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City Council debates expansion of downtown area, advertising policies

City Council debates expansion of downtown area, advertising policies

Billy Kobin, Reporter
April 18, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, Top City Stories

Evanston officials discussed Monday an ongoing plan to extend the city’s downtown area farther north, but concerns over the parameters of the plan prevented a final approval. The proposed plan — debated on by the Planning and Development Committee — would extend the city’s downtown area into...

Blotter: Two men arrested for handgun possession in Evanston

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories

A Morton Grove resident and a Palatine resident were arrested for handgun possession in Evanston on Friday, according to a police news release. The first arrest occurred around 6:45 p.m. when Evanston Police Department’s tactical unit noticed a passenger in a vehicle not wearing a seatbelt, according...

Durbin, Schakowsky discuss health care, immigration policy at town hall

Durbin, Schakowsky discuss health care, immigration policy at town hall

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) discussed health care, immigration and the investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia during a town hall in Chicago on Monday. Organizers planned the town hall — held at the Irish American Heritage Center,...

New equity coordinator leads town hall discussion

New equity coordinator leads town hall discussion

Aaron Boxerman, Reporter
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Local, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Rev. Dr. Patricia Efiom, Evanston’s new equity and empowerment coordinator, had some tough questions for the city at a town hall on Monday at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. “Can we own up as a city that we’re racist? Can we own up that we’re sexist, as a city?” Efiom asked a crowd of ...

New direct access health care program begins enrolling Cook County residents

New direct access health care program begins enrolling Cook County residents

Zoe Miller, Reporter
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Local

A new Cook County health care program geared toward the uninsured began enrolling residents earlier this month. The direct access health care program, which was unanimously approved as an ordinance by Cook County commissioners in September, began in March. A direct access program is a type of health...

Biss, Collins propose legislation banning car insurance premium redlining

Biss, Collins propose legislation banning car insurance premium redlining

Jake Holland, Copy Chief
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and State Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) plan to introduce legislation prohibiting car insurers from using ZIP codes to determine premium rates, according to a news release. The proposed legislation comes after a ProPublica-Consumer Reports investigation earlier this mo...

Holmes reflects on lifetime of service in Evanston

Holmes reflects on lifetime of service in Evanston

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Politics, Top City Stories, Top Stories

When Ald. Delores Holmes (5th) finishes her final term next month and leaves office, it won’t be her first retirement. In 2002, after roughly 27 years of service as director of Family Focus — an organization that helps families with young children facing homelessness or financial issues — Holmes...

City to host series of equity town halls starting this week

City to host series of equity town halls starting this week

David Fishman, City Editor
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Top City Stories

Following the appointment of Evanston’s first equity and empowerment coordinator, the city on April 5 announced a series of town hall meetings to address “issues of access, equity and empowerment.” The meetings — which will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Patricia Efiom, who began her new position F...

Thousands of Chicago protesters call for Trump tax returns

Thousands of Chicago protesters call for Trump tax returns

Aaron Boxerman, Reporter
April 17, 2017
Filed under City, Top City Stories, Top Stories

CHICAGO — Large protests rarely begin with the Chicken Dance, but Saturday’s Tax March in Chicago’s Richard J. Daley plaza was an exception. The march — attended by thousands of protesters — called for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. It was one of about 200 such marches...

Rauner threatens to veto bill allowing state funding for abortions

Rauner threatens to veto bill allowing state funding for abortions

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
April 16, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday pledged to oppose legislation that would allow Illinois to cover abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients. The bill, introduced by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) earlier this year, would protect access to abortions in Illinois even if the Supreme Court overturned...

Blotter: Evanston man arrested after long-term narcotics investigation

Sophie Mann, Digital Development and Recruitment Editor
April 16, 2017
Filed under City, Crime

An Evanston man was arrested Friday morning in connection with a long-term narcotics investigation by the Evanston Police Department special operations group, according to a news release. The investigation began in 2015 in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets North...

Evanston Environment Board considers alternative energy sources, plans task force

Evanston Environment Board considers alternative energy sources, plans task force

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Members of Evanston’s Environment Board decided Thursday to put together a task force to investigate alternative energy sources to present to city officials late this year. Scott Osborne, a committee co-chair, brought up alternative energy sources on a national and state level during the meeting....