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Homelessness commision votes to renew grant to landlord-tenant mediation group

Homelessness commision votes to renew grant to landlord-tenant mediation group

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The city voted unanimously Thursday to renew a grant to an organization that mediates local landlord-tenant disagreements at a meeting of the Housing, Homelessness and Human Relations Commission. Open Communities, a group that provides counseling on issues raised by landlords and tenants, will receive...

Insomnia Cookies to open later this quarter

Insomnia Cookies to open later this quarter

Amelia Langas, Reporter
April 7, 2017
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

The late-night cravings of ravenous college students will soon be satisfied when Insomnia Cookies opens toward the end of Spring Quarter. The warm cookie bakery already has four other Chicago-area stores, but none of them deliver to Northwestern’s campus. Courtney Altamura, Insomnia’s senior marketing...

Bill to allow for dissolution of certain Illinois townships

Billy Kobin, Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Illinois residents would be able to vote on local government consolidation and township dissolution under a bill passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. State representatives voted March 29 overwhelmingly in favor of passing the bill, which would allow residents of the state’s...

Elizabeth Tisdahl reflects on mayoral legacy

Elizabeth Tisdahl reflects on mayoral legacy

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under City, City Features, Politics, Top Stories

Lorraine Morton first met Elizabeth Tisdahl about 30 years ago, before either of them had any mayoral ambitions. Morton was on the way to pick up her youngest granddaughter — then in fifth grade — from softball practice when she found the team playing with a woman she’d never seen before. “It...

Newly elected aldermen look to collaborate on city-wide issues, advocate for their wards

Newly elected aldermen look to collaborate on city-wide issues, advocate for their wards

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Three new additions are set to join City Council following Tuesday’s municipal election. Robin Rue Simmons will replace current Ald. Delores Holmes in the 5th Ward, Thomas Suffredin will take over for Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) and Cicely Fleming will be replacing Ald. Brian Miller (9th). Ald. Judy...

EPD partners with District 65 for student mentorship program

EPD partners with District 65 for student mentorship program

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The Evanston Police Department’s Officer and Gentlemen Academy hosted local business owners Wednesday for a day dedicated to learning about entrepreneurship. OGA is a partnership program between EPD and Evanston/Skokie School District 65. The 12-week program is intended to mentor male students...

Blotter: Domestic battery call yields gun, drug arrests

Syd Stone, Assistant City Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under City, Crime, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston police officers were dispatched to a home in south Evanston on Monday at 9:50 a.m. in response to a report of a possible battery in-progress. According to a news release from the Evanston Police Department, the 19-year-old woman who was attacked was not injured. The information was relayed...

Structure fire breaks out in kitchen of Evanston house

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under City

A structure fire that broke out in a single family house in west Evanston caused minimal damage on Wednesday. The Evanston Fire Department was dispatched to the home, in the 1400 block of Grey Avenue, at 6:22 p.m., according to a news release. The fire, which appears to have been caused by cooking...

Evanston unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

Evanston unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

David Fishman, City Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories

Evanston’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in February, down from 5.2 percent in the same month last year. The February unemployment rate was lower than that of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin-IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to a release from the Economic Development Division....

Steve Hagerty claims victory in Evanston mayoral race

Steve Hagerty claims victory in Evanston mayoral race

David Fishman, City Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under 2017 Mayoral Election, City, Latest Stories, Politics, Top Stories

As of early Wednesday morning, businessman Steve Hagerty had won the most votes in Evanston’s mayoral race, capping off a roughly six-month long season that included a rare primary and a slew of contentious legal challenges. Hagerty, a first-time politician who pledged to build on “generations”...

New school boards elected in D65, D202

New school boards elected in D65, D202

Kristina Karisch and Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editors
April 5, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics

Evanston picked new school board members for its District 65 and District 202 schools during Tuesday’s municipal election, including four newcomers. Patricia Maunsell and Jude Laude were elected to the Evanston Township High School/District 202 board, while Joseph Hailpern and Lindsay Cohen will...

Three new aldermen elected to City Council, 6 to serve another term

Three new aldermen elected to City Council, 6 to serve another term

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, Top Stories

Over the past few months, candidates for alderman in seven wards have faced off in a primary and the general election. Among them, three current aldermen ran for reelection and 10 other candidates from various backgrounds joined the race. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st), Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) and Ald. Ann...