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Evanston Refugee Task Force unveils new ‘welcoming city’ webpage

Evanston Refugee Task Force unveils new ‘welcoming city’ webpage

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under City, Top Stories

Evanston officials unveiled a new “welcoming city” page on the city’s website designed to inform local refugees about resources available to them at a meeting of the Refugee Task Force on Thursday. The webpage effort was spearheaded by the city’s housing policy and planning analyst, Savannah...

Blotter: Mount Prospect woman charged with driving under influence in Evanston

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under City, Crime

A Mount Prospect woman was pulled over in west Evanston early Thursday morning and arrested in connection with driving under the influence. At 2:00 a.m., the 32-year-old woman was stopped in the 2000 block of Emerson Street for driving erratically, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. When the...

Biss hires echo themes from Obama campaign

Biss hires echo themes from Obama campaign

David Fishman, City Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under City

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) is laying the groundwork for a grassroots movement, bolstering his gubernatorial team this week with some of former President Barack Obama’s staffers and strategists. The mathematician-turned-politician announced Thursday that 270 Strategies — a Chicago-based ...

Local representatives encourage political engagement in residents

Local representatives encourage political engagement in residents

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under City, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Local representatives encouraged Evanston residents in their political engagement at the kickoff event for activist group Indivisible Evanston on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Ald.-elect Cicely Fleming (9th) spoke to a crowd of more than 170...

ETHS hosts first LGBTQ summit

ETHS hosts first LGBTQ summit

Amelia Langas, Reporter
April 20, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories

Some students celebrated Evanston Township High School’s inclusivity following the school’s first LGBTQ summit, which was held earlier this month as part of the school’s Social Consciousness Series. With the summit, held April 7, the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance aimed to foster a...

Chicago EPA office denies rumors of closing

Aidan Markey, Web Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Chicago office has rejected speculation it will be closing as part of proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump’s administration. Robert Kaplan, director of the Region 5 Chicago office, addressed the speculation in a memo sent to the office’s staff...

Kelly, Durbin introduce legislation targeting unemployment in areas with high poverty rates

Stavros Agorakis, Reporter
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will introduce two pieces of legislation to Congress next week that detail a plan to increase employment opportunities for at-risk Illinois youth, according to a news release. The acts aim to increase federal resources for the creation...

In third town hall, equity coordinator stresses need for engagement with city

Maddie Burakoff, Web Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Top City Stories

Evanston’s newly appointed equity and empowerment coordinator, Rev. Dr. Patricia Efiom, urged residents to “trust the system” and engage with the city to enact change during a town hall Wednesday. The meeting, held at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, was the third in a series of five town...

Elected officials endorsing candidates not an ethics violation, board finds

Elected officials endorsing candidates not an ethics violation, board finds

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Elected officials may endorse candidates running for office, the Evanston Board of Ethics decided at a Tuesday meeting. The board discussed a series of complaints submitted by residents that pertained to the recent municipal elections at the meeting. The board came to decisions on some of the issues and de...

Second equity town hall sees low attendance

Second equity town hall sees low attendance

Jonah Dylan, Print Development and Recruitment Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, Top City Stories

Rev. Dr. Patricia Efiom hosted the second of five town halls at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center on Tuesday night to discuss issues of access, equity and empowerment in Evanston. “A big part of my job is to work inside of the city to break down some of the historical racism that exists in the city and ...

Mayor-elect Steve Hagerty addresses potential conflicts of interest

Mayor-elect Steve Hagerty addresses potential conflicts of interest

David Fishman, City Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Mayor-elect Steve Hagerty said he would "evaluate" maintaining his seat on the board of First Bank & Trust after some city officials and Evanston residents raised concerns at a Monday Rules Committee meeting. Hagerty, who owns an Evanston-based emergency consulting business, receives a flat “stipend”...

Blotter: Evanston man arrested in connection with retail theft from Jewel in south Evanston

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

A 22-year-old Evanston man was arrested at the Jewel-Osco in southwest Evanston on Monday afternoon in connection with a theft around 2:30 p.m. An employee at the Jewel-Osco, 2485 Howard St., noticed the Evanston resident put liquor, headphones, diapers and wipes in a cart and leave without paying,...