Sarah Mendez, principal of Evanston’s Nichols Middle School, announced this week that she has accepted the position of principal at Hatch Elementary School in Oak Park, starting in July.

In a letter to the Nichols staff and families, Mendez wrote that “it has been an honor and privilege to work with the talented and dedicated staff at Nichols Middle School over the past five years and to serve the children of Evanston during the past 10 years.”

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 3:43pm

Someone tossed a garbage can off the parking garage at Presence St. Francis Hospital yesterday that damaged a snow plow stored below. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 1:34pm

A conference on future business growth opportunities in China will be held at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on Saturday, May 9.

The all-day conference will take place at the Donald P. Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road.

More information is available online.

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 10:03am

With one big new development project approved this week in Evanston, another up for approval later in the month, and a third scheduled to break ground next week -- here's a look at how such projects impact everybody else's property tax bill.

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 9:52am

Individuals who specialize in the field events in high school track and field aren’t always considered the fiercest competitors.

Part of the reason is that their focus is more on personal bests and achieving the established Illinois High School Association state qualifying standards at the sectional meet, regardless of place. In a sense, they’re competing more against themselves and those standards instead of athletes wearing other uniforms.

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 9:07am

A $20.5 million no-bid contract awarded to a Wilmette-based consulting firm that has expanded to offices in Evanston is at the center of a reported FBI probe into Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Byrd-Bennett worked for the consulting firm -- Supes Academy -- before taking on her current job in Oct. 2012.

Post date: April 17, 2015 - 7:13am

Various hand tools and an air compressor were taken in a burglary in the 700 block of Madison Street Tuesday night. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: April 16, 2015 - 2:48pm

"The connections we can make and leverage are more important than the individual component parts of our work," retiring Evanston Community Foundation head Sara Schastok told guests at the foundation's annual meeting Wednesday evening.

Discussing the foundations's Communityworks program, Schastok said the multi-year collaboration with the Grand Victoria Foundation resulted in a new $6.8 million dollar fund dedicated to early childhood education and workforce development.

Post date: April 16, 2015 - 11:50am

Registration is open for Northwestern University’s summer speech-language therapy programs for toddlers through 12 year olds at the Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning.

Post date: April 16, 2015 - 10:27am

City staff told members of the Harley Clark Committee Wednesday night that if the mansion building were torn down, the Evanston lakefront property potentially could be redeveloped for as many as nine single family homes while still maintaining public ownership of the beach and parking area.

Post date: April 16, 2015 - 9:26am