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Evanston aldermen pass 2012 budget, new marijuana ordinance

Marshall Cohen and Patrick Svitek

November 27, 2011

Filed under City, Local

Evanston aldermen voted Monday night on two highly anticipated proposals, passing the city's 2012 budget and decriminalizing possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The $250 million budget, first proposed in October, was passed with a 6-3 vote. Both those in favor of and against next year's spen...

City to create new committee for rental license proposal

Marshall Cohen

November 27, 2011

Filed under City, Politics

The Evanston City Council unanimously voted Monday night to create a mayoral-appointed committee to consider the proposed rental licensing law. The proposal to be studied would require all landlords in Evanston to apply for a rental license before they can rent properties. These licenses would have highe...

Northwestern alum to run for Illinois House seat

Kimberly Railey

November 27, 2011

Filed under Alumni, State

Northwestern alum Jeff Smith (WCAS '77) will officially appear on the ballot for the 17th District Illinois House seat, he told The Daily on Monday. Smith said he filed his candidacy at 8 a.m. Monday, the first day nomination papers could be filled and a week earlier than the Dec. 5 deadline. He began circ...

Blotter: Nov. 21

Susan Du

November 19, 2011

Filed under City

Theft from hospital An employee at Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave., told police a theft occurred between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said. The employee said an unknown person took a pair of eyeglasses, a medical spending card and $62 in cash from a purse that had ...

Evanston Police Department’s anti-drug efforts featured on MSNBC series

Kimberly Railey

November 19, 2011

Filed under Crime

The drug enforcement efforts of Evanston police were featured on national television Saturday in the MSNBC series "The faces." Evanston police were also shown seizing illegal firepower from the man's home. - Kimberly Railey...

Russian hackers breach water system in central Illinois

Marshall Cohen

November 19, 2011

Filed under State

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security revealed Friday they are looking into an apparent cyber attack that shut down a water pump near Springfield earlier this month. Reuters reported the Nov. 8 cyber attack originated from Russia and the hackers repeatedly switched the pump on and off, resu...

District 65 to vote on new school referendum at Monday meeting

Patrick Svitek

November 19, 2011

Filed under Local

District 65 board members will vote whether to advance a referendum proposal to build a new school in Evanston's Fifth Ward at their regular meeting tonight. The board's recommendation calls for opening a new K-5 school in the city's central core - also known as the Fifth Ward - and reorganizing "space" a...

CouponCat brings Evanston deals to students

Yu Sun Chin

November 19, 2011

Filed under Business, Campus (Archived)

A new student enterprise called CouponCat will provide weekly discounts for Evanston businesses starting Wednesday. CouponCat will officially launch in a joint collaboration with Beck's Book Store. For one week, students will be able to purchase $20 worth of Beck's merchandise for $10, said Weinber...

Construction begins on GFS marketplace

Kimberly Railey

November 19, 2011

Filed under Business, Local

GFS Marketplace will break ground today on a new store in Evanston, bumping its number of locations in the greater Chicago area to 14. The construction represents the first project in Evanston to align with environmental guidelines passed by city council members in 2009 and is slated to conclude in ...

Winter farmers market slated to open in December

Audrey Cheng

November 16, 2011

Filed under Business, Local

Local farmers market organizer Dennis Clarkson on Thursday said he is excited to finally introduce Evanston's winter farmers market next month. Evanston150's final vote for the 10 best ways to improve the city included the implementation of a year-round farmers market. Clarkson, who said his market aligns wi...

In Focus: Recent crimes spur University action

Kris Anne Bonifacio and Vasiliki Mitrakos

November 16, 2011

Filed under Administration, Campus (Archived), Crime, In Focus

Earlier this month, a Northwestern student was walking behind Cahn Auditorium when three men approached him from behind and tried to take his cell phone. The attempted robbery came only two days after another Northwestern student was robbed of his cell phone, that time on his porch at an off-campus...

Obama praises Feinberg’s women in science program

Kris Anne Bonifacio

November 15, 2011

Filed under Academic, Campus (Archived), National

President Barack Obama recognized Tuesday a Feinberg School of Medicine Program that encourages high school girls to pursue careers in the field of science. The Women's Health Science Program for High School Girls and Beyond was one of the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scienc...