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Cook County officials discuss voter turnout issues in town hall meeting

Cook County officials discuss voter turnout issues in town hall meeting

Jane Yun, Reporter
February 24
Filed under City

Although suburban Cook County reached a historic voter turnout of more than 70 percent during the presidential election, voter participation is still hindered by issues such as voter suppression, said local officials during a town hall Thursday in Skokie. Cook County Clerk David Orr and Commissioner...

Evanston police, residents meet for first complaint review process planning meeting

Evanston police, residents meet for first complaint review process planning meeting

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
February 24
Filed under City

Evanston residents worked toward creating a citizen-run committee to evaluate the Evanston Police Department’s complaint review process at a meeting Thursday. The committee would be tasked with assessing EPD’s current complaint review procedures and developing suggestions to increase transparency...

Miller proposes independent investigator position days before mayoral primary

Miller proposes independent investigator position days before mayoral primary

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 24
Filed under City

Ald. Brian Miller (9th) announced Thursday that he would seek to create an independent inspector general office if elected mayor. The announcement comes five days before the Feb. 28 primary, in which Miller will go up against four other candidates: businessman Steve Hagerty, lawyer Jeff Smith (Weinberg...

Lee Cabot, Judy Fiske face off in 1st Ward race

Lee Cabot, Judy Fiske face off in 1st Ward race

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 24
Filed under City

The two candidates vying to represent the 1st Ward — which lies just west of Sheridan Road and encompasses most on-campus housing — have both said they prioritize frequent communication with residents and the university was essential to their campaign platforms. The race pits incumbent Ald. Judy...

Police Blotter: Items valued at thousands of dollars stolen from south Evanston home

Sophie Mann, Copy Chief
February 23
Filed under City

An Evanston woman found several items missing and a kitchen window broken Tuesday evening in her south Evanston home. She left her apartment at the 800 block of Brummel Street at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday and returned at 9:15 p.m. the same day, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. She locked the...

Evanston school officials respond to Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom order

Evanston school officials respond to Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom order

David Fishman, Assistant City Editor
February 23
Filed under City

Board members from Evanston’s two school districts said Thursday that they intended to review local policy after President Donald Trump revoked protections allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. Two District 202 board members said...

Economic Development Committee approves reimbursement plan for Kabul House restaurant

Economic Development Committee approves reimbursement plan for Kabul House restaurant

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
February 23
Filed under Business, City

A new proposal to reimburse Kabul House for all its liquor and tax revenues up to $50,000 is being moved for approval in City Council following an Economic Development Committee meeting Wednesday. Kabul House is an Afghan restaurant scheduled to open at 2424 Dempster St., the former site of Chicken...

Police blotter: Vehicle damaged, purse stolen in north Evanston

Sophie Mann, Copy Chief
February 23
Filed under City, Crime

A 57-year-old Evanston woman found her vehicle’s front passenger window broken and her purse stolen from the front seat on Tuesday, police said. At 4 p.m., she parked her car in the parking lot of Lovelace Park, 2700 Gross Point Rd., and noticed the damage upon returning at 4:30 p.m., Evanston police...

Chicago Blackhawks to appear at community center fundraiser

Benjamin Din, Digital Projects Editor
February 22
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Two Illinois-raised Chicago Blackhawks have been added to the slate of guests appearing at a cocktail party benefiting Friends of the Robert Crown Center, a citizen group fundraising for a new facility to replace the center, according to a news release. Blackhawks forwards Ryan Hartman and Vinnie...

Evanston environmentalists push for local awareness of environmental issues under Trump administration

Evanston environmentalists push for local awareness of environmental issues under Trump administration

Victoria Cabales, Reporter
February 22
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Evanston environmentalists are urging increased local involvement in light of President Donald Trump’s appointments for the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Jonathan Nieuwsma, president of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, called the appointment of Scott Pruitt...

Tisdahl: Evanston ‘on our own’ with state, federal funding

Tisdahl: Evanston ‘on our own’ with state, federal funding

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
February 22
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Evanston was “on our own” when it comes to state and federal support at a town hall Tuesday evening. Tisdahl focused on the city’s response to state and federal policies such as the state budget crisis and continuing uncertainty surrounding funding for sanctuary...

Illinois Senators vocally oppose Trump on immigration orders

Illinois Senators vocally oppose Trump on immigration orders

Nora Shelly, City Reporter
February 22
Filed under City, Latest Stories, National, Politics

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) joined 20 other senators last week in introducing legislation to repeal an executive order calling for increased deportation. The order, signed by President Donald Trump in late January, directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize...