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lllinois ranks 1st nationally in number of wind farms installed in 2011

Alexandria Johnson

January 30, 2012


Filed under Local, State

While Evanston continues weighing the viability of a Lake Michigan wind farm, Illinois is leading the country in the number of wind turbines it installed last year. In 2011, the state added 404 wind turbines and ranked second behind California in the total amount of the turbines' power capacity, according...

Northwestern alum, prof to receive Illinois funding for startups

Susan Du

January 30, 2012


Filed under Alumni, Local, State

The state's newly formed Invest Illinois Venture Fund's first investments will allocate $575,000 to two Chicago area startups, one founded by a Northwestern alumnus and another by an NU professor. The Invest Illinois Venture Fund is part of a $78 million Advantage Illinois program, which was created l...

Metra enacts its most severe fare hike

Marshall Cohen

January 29, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Metra fares increased Wednesday by an average of 25 percent across the board - the greatest single fare hike in the Chicago-area rail line's history. The Metra board unanimously approved the 2012 budget containing the fare increases Nov. 11 after a series of public discussions. "We need to have a balanc...

State Rep. Daniel Biss leads fundraising for Illinois Senate seat

Marshall Cohen

January 29, 2012


Filed under Local, State

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) has a significant fundraising lead over Republican challenger Marc Levine in the race to represent Evanston in the Illinois State Senate, according to contribution disclosure forms filed last month. Biss raised $128,039 for his state Senate campaign in the fourth qua...

Evanston resident hopes to bring Mosaic diversity program to Northwestern

Sammy Caiola

January 29, 2012


Filed under Local, Politics

Evanston resident Pamela Cook is looking to bring her "one-woman show" to Northwestern, using custom-designed interactive workshops to spread a message of openness and acceptance toward racial issues in Evanston and beyond. Mosaic Experience is an Evanston-based for-profit organization that helps gro...

Full story: Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl revokes The Keg’s liquor license

Marshall Cohen

January 28, 2012


Filed under Business, Local

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has revoked the liquor license of The Keg of Evanston, 810 Grove St., according to a statement issued by the city Monday. "It is always an extremely difficult decision to revoke a license of a local business, but I have to also consider the health and welfare of the communi...

Twitter account cited as evidence against The Keg may be student-run

Marshall Cohen

January 27, 2012


Filed under Business, City, Local

The city may have cited a satirical Twitter account authored by a Northwestern student while presenting evidence against The Keg during a liquor board hearing Friday. After a meeting of the city's Liquor Control Review Board on Friday, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced she would decide by Tue...

Emanuel announces initiative to improve job prospects for community college graduates

Jia You

January 27, 2012


Filed under State

Every day, Melissa Jones, a freshman at Harry S Truman College, rushes home at 7 p.m. She puts her two-year-old son to bed two hours later and then begins her homework. She also works at a nightclub on weekends. In addition to those responsibilities, Jones is taking a full course load this semester at her schoo...

Black History Month exhibit on display at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

Alexandria Johnson

January 27, 2012


Filed under Local, Travel

Paintings, photographs and collages from Chicago-area black artists now adorn the walls of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., in recognition of Black History Month. The exhibit, "Renaissance Reloaded: Art in Black Chicago, Then and Now," launched with an opening reception Sunday that attracted ...

Edzo’s TV coverage brings in big weekend business

Chelsea Corbin

January 27, 2012


Filed under Local

Edzo's Burger Shop attracted customers from the greater Chicago area following coverage on the restaurant show "Check, Please!" The WTTW Channel 11 program, in conjunction with a feature shown last week on CLTV's "Chicago's Best," was responsible for lines that extended out the door of the restaurant at...

Blotter: Jan. 30

Jia You

January 27, 2012


Filed under Crime

Two Northwestern students arrested for underage possession of liquor Evanston police arrested two Northwestern students Thursday for underage possession of liquor. Detectives responded to complaints of students of age purchasing liquor for minors at Evanston 1st Liquors, 1019 Davis St. They observed a fe...

Chicago attracts businesses, helps alleviate Illinois unemployment

Audrey Cheng

January 25, 2012


Filed under Business, State

The unemployment rate in Illinois dropped to 9.8 percent in December, mainly because several big businesses have relocated their headquarters to the state, a government official told The Daily on Thursday. Greg Rivara, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said the decreas...