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Residents raise concerns as city forms citizen complaint group

Residents raise concerns as city forms citizen complaint group

Billy Kobin, Reporter
March 3
Filed under City, Crime, Politics

Residents expressed concern Thursday about the process of forming a citizen-run committee to evaluate the Evanston Police Department’s complaint review process. The meeting was the the second public discussion on the topic, as EPD officials presented last week on how the current review process works. On Thursday, city staff presented results of a survey taken on how the city should go about forming the committee. Th...

Parents, community members organize in support of District 65 referendum

Parents, community members organize in support of District 65 referendum

Marissa Page, Managing Editor
March 3
Filed under City, Education

Several Evanston/Skokie School District 65 parents, educators and community members have organized in support of the April referendum that could raise property taxes to support the district. The Committee to Save Our Schools launched following District 65’s January decision to introduce the referendum on t...

Hope for grand bargain dissipates in state Senate

Hope for grand bargain dissipates in state Senate

Nora Shelly, City Editor
March 3
Filed under City, Politics, State

Republican support for a package of “grand bargain” bills in the Illinois Senate unexpectedly dissipated this week after alleged interference from the governor’s office. Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said Wednesday that planned voting on the package of bills was postponed after he was told...

Steve Hagerty outspends Mark Tendam in primary

Steve Hagerty outspends Mark Tendam in primary

David Fishman, Assistant City Editor
March 3
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Businessman Steve Hagerty has raised more money and far outspent Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) in Evanston’s mayoral race, according to campaign finance disclosures from mid-August to the end of the year. In that time period, Hagerty raised $109,079 — with about 53 percent coming from loans he made to...

Police Blotter: Man arrested in connection with hit and run

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
March 3
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories, Local

A man was arrested in connection with a hit and run accident early Wednesday morning in south Evanston, police said. No one was injured in the hit and run involving two vehicles, which occurred on Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Callan, but one male driver fled the scene, Evanston police...

Mayoral candidates look ahead to general election

Mayoral candidates look ahead to general election

David Fishman, Assistant City Editor
March 2
Filed under City, Politics

Businessman Steve Hagerty and Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) have begun to shift the focus of their mayoral campaigns toward next month’s general election, rallying additional volunteers, raising money and working to differentiate themselves from their opponent. While neither campaign has settled on a definitive...

Evanston voters turn out in low numbers for mayoral primary

Evanston voters turn out in low numbers for mayoral primary

Marissa Page, Managing Editor
March 2
Filed under City, Politics

Nearly 20 percent of registered Evanston voters cast ballots in the mayoral primary contest, according to data from the Cook County Clerk’s Office. Of the 49,874 residents eligible to vote in Evanston, just under 10,000 turned out during early voting and on Election Day Tuesday to vote for one...

City officials respond to complaints about postal service

City officials respond to complaints about postal service

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
March 2
Filed under City

Aldermen said Monday they planned to respond to complaints regarding postal delivery in certain wards. Residents have cited erratic delivery times and late delivery of their mail, as well as frequent changes in the letter carriers themselves. Following a series of complaints lodged by residents and...

Police Blotter: Man arrested in connection with domestic battery

Syd Stone, Reporter
March 2
Filed under City

An Evanston resident was arrested in connection with domestic battery Monday. The 51-year-old man’s daughter reported that her father had struck her while sitting in his parked car at the Shell gas station, 500 Dodge Ave. The woman reported that she and her father got into a dispute at about...

Senate votes on several items from grand bargain package

Senate votes on several items from grand bargain package

Nora Shelly, City Editor
March 1
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

Illinois state senators voted Tuesday on several measures included in a “grand bargain” package of bills intended to end the state budget impasse. It was the first of several days of voting on the bills, which include measures to raise the income tax and increase and institute pension reform....

Robin Rue Simmons, Carolyn Murray moving on in 5th Ward race

Robin Rue Simmons, Carolyn Murray moving on in 5th Ward race

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
March 1
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

Robin Rue Simmons and Carolyn Murray will be moving on to the general election in April for the 5th Ward aldermanic race. Simmons and Murray received the highest number of votes in the primary, carrying just over 50 percent and 21 percent of the vote respectively. Carlis Sutton, who received over...

Students engage in Evanston’s mayoral primary

Students engage in Evanston’s mayoral primary

Matthew Choi, Campus Editor
March 1
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Politics, Top Stories

As Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl approaches the end of her term, some Northwestern students are mobilizing to elect the city’s next mayor. Ross Krasner, Associated Student Government’s vice president for community relations, said he voted in both the mayoral and aldermanic elections for candidates...