His nickname is “easy” and that’s just how Ben Easington made it look for Evanston’s football team in the season opener Friday night at Lazier Field.
The senior, who for most of his football career has tried to make things difficult for opposing runners as a linebacker, found out how the other half lives --- and thrived.
Easington scored two touchdowns and rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries to lead the Wildkits to a solid 28-13 victory over Chicago Hubbard.

Post date: August 27, 2016 - 12:20am

An Evanston-based emergency management firm has organized a food drive and fundraiser to contribute to the recovery efforts from the massive floods this month in Southeastern Louisiana.

Hagerty Consulting, Inc. will kick off a weeklong food drive with Potbelly Sandwich Shop fundraising event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Post date: August 26, 2016 - 4:08pm

Even though it’s almost Labor Day, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District warns that the risk from West Nile Virus still exists.

Post date: August 26, 2016 - 3:52pm

The front driver side door of a 2008 Chevrolet was found damaged in the 1300 block of Elmwood Avenue. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: August 26, 2016 - 11:38am

For the past four seasons Evanston girls swim coach Kevin Auger could pretty much pencil in --- or maybe use ink --- the names of Iana Wolff, Ana Woods, Paige Haden, Honore Collins and Maddy Managlia in his starting lineup at big meets.

Now they’re all gone, but they didn’t depart without winning the program’s first Central Suburban League South division championship since 2006 --- and only the third league title in the history of the program --- last fall.

Post date: August 26, 2016 - 11:31am

Evanston police say two women had their cars taken from them at gunpoint overnight in different parts of the city.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that in the first incident a 39-year-old woman was sitting in her black Mazda CX-9 parked in front of her home in the 1200-block of Fowler Avenue about 9 p.m. when two men approached the car. One pointed what appeared to be a black revolver at her and told her to get out of the car.

Post date: August 26, 2016 - 10:28am

Most of the athletic teams in the Central Suburban League probably won’t keep Waukegan on their schedules now that the Bulldogs have left the CSL.

Evanston soccer coach Franz Calixte feels differently, even though the Wildkits hadn’t beaten the Bulldogs since 2012 prior to Thursday’s non-conference  showdown at Lazier Field.

Evanston earned some payback for last year’s loss that cost the Kits the division championship, as junior Miguel Jimenez connected on a free kick late in the first half for the only score in a 1-0 ETHS triumph.

Post date: August 25, 2016 - 10:47pm

An Evanston man described by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago as the leader of a drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to eight years in prison.

Post date: August 25, 2016 - 8:19pm

Evanston football coach Mike Burzawa knows there will be growing pains for his squad this season.

With six sophomores --- and even a freshman --- part of a youth movement in the ETHS program this fall, that’s about the only thing the veteran coach can count on starting with Friday’s home opener against Chicago Hubbard.

The Wildkits must replace most of their starters on both sides of the ball after graduating a senior group that led the way to a 6-4 record and came within one lost fumble of winning the Central Suburban League South division championship.

Post date: August 25, 2016 - 3:51pm

The front Illinois license plate was stolen from a 2011 Mazda in the 1900 block of Dodge Avenue. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: August 25, 2016 - 12:40pm