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First home sold under federal neighborhood stablization plan

Kimberly Railey

January 16, 2012


Filed under Local, State

City officials on Wednesday welcomed the first home sold under the $18 million federal Evanston's Neighborhood Stablization program. Evanston's NSP2 program, known as LiveEvanston, aims to rehabilitate 100 units of foreclosed or abandoned homes and is funded by the American Recovery and Investment Act of 20...

Online piracy bills lose support among co-sponsors, Illinois politicians

Kimberly Railey

January 16, 2012


Filed under Local, State

As prominent websites including Wikipedia blacked out their pages Wednesday in protest of online piracy bills pending in Congress, the legislation lost support among some co-sponsors and several Illinois politicians. One U.S. Senate co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act publicly withdrew his support W...

Head of Evanston public works department leads snow cleanup efforts

Marshall Cohen

January 16, 2012


Filed under Local

Suzette Robinson, once dubbed "Ice Princess" by past coworkers because of her ability to manage the effects of ice storms in Indianapolis, has emerged as Evanston's "Snow Queen" in her role leading the city's Public Works Department. Robinson oversees a team of about 30 city employees that are respo...

City of Chicago, protesters gear up for upcoming G8, NATO summit

Alexandria Johnson

January 16, 2012


Filed under State

The Chicago City Council approved ordinances Wednesday that will tighten protest regulations during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Group of Eight (G8) summits scheduled for May 19-21. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed ordinances to regulate hours for public protesting and increase fin...

Kellogg alumnus hopes to upset Biss in Illinois Senate race

Marshall Cohen

January 16, 2012


Filed under Alumni, State

Marc Levine of Wilmette is fighting an uphill, yearlong battle. He is a Republican running for an open seat in the Illinois Senate that most recently re-elected its Democratic representative with 71 percent of the vote. But with Democratic disillusionment after major losses at the polls in 2010 and th...

Blotter: Jan. 18

Jia You

January 15, 2012


Filed under Crime

Police arrest woman in connection with battery Evanston police arrested a Florida woman in connection with a battery Friday afternoon, according to an EPD news release. Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1600 block of Simpson Street and observed the 31-year-old striking another woman i...

Northwestern professor’s documentary ‘Interrupters’ wins award

Sammy Caiola

January 15, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Medill lecturer Alex Kotlowitz's 2011 film "The Interrupters" won the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking at the Jan. 11 Cinema Eye Honors. The film, which fused nonfiction writing and documentary filmmaking to shed light on Chicago violence, is also one of five films nominated f...

Senator Mark Kirk to sit with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin during State of the Union

Marshall Cohen

January 15, 2012


Filed under State

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will sit beside U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) at the State of the Union address later this month, according to a news release issued by Kirk on Friday. The two first-term senators will sit next to each other during the Jan. 24 presidential address instead of sitting amo...

State report could derail school consolidation proposals

Chelsea Corbin

January 14, 2012


Filed under Local, State

Discussion of potentially merging local districts is high on the agenda for Evanston's annual joint school board meeting Tuesday, especially since consolidating more than 800 Illinois school districts could cost nearly $4 billion. This estimated amount was predicted in a recent report from the state...

Evanston alderman to propose cell phone ban while driving

Marshall Cohen

January 11, 2012


Filed under City, Local

Longtime driving safety advocate Ald. Jane Grover (7th) will seek in the coming months to ban all cell phone use while driving in Evanston, she told The Daily on Thursday. Grover successfully pushed for a similar city ordinance in 2010 that banned handheld cell phone use while driving. "There really i...

Cat-drawing Evanston resident to appear on ABC

Chelsea Corbin

January 10, 2012


Filed under Alumni, Local

Evanston resident Steve Gadlin didn't pack away his high school hobby when he graduated from Niles North High School in 1994. The 35-year-old revived his passion for drawing stick-figure cat cartoons over a year ago when he launched www.IWantToDrawACatForYou.com as a pet project. More than 1,400 c...

Evanston aldermen review liquor code on beer “sampler” packs

Marshall Cohen

January 10, 2012


Filed under Business, City, Local

The city is redrafting a proposed change to the liquor code over the sale of beer "sampler" packages. Evanston aldermen agreed Monday to take a second look at the proposal after major beer retailers raised concerns about its implementation. The city's Liquor Control Review Board recommended in November to b...