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Northwestern creative writing majors teach poetry to ETHS students

Rebecca Schechner

February 14, 2012

Filed under Academic, Politics

Seven Northwestern creative writing majors were selected by the English Department to participate in the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Workshop's new student mentor program, which launched Thursday at Evanston Township High School. The concept behind the program, dubbed Poetry in the Schools, originate...

Blotter: Feb. 17

Tanner Maxwell

February 14, 2012

Filed under Crime

Minor threatens two Evanston females A minor was reported for assault in two separate incidents Wednesday, Evanston Police Department spokesman Jay Parrott said. The accused male, who Parrott said was about 15, first threatened a 20-year-old female near the corner of Foster Street and Darrow Avenue. ...

Bucking Chicago trend, Evanston sees increased voter registration

Alexandria Johnson

February 14, 2012

Filed under Local, State

The chairman of the The Chicago Election Board of Commissioners called for a "voter registration drill" earlier this week, encouraging citizens to check their registration status by Tuesday's deadline to vote in the March 20 presidential primary election. The Chicago Election Board reported a drop ...

Panel held to discuss homelessness in Evanston

Kris Anne Bonifacio

February 14, 2012

Filed under Local

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) joined a panel of speakers for the last of Connections for the Homeless breakfast series Thursday. Biss, Evanston housing planner Mary Ellen Poole and Connections executive director Paul Selden discussed Evanston's plan to address homelessness and tackled several is...

Evanston succeeds in bilingual programs compared to most Chicago suburbs

Audrey Cheng

February 14, 2012

Filed under Local, State

More than 80 percent of Latino eighth-grade students in Evanston-Skokie District 65 schools met state reading standards in 2011, bucking the recent trend of Chicago suburban schools lacking bilingual programs. The state-required programs in 22 suburban school districts are lagging behind the number of...

Contentious Evanston forum explores merits of township government

Oliver Ortega

February 14, 2012

Filed under City, Local, State

More than 100 people attended a spirited public panel Monday night to discuss plans to dissolve Evanston Township as well as to learn about the functions of township government throughout Illinois. The forum, held at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., was organized in anticipation of an adv...

Car accident near Blomquist injures 2 Northwestern students

Maria LaMagna and Tom Meyer

February 14, 2012

Filed under Campus (Archived), Crime

A member of the Northwestern University Police Department, who declined to give his name, confirmed at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday an "auto accident" had occurred that night near Blomquist Recreation Center, 617 Foster St. He declined to give any more information because the situation was still under...

German recruit interns for Evanston Police Department

Kimberly Railey

February 13, 2012

Filed under Crime, State

German intern Ivonne Scholdra will complete the Evanston Police Internship Program in about a week, according to an EPD news release issued Wednesday. Scholdra joined the program in January as part of her training to become a police officer in Germany's Hessen region. The 24-year-old, now enrolled ...

Evanston holds first-ever Twitter Town Hall

Marshall Cohen

February 13, 2012

Filed under City, Local

In her social media debut, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl answered questions about town-gown relations, transportation and other issues during the city's first-ever Twitter town hall meeting Wednesday. "This is a crash course in tweeting," Tisdahl told The Daily before the event. Tisdahl dictated her ans...

Evanston rebuts accusations of harrassment from Veolia

Chelsea Corbin

February 13, 2012

Filed under Business, Local

Attorneys from waste management company Veolia are now reviewing Evanston's response to allegations of unlawful pressures from the city to shut down a local transfer station. Veolia filed a complaint against the city in December, alleging illegal fees targeting the company and excessive inspections o...

Northwestern students, Evanston organizations react to revised birth control policy

Jia You

February 13, 2012

Filed under Greek, Local

President Barack Obama announced Friday that religiously affiliated institutions will not be required to provide birth control coverage for employees - a move that has allayed the fears of some groups and angered others. The revised Affordable Care Act now requires the insurer, not the employer, to provid...

Evanston mayor to give annual State of the City Address

Kimberly Railey

February 13, 2012

Filed under City, Local

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will deliver her third annual State of the City Address on March 2. The event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and NorthShore University HealthSystem, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, 1710 Orrington Ave. Tisdahl will a...