The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern alum to run for Illinois House seat

Kimberly Railey

November 27, 2011

Filed under Alumni, State

Northwestern alum Jeff Smith (WCAS '77) will officially appear on the ballot for the 17th District Illinois House seat, he told The Daily on Monday. Smith said he filed his candidacy at 8 a.m. Monday, the first day nomination...

Russian hackers breach water system in central Illinois

Marshall Cohen

November 19, 2011

Filed under State

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security revealed Friday they are looking into an apparent cyber attack that shut down a water pump near Springfield earlier this month. Reuters reported the Nov. 8 cyber attack originate...

Biss slates Evanston petition drive

Patrick Svitek

November 13, 2011

Filed under State

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) will be hosting a six-hour petition drive based at Evanston's Democratic Party headquarters Saturday, according to an email letter to his supporters sent Monday. The campaign event comes fou...

Northwestern alumnus Jeff Smith weighing bid for Biss’s seat

Kimberly Railey

November 12, 2011

Filed under Alumni, Local, State

Northwestern alum Jeff Smith (WCAS '77) began circulating petitions Saturday in an effort to appear on the ballot for the 17th District's Illinois House seat. Smith's campaigning comes two days after current 17th District state R...

Metra board approves fare hikes for 2012

Marshall Cohen

November 12, 2011

Filed under Local, State

The Metra board unanimously passed their proposed 2012 budget Friday, clearing the way for fares to rise by an average of 25 percent next year - the biggest single fare hike in the company's history. Evanston lies in the C zo...

State Rep. Biss to seek Schoenberg’s state Senate seat

Patrick Svitek

November 9, 2011

Filed under City, State

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) announced in an email letter to supporters Thursday he will be seeking outgoing state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg's seat. At a news conference Tuesday, Schoenberg told reporters he would not run ...

In Focus: City attempting to resolve pension crisis

Susan Du

November 6, 2011

Filed under City, State

The City of Evanston made small strides in addressing its current pension funding shortfall, according to the 2011 pension valuation report. Last month, the city's actuary determined that the police and firefighters' pension f...

Seven Evanston schools earn high marks in newspaper’s rankings

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

Seven local schools receiving high marks in standardized tests are among the top 100 schools in the state, according to study results published by the Chicago Sun-Times in late October. Four Evanston schools were placed within th...

State lawmakers discuss education issues at public forum

Tanner Maxwell

November 2, 2011

Filed under Local, State

State legislators emphasized early childhood education, student health care and workforce development during a free forum Thursday night at the District 65 administration center. The public discussion, orginally slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m., ran lo...

Sen. Durbin tours Evanston south side to see stimulus package at work

Joseph Diebold

October 29, 2011

Filed under Local, State

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl visited the city's south side Friday to tour parts of the Eighth Ward that have received funding from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. The...

Tisdahl lobbies for storm response legislation in Springfield

Marshall Cohen

October 26, 2011

Filed under City, State

Evanston mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joined other northwest suburban mayors and council members Wednesday on a trip to Springfield to lobby for better storm response from electric company Commonwealth Edison. Tisdahl and other re...

Metra officials’ visit pinpoint transportation issues

Alexandria Johnson

October 23, 2011

Filed under Local, State

Metra officials, including new executive director Alex Clifford, met with Evanston community leaders to discuss the state of the city's commuter rail lines Friday. Clifford joined Union Pacific spokesman Wes Lujahn, city manager Wally B...