The Daily Northwestern

City pension fund deficit still an issue

Dan Hill

February 8, 2010


Filed under City

City officials said they want to keep Evanston's $159 million pension fund deficit in the public consciousness.Evanston must fill the prodigious gap by 2033, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. The deficit was realized in 2007 when the city reevaluated its actuarial assumptions and learned it had be...

Federal HUD grant shakes up west Evanston housing plans

Adam Sege

February 8, 2010


Filed under City

As Evanston awaits specific instructions on how to spend its $18 million affordable housing grant, the fate of a proposed 98-unit housing community in west Evanston remains uncertain.At a conference in Washington, D.C. last week, two city officials learned new details about the funds from representatives of the Un...

Action regarding Great Room postponed until March 16 by zoning board

Brittney Wong

February 8, 2010


Filed under Local

The Zoning Board of Appeals postponed action regarding the Great Room until March 16 at a meeting Tuesday night.At that time, the board will resume discussion on the fate of the Northwestern-owned building at 610 Haven St., which currently serves as NU's newest dining option.Evanston residents George...

Making Evanston affordable: $18 million on way for affordable housing units

Adam Sege

January 17, 2010


Filed under Local

If Paul Abbott could find an affordable apartment in Evanston, he would move here.Abbott, who is 45 years-old, lives just south of the city's Chicago border. He paints homes in the northern suburbs for a living, driving to Wilmette, Waukegan and even Naperville for work. Most of his family lives in ...

Children, parents protest North Branch Library’s proposed closing

Emilia Barrosse

January 17, 2010


Filed under Local

Young and old gathered in front of the North Branch Library Monday to protest a proposed budget cut that would shut down the city's branch libraries.Organized by Evanston resident Jonathan Polish, the protest was attended overwhelmingly by children, outlining the sentiment that their interest in keepin...

Blotter: Jan. 19

Grace Johnson

January 16, 2010


Filed under Crime

Trespasser plagues NU basketball gameA man repeatedly trespassed at the Northwestern-Purdue basketball game Saturday evening, police said.The suspect, Colin Ryan, an Evanston resident, was in the Northeast corner of Welsh-Ryan Arena where he was trying to view the game, when police confronted him, Nor...

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 grant has Mayor Tisdahl saying ‘yippee!’

Brittney Wong

January 13, 2010


Filed under City, Local

Evanston officials were "thrilled" to hear the announcement Thursday morning that the city will receive more than $18 million in grant money as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2.NSP2 is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that provides funding for efforts to revita...

City officials: Deficit in mind, NU students crucial to 2010 census

Emilia Barrosse

January 11, 2010


Filed under City

As Evanston prepares for the 2010 census, city and Northwestern officials are coordinating efforts to ensure NU students are included.Counting students is important to the city's well-being, said Lucile Krasnow, special assistant for community relations at NU."Every student that we count brings in an est...

Evanston may cut ‘party car’ patrol funding

Grace Johnson

January 11, 2010


Filed under City

Northwestern students living off campus may be seeing fewer police patrols next year.A proposed budget for the City of Evanston lists the elimination of a "special patrol for off-campus housing with NUPD" to help reduce the city's $9.5 million budget deficit. The "party car" staffs both NU and Evans...

Blotter: Jan. 14

Rebecca Cohen

January 11, 2010


Filed under City, Crime

Person throws cinderblock through fraternity windowAn unknown individual threw a cinderblock through the window of the Pi Kappa Alpha house Tuesday, University Police said.The fraternity's president said he was watching a movie in the house, 2317 Sheridan Rd., at 2 a.m. when he heard glass break, Deputy...

Blotter 1/12

Grace Johnson

January 11, 2010


Filed under Crime

Police pull over man with bloody nose at traffic stopNorthwestern police pulled over a Chicago resident early Monday morning in Evanston for a traffic violation and discovered he had been involved in a domestic fight, police said.Police noticed the man running a traffic light in the 1600 block of Chica...

Evanston officials to vote on cell phone driving ban

Erin Kim

January 10, 2010


Filed under City

The Evanston City Council may vote on a proposal later that would take a recent statewide ban on cell phone use while driving one step further in the coming weeks.The council is slotted to act on the proposal, which will make talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving illegal, ...