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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...

Evanston Public Library receives grant to support growth of STEM programs

Stavros Agorakis, Reporter
February 22
Filed under City, Education, Latest Stories, Local

A new research project will bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives to the Evanston Public Library and the rest of the city, promoting efforts to increase interest in science among local children. The project follows a $717,000 grant awarded to Loyola University of Chicago...

Police Blotter: Man charged with misdemeanor battery

Syd Stone, Reporter
February 21
Filed under City, Crime, Local

An Evanston man reported Friday that he had been punched in the Davis Street Metra Station on Friday. The 65-year-old man said he was walking in the tunnel by the Metra station on Friday at 2:30 p.m. when a man that he did not know punched him in the face, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. Officers...

Evanston Mayoral Debate presented by The Daily Northwestern and Political Union

February 21
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Latest Stories, Multimedia, Video

Voting for the Evanston mayoral primary lasts for one more week. Election Day is Feb. 28, and the top two candidates will move on to the general election on April 4, unless one gets more than 51 percent of the vote the first time around. Watch candidates Ald. Brian Miller (9th), businessman Steve ...

Evanston stands to lose funds under proposed statewide property tax freeze

Evanston stands to lose funds under proposed statewide property tax freeze

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 21
Filed under City, Latest Stories, State

A proposed statewide property tax freeze could impact police and fire pension funds, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. The property tax freeze has been floated by Gov. Bruce Rauner in response to a “grand bargain” set of bills designed to end the state budget impasse. In a budget address last week, Rauner said he would not support an increa...

Mentoring program with local businesses welcomes first class

Mentoring program with local businesses welcomes first class

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 21
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

A mentoring program for high school juniors matched its first class of eight participants with professional mentors last week. Business owner Hecky Powell started The Evanston Work Ethic program through the Forrest E. Powell Foundation. The program at Evanston Township High School was launched with ...

As mayoral election approaches, students start to engage with local politics

As mayoral election approaches, students start to engage with local politics

Jonah Dylan, Assistant City Editor
February 21
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Adam Gross walked into an Evanston mayoral debate on Feb. 7 with no idea whom he would vote for. After the debate, not only had he made up his mind, but also he wanted to do more. The Communication junior, along with Weinberg junior Raghav Narula, started NU Students for Brian Miller for Mayor, a...

Evanston group plans second annual expo of black-owned businesses

Evanston group plans second annual expo of black-owned businesses

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
February 21
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

The Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore will host its second annual “Le Tour de Noir Entreprise Evanston” and Black Business Expo on Saturday. The event will include a bus tour that drives by local black-owned businesses and an expo event held at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge...