The Daily Northwestern

New voting laws could turn away millions from polls in November

Kimberly Railey

January 9, 2012

Filed under Local, State

As the Republican primary season kicks into full swing, a new slate of voting requirements around the country will influence the 2012 presidential election and beyond. In about two weeks, a U.S. Senate subcommittee will conduct a hearing on Florida's new election law, which restricted voting regist...

Merle’s Barbecue closes after two decades

Marshall Cohen

January 8, 2012

Filed under Business, Local

After nearly 20 years of serving up smoked meats to hungry Evanston residents, Merle's Barbecue, 1727 Benson Ave., closed its doors for the last time on Jan. 1. "Since 1992 Merle's has proudly served the Chicago area," read a sign on the restaurant's front door. "Unfortunately, as of January 1, we los...

Medill faculty, students expose lobbyist corruption

Lauren Caruba

January 8, 2012

Filed under Academic, Campus (Archived), State

Medill Watchdog, an investigative journalism initiative comprised of Northwestern faculty and student interns, published its first report on Friday, examining the ethics of allowing Illinois politicians to moonlight as lobbyists. The article ran as a two-part installment in The New York Times' Chicago edi...

Northwestern students mobilize for 2012 campaign

Joseph Diebold

January 8, 2012

Filed under Campus (Archived), Greek, State

With last Tuesday's Iowa Caucuses marking the official start of the six-month campaign to choose a Republican to challenge President Barack Obama in November, Northwestern's political groups are preparing for what will be a hotly contested election. SESP junior Matt Davis, president of College Republicans, and Weinbe...

City committee advances plans for proposed daycare center

Chelsea Corbin

January 8, 2012

Filed under Local, Politics

Evanston's Planning and Development Committee voted Monday to recommend that 1629 Orrington Ave. be converted to a daycare center. Sixty spots of the facility's 308-child maximum capacity would be reserved for Northwestern employees' children. The ordinance to allow Bright Horizons Family Solutions, ...

Video: CPS Board President David Vitale argues schools are improving

Annie Chang

January 8, 2012

Filed under Campus (Archived), Politics


Northwestern trustee steps down as Obama’s chief of staff

Marshall Cohen

January 8, 2012

Filed under Alumni, National

Northwestern University trustee and current presidential chief of staff William Daley will resign at the end of the month, President Barack Obama announced Monday. "Bill has been an outstanding chief of staff during one of the busiest and most consequential years of my administration," Obama said duri...

Tiny Dog Cupcake in downtown Evanston closes due to lack of business

Alexandria Johnson

January 6, 2012

Filed under Business, Local

Northwestern students will now have one fewer option to satisfy their craving for sweets. Tiny Dog Cupcake, 616 Davis St., has officially closed its doors due to a lack of business, according to former employees. On Dec. 28, Tiny Dog tweeted the announcement, a decision that came 13 months after the...

Northwestern launches off-campus lighting pilot program

Lauren Caruba

January 4, 2012

Filed under Administration, Campus (Archived), Crime, Local

Following a November "Off Campus Light Walk," Northwestern is upgrading lighting in an off-campus area as part of a pilot program and is evaluating lighting on Sheridan Road. The pilot program will improve lighting in an area of the Fifth Ward extending north from Emerson Street to Noyes Street and west of Sheridan to Ri...

Year in Review 2011: From a blizzard to Bin Laden

Marshall Cohen, City Editor

January 2, 2012

Filed under City

As 2012 begins and the New Year's celebrations settle down, The Daily took a moment to reflect on the year that was 2011. Here is a look back at the monumental events from last year that changed Northwestern, Evanston, Chicago, the United States and the world. "The Worst Blizzard We've Ever Had" ...

Trustees vote to take township future to local, state level

Kimberly Railey

November 29, 2011

Filed under City, Local

Evanston Township trustees voted Tuesday to move forward with initiatives at the state and local levels that would clarify how the Evanston Township can be dissolved and gauge public opinion on the issue, respectively. By a 6-3 margin, the city council members, sitting as trustees in the session, d...

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...