston man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a handgun recovery during a traffic stop in south Evanston. Officers pulled over a 32-year-old Niles resident in the 400 block of Asbury Avenue because he was speeding, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said in a news release. When officers...

Harley Clarke renovation draws interest of new youth art organization

Harley Clarke renovation draws interest of new youth art organization

Julia Esparza, Reporter

October 11, 2017


Filed under City, Local

An Oct. 9 Request for Proposal deadline yielded a new contender in the bid for the Harley Clarke Mansion, Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th) said Wednesday. Artists for Humanity, an organization that employs under-resourced teens to produce commissioned artwork, is now competing with Evanston Lakehouse and...

New CrossFit training center plans grand opening Sunday

New CrossFit training center plans grand opening Sunday

Anamaria Sayre, Reporter

October 11, 2017


Filed under Business, City

Tani Mintz said spaces where people can gather and feel welcome are hard to come by, a fact she kept in mind when opening her new CrossFit gym in Evanston. Tucked away in a space at the corner of Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue — and directly across the street from another CrossFit studio — Sharp...

Biss campaign raised more than $825,000 in third quarter

Biss campaign raised more than $825,000 in third quarter

Elizabeth Byrne, Assistant Campus Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under City, Politics, State

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) announced Friday that he had raised more than $825,000 from outside donors in the third quarter for his gubernatorial campaign, beating out businessmen J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy — son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. In a news release, the campaign team said...

Cook County soda tax repeal garners mixed reactions from Evanston restaurants

Cook County soda tax repeal garners mixed reactions from Evanston restaurants

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

October 11, 2017


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

Evanston businesses expressed mixed reactions to the Wednesday repeal of a controversial soda tax that went into effect just two months ago. The penny-per-ounce tax — narrowly passed by the Cook County Board last November — was repealed 15-2. As a result, soda drinkers and business owners won’t have to pay t...

Blotter: Evanston man arrested in connection with handgun recovery

Sophie Mann, Reporter

October 11, 2017


Filed under City, Crime

A 33-year-old Evanston man was arrested in west Evanston on Monday night in connection with three felonies and a misdemeanor, including one count of unlawful use of a weapon. Officers were dispatched to a home in the 1700 block of Hovland Court in response to a report of a man with a handgun, Evanston...

Evanston Preservation Commission votes to recommend development of 33-story building

Evanston Preservation Commission votes to recommend development of 33-story building

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Business, City, Local

The Evanston Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the planned development of a 33-story building in downtown Evanston despite concerns from some committee members and residents. The building, commissioned by Chicago-based Vermilion Development, would occupy the Chase Bank...

Organic fast-food restaurant seeks Evanston expansion amid parking concerns

Organic fast-food restaurant seeks Evanston expansion amid parking concerns

Kristina Karisch, Web Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Business, City

When Benjamin Brittsan and his wife Nicolette noticed a lack of fast-food restaurants that guaranteed organic fare to their customers, they decided to step in and fill the gap themselves. Their solution was Nic’s Organic Fast Food, a drive-through restaurant where customers can buy classic staples...

New breakfast concept to replace Creperie Saint Germain

New breakfast concept to replace Creperie Saint Germain

Syd Stone, Copy Chief

October 10, 2017


Filed under Business, City, Top City Stories

Evanston restaurant owner Pascal Berthoumieux will replace Creperie Saint Germain with a new breakfast restaurant later this month, he announced in a Friday news release. The new restaurant, Z Breakfast Club — 1512 Sherman Ave. — will serve classic breakfast and brunch dishes as well as French...