The Daily Northwestern

Three students attend community forum despite more publicity

Kimberly Railey

November 8, 2011

Filed under Administration, Campus (Archived), Politics

Despite extensive efforts to publicize this quarter's Community Conversations event, only two Northwestern students joined one Associated Student Government representative and about 12 Evanston residents at Seabury Hall on Wednesday night. Dean of Students Burgwell Howard cited the inclement weather and a con...

Sincerely, America seeks signatures for ‘Brothel law’ petition

Meghan Morris and Paulina Firozi

November 8, 2011

Filed under Campus (Archived), Greek, Politics

Members of Sincerely, America set up eight tents near the Rock on Tuesday night to work to repeal the ‘brothel law,' the Evanston zoning ordinance that prohibits more than three unrelated people from living together. Organizers handed out voter registration forms and a petition to repeal the broth...

City committee votes to advance ordinance softening pot penalties

Kimberly Railey and Patrick Svitek

November 7, 2011

Filed under Crime, Local

An Evanston City Council committee unanimously approved an ordinance lessening marijuana possession penalties Monday night, bringing it one step closer to officially being on the books. The ordinance, debated for almost an hour at Monday's Human Services Committee meeting, would ease punishments for city ...

Student victim of attempted cell-phone robbery on south campus

Staff report

November 7, 2011

Filed under Campus (Archived), Crime

A student walking behind Cahn Auditorium and Scott Hall was the victim of an attempted cell-phone robbery late Tuesday night, according to a University emergency notification sent to students early Wednesday morning. The attempted robbery marks the eighth time since Oct. 22 subjects have attempted or...

Evanston Police arrest boy linked to one of several recent smartphone robberies

Tanner Maxwell

November 7, 2011

Filed under City, Crime

Evanston police arrested a city resident Monday in connection with a cell phone robbery that took place on a Northwestern student's porch early Saturday morning, according to an EPD news release. Around 10:54 a.m. Monday, EPD officers were notified of four boys walking on the 2000 block of Wesley Avenue and that one may be in...

In Focus: City attempting to resolve pension crisis

Susan Du

November 6, 2011

Filed under City, State

The City of Evanston made small strides in addressing its current pension funding shortfall, according to the 2011 pension valuation report. Last month, the city's actuary determined that the police and firefighters' pension funds increased an estimated 5 percent from last year. Evanston currently owes $275...

Housing expert says building safety, over-occupancy should not be linked

Marshall Cohen

November 2, 2011

Filed under Administration, City

Housing policy expert Ellen Pader, who lectured Wednesday in Evanston on the so-called "brothel law," told The Daily on Thursday that city officials "problematically" linked the issue of building safety to over-occupancy. "It's interesting how this has played out in Evanston," Pader said. "It seems lik...

Bank of America refrains from charging debit card usage

Oliver Ortega

November 2, 2011

Filed under Business, Campus (Archived)

Bank of America announced it would not implement a new monthly debit card fee Tuesday, days after competitors JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo said they were abandoning similar plans. The fee was a way to recuperate revenue lost due to new federal limits on the amount banks can charge merchants for debit...

Brothel’ FOIA request denied by city

Marshall Cohen

November 2, 2011

Filed under City, Politics

City Clerk Rodney Greene said Thursday the city might have acted "fraudulently" by denying a Freedom of Information Act request for a list of all residences under investigation of building code violations. The request asked the city to apply the same standards it did in releasing to Northwestern last mont...

Seven Evanston schools earn high marks in newspaper’s rankings

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

Seven local schools receiving high marks in standardized tests are among the top 100 schools in the state, according to study results published by the Chicago Sun-Times in late October. Four Evanston schools were placed within the top 100 spots on the list of the state's 2,192 elementary schools. The analy...

State lawmakers discuss education issues at public forum

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

State legislators emphasized early childhood education, student health care and workforce development during a free forum Thursday night at the District 65 administration center. The public discussion, orginally slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m., ran long as more than 40 attendees weighed in on the topics a...

Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions helps exonerate three men

Safiya Merchant

November 2, 2011

Filed under Academic, Campus (Archived), Crime

Three men are scheduled to be released from Illinois prisons this week after being exonerated of a 1991 rape and murder Thursday with the help of Northwestern Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions and other legal advocacy groups. Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr are represented by the Ce...