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City officials push for local control over pesticide use

City officials push for local control over pesticide use

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 19
Filed under City

City Council passed a resolution last week calling on state legislators to repeal or amend a state law that prevents municipalities from regulating the use of pesticides themselves. The state statute, called the Illinois Pesticide Act, puts all control of pesticide regulation in the hand of the General...

Police Blotter: Laptop, tablet, cell phone stolen from apartment

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor
February 19
Filed under City, Crime

About $2,800 worth of technology and cash was stolen from an apartment in south Evanston after the resident, a 23-year-old woman, left her apartment at about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, police said. When she returned around noon, the back door had been opened, Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said....

Evanston businesses close for ‘day without immigrants’

Evanston businesses close for ‘day without immigrants’

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 19
Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local

At least two Evanston business owners closed up shop Thursday to participate in "a day without immigrants,” a nationwide protest aiming to bring awareness to the vital roles immigrants play in American society. Stores and businesses across the country closed Thursday in solidarity with the movement. In ...

Man found dead in downtown Evanston

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 17
Filed under City, Latest Stories

A 48-year-old man was found dead Friday morning in the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue, police said. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was found in the rear of a business on the block and was initially thought to be sleeping, according to a news release from Evanston police. A person...

Northwestern acquisition of building raises questions from city officials

Northwestern acquisition of building raises questions from city officials

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 17
Filed under City, Politics

Northwestern is in the process of acquiring a building at 1840 Oak Ave., raising questions over whether the building should be subject to property taxes. NU doesn’t pay taxes for its buildings, but in a letter sent to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Council members, Executive Vice President Nim...

EPL hires latino engagement coordinator

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
February 17
Filed under City, Education

The Evanston Public Library is hiring a new Latino engagement librarian, the library announced Thursday in a news release. Miguel Ruiz, who previously worked as an e-learning librarian at University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, will focus on the needs of Evanston's Spanish-speaking residents. EPL...

Two D65 teachers nominated for teaching award

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
February 17
Filed under City, Education

Two Chute Middle School teachers were recently chosen as finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 teachers, Cindy Adler and Shannon Dickinson, were among 33 Illinois teachers nominated for the award. Ten will be selected as award winners....

D65 academic progress report indicates persistent racial disparities

D65 academic progress report indicates persistent racial disparities

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor
February 17
Filed under City, Education

A report released by Evanston/Skokie School District 65 last month cited overall progress in academic performance but persistent racial disparities in student achievement. The “achievement and accountability” report analyzed student achievement in the 2015-16 school year, which marked the first...

Police Blotter: Two men charged with felony burglary

Zoe Miller, Reporter
February 16
Filed under City, Crime

A Des Plaines and a Chicago resident were charged with felony burglary Thursday. Evanston received a call reporting the burglary around 5:18 a.m. on Thursday. The caller reported that two people had broken the glass door of health food store J.D. Mills, 635 Chicago Ave. According to a news release,...

Biss introduces ranked-choice voting bill

Biss introduces ranked-choice voting bill

Billy Kobin, Reporter
February 16
Filed under City, Politics

A bill introduced by State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) earlier this month would set up a ranked-choice voting system for state elections. The bill, which Biss introduced Feb. 1, would amend the state election code to have ranked-choice voting in elections for the following positions: governor, lieutenant...

Temperance Beer signs letter lobbying against Trump’s EPA nominee

Temperance Beer signs letter lobbying against Trump’s EPA nominee

Nora Shelly, City Editor
February 16
Filed under Business, City, Politics

Evanston’s Temperance Beer Co. joined a group of 32 brewing companies in sending a letter this week urging senators to vote against the nomination of Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The letter was organized by the Brewers for Clean Water campaign, which is run through...

Evanston religious community moves to create ‘protection teams’ after presidential election

Evanston religious community moves to create ‘protection teams’ after presidential election

David Fishman, Assistant City Editor
February 15
Filed under City, Local, Top Stories

Members of the Evanston religious community are moving to establish so-called “protection teams” to support marginalized residents — including immigrants and refugees — following the election of President Donald Trump. Last week, members from Interfaith Action of Evanston gathered about 125...