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State initiative to hire more disabled people, integrate workforce passes General Assembly

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor

May 22, 2013


Filed under City, Politics, State

A bill that would provide more working opportunities for disabled people sailed through the Illinois General Assembly last week with the leadership of Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston). The Senate unanimously voted May 14 to send The Employment First Act to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn. The legislation...

Housing options expand for low-income renters in Cook County

Ciara McCarthy, Assistant City Editor

May 22, 2013


Filed under City, Local

Hundreds of low-income renters in Evanston will have expanded housing options starting in August, thanks to the passage of an ordinance by the Cook County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The ordinance prohibits landlords from discriminating against holders of housing choice vouchers, which...

Blotter: May 23

Tanner Maxwell, Reporter

May 22, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, Local

West Evanston garage broken into, gardening equipment stolen An 83-year-old man's garage in west Evanston was broken into Monday, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The resident woke up in the morning to find several tools missing from his garage in the 1000 block of Pitner Avenue, Parrott ...

Citizens’ rights advocacy group hosts film screening, Q&A with attorney

Citizens’ rights advocacy group hosts film screening, Q&A with attorney

Joseph Diebold, Web Editor

May 21, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, Local

Days after the Evanston Police Department announced it will increase its presence in the 5th Ward, an advocacy group hosted an event Tuesday to educate citizens about their rights when encountering officers. The Citizens Network of Protection brought about 10 Evanston residents to the Fleetwood-Jourdain...

Evanston Public Library to hold annual falcon banding ceremony

Evanston Public Library to hold annual falcon banding ceremony

Edward Cox, Assistant City Editor

May 21, 2013


Filed under City, Local

Do not be surprised if you see falcons swooping over downtown Evanston in the next few weeks. Workers from The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will come May 30 to the Evanston Public Library to band four recently hatched peregrine falcons. The feared birds known for stunning their prey in 200-mph...

Blotter: May 22

Ina Yang, Reporter

May 21, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, Local

Possible shootings reported in west Evanston Evanston police received a report of shots fired Sunday afternoon on the city's west side. At 2 p.m., a witness called the police saying a man with a gun in his hand was running after another person in the 2000 block of Jackson Avenue, Evanston Police ...

Evanston Public Library participates in initiative to improve technology service

Evanston Public Library participates in initiative to improve technology service

Jia You, City Editor

May 21, 2013


Filed under City, Local

Evanston Public Library will participate in a national pilot program this summer to figure out better ways to serve the community with technology. The library will participate in the Edge Initiative, a national program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helps libraries serve...

Evanston Township dissolution bill passes Illinois House, awaits Quinn’s signature

Jia You, City Editor

May 21, 2013


Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

Evanston voters may finally be able to decide whether to dissolve the Evanston Township at the next general election. A bill introduced by state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) that would enable Evanston voters to dissolve the township now awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's signature after passing the Illinois...

Evanston police unfazed as governor mulls medical marijuana law

Evanston police unfazed as governor mulls medical marijuana law

Edward Cox, Reporter

May 20, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, State

A bill legalizing medical marijuana is a governor's signature away from becoming Illinois law, which would allow Evanston residents to use the drug for medical purposes given they follow strict state guidelines. The Evanston Police Department would have few issues enforcing the legislation, which...

Evanston family remembers fatal shooting victim Blake Ross

Ciara McCarthy, Assistant City Editor

May 20, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories, Local

A few months ago, Blake Ross changed his niece’s diaper for the first time. His sister, Samantha Miles, remembered it with a smile. “He did a good job,” she said laughing. Miles said her younger brother, 20, was a great uncle who treated her daughters like they were his own. The Evanston...

Evanston City Council discusses policy goals for coming term

Evanston City Council discusses policy goals for coming term

Rachel Janik, Reporter

May 20, 2013


Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Evanston’s 79th City Council began mapping a course for the next four years Monday and raised the city’s annual budget by $6.5 million. As the new council prepares to move forward after last month’s elections, aldermen discussed the strengths, weaknesses and goals of the community to be targeted...

Blotter: May 21

Ina Yang, Reporter

May 20, 2013


Filed under City, Crime, Local

Stranger points gun at woman An unidentified man pointed a gun at a Chicago woman early Sunday morning in the 1300 block of Church Street, police said. The 29-year-old woman was walking east on Church Street near Asbury Avenue when the man came out of the bushes and pointed a gun at her, Evan...