The Daily Northwestern

Female masseuse charged with prostitution at south Evanston parlor

Marshall Cohen

April 6, 2012


Filed under Crime

A female masseuse was charged with prostitution Wednesday after she allegedly agreed to perform a sex act for payment at a south Evanston massage parlor. Chicago resident Haihua Zhang, 43, allegedly agreed to "go beyond the normal massage" in exchange for compensation from an undercover police officer, ...

Evanston bucks Illinois trend of increased cases of moderate flu this season

Amanda Gilbert

April 2, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Evanston has not been affected by the rise of moderate flu cases in Illinois this year, city health department director Evonda Thomas told The Daily on Wednesday. Illinois has been one of the states hit hardest by the flu this year, said Melaney Arnold, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public ...

Evanston officials optimistic after feds, Great Lakes states reach offshore wind agreement

Susan Du

April 2, 2012


Filed under Local, State

The Obama administration and the governors of five Great Lakes states signed a memorandum of understanding Friday in support of developing offshore wind resources, advancing a concept Evanston officials have been pushing for years. The federal vote of confidence in renewable energy coincides with the ...

Biss bill to end public university pension ‘double-dipping’ clears Illinois House

Susan Du

April 2, 2012


Filed under Local, State

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) passed legislation out of the House on March 31 to eliminate pension double-dipping at public universities. Pension double-dipping is the practice of returning to work as a retiree to simultaneously collect a pension and salary. Private universities operating on a defi...

Q&A with ASG presidential candidates Kameron Dodge, Victor Shao and Dan Tully

Allison Lasher

April 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Politics, Student Government

Sidewalks are covered, email lists are blasted and profile pictures are changed. This can only mean one thing: ASG elections are upon us. ASG candidates hit the campaign trail on Monday, with three sets of candidates officially launching their bids for the 2012-2013 presidency. Junior running mates K...

Amid Mega Millions hype, Illinois becomes first state to sell lottery tickets online

Alexandria Johnson

March 30, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Even before the Mega Millions frenzy over Friday's record-breaking $640 million drawing, a south Evanston convenience store sold two second-prize tickets, beating 1 in 4 million odds. United Food Mart, 331 W. Howard St., sold the two Mega Millions tickets March 23. They are worth $250,000 each, but...

Blotter: March 30

Jia You

March 27, 2012


Filed under Crime

Man loses wallet during Frisbee An Evanston resident lost his wallet while playing Frisbee on Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old laid his backpack down while playing at Mason Park, 1724 Church St., and found his wallet missing from the backpack later, said Perry Polinski, the Evanston Police Departmen...

Evanston city website wins transparency award

Jia You

March 27, 2012


Filed under City

Evanston's government website won the 2012 Sunny Award for transparency earlier this month, placing it among the top 5 percent of government websites nationwide. The Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization devoted to government transparency, gives out the award annually to recognize government websites ...

Evanston native Axelrood excited to serve after winning close judicial race

Audrey Cheng

March 27, 2012


Filed under State

Evanston-native Larry Axelrood won one of the two 9th subcircuit judicial vacancies on March 20, earning a plurality of the vote in a competitive contest. Axelrood will now preside over cases from Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Rogers Park and other nearby neighborhoods. The Evanston Town...

Northwestern to file security plan with state three years late

Marshall Cohen

March 27, 2012


Filed under Campus (Archived), State

Northwestern, and about two-thirds of all colleges and universities in Illinois, failed to file emergency preparedness plans with the state before a January 2009 deadline, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation. Legislation passed by lawmakers in Springfield after the deadly February 2008 shoo...

Northwestern coach Fitzgerald talks ‘smiles,’ sportsmanship at Evanston elementary school

Marshall Cohen

March 26, 2012


Filed under Football, Local, Sports

Football coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke Wednesday about attitude, sportsmanship and "choosing to have a smile on your face" with 4th and 5th graders at Kingsley Elementary School, 2300 Green Bay Road. The Northwestern coach, flanked by linebackers Timmy Vernon and Roderick Goodlow as well as defensive end...

Use of social media in Illinois primaries yields mixed results

Joseph Diebold

March 26, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Last week's Illinois primaries demonstrated the growing influence of social media in political campaigns while also serving as a reminder that Web-based grassroots efforts can only go so far. In the Republican presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won with 47 percent of the vote....