A planned 14-story high rise at 831 Emerson St. in Evanston targeted for occupancy by college students is likely to face a shrinking market of Northwestern students looking for off-campus housing.

NU spokesman Alan Cubbage tells Evanston Now the university is planning to increase its on-campus housing capacity over the next few years, and starting two years from now -- in the fall of 2017 -- will require both freshman and sophomore students to live on campus. Currently only freshmen are required to live in university housing.

Post date: September 3, 2015 - 9:02am

Evanston's Transportation and Parking Committee Wednesday night approved a pilot program to see whether signs that remind motorists and cyclists about bicycle hand signals can reduce car-bike collisions in the city.

The project, developed by students in the Design for America program at Northwestern University, would add four to six of the signs to existing signposts near intersections around town and then try to measure whether they increased usage of the hand signals and whether that had any impact on the number of accidents.

Post date: September 3, 2015 - 6:59am

A Harvard Terrace man was arrested last night for unlawful contact with gang members. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 3:34pm

Evanston police are on the lookout for a 6-foot-tall white male in his early twenties, wearing a black jacket on a steamy evening, who is a suspect in two incidents downtown last night.

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 3:04pm

When the 320 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade start their new school year at Evanston’s Chiaravalle Montessori School on Tuesday, they will experience a new addition, affectionately referred to as the New North Wing.

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 1:35pm

The Union Pacific viaduct crossing Ridge Avenue and Emerson Street at Green Bay Road could have a new diaper covering its neglected surface if plans presented to Evanston aldermen this week are carried out.

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 12:11pm

Northwestern University will name the recently opened music and communication building the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts to recognize their unprecedented generosity and longtime support of the arts at Northwestern and in the greater Chicago area, .

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 11:10am

Speakers at a 1st Ward meeting Tuesday night -- primed to oppose a planned high-rise development at 831 Emerson St. -- found another reason to object to it when the developers acknowledged they plan to target Northwestern University students as tenants.

About 100 people turned out for the meeting at the Evanston Public Library.

One speaker, Sara Stewart, said students walking around the neighborhood late at night are very noisy.

Post date: September 2, 2015 - 6:40am

The statues that grace the entrance to Haven Middle School were found defaced with red paint. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 1, 2015 - 4:12pm

First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of First Bank & Trust, reported assets of nearly $1 billion at the end of June, a major milestone for a financial institution in the midst of its 20th year.

In its consolidated financial statement of June 30, distributed last week, the bank's assets stood at $948,102,000, up from $892,895,000 a year earlier.

The figure included total deposits of $857,170,000, compared with $795,381,000 12 months ago, and total loans net of an allowance for loan losses, of $722,351,000, as compared to $658,185,000 last year.

Post date: September 1, 2015 - 2:18pm