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Evanston Hospital owner NorthShore University HealthSystem has announced plans to merge with the much larger Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care.

The deal, announce late Thursday, would combine NorthShore's four-hospital system that generated $1.8 billion in revenue last year with the 12-hospital Advocate system that had just under $5 billion in revenue.

The deal will create by far the largest hospital system in the state, with more than 45,000 employees and 4,438 hospital beds.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 5:56am
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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 69th season with a new concertmaster, Julie Fischer.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 5:32am
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Local community members are encouraged to attend the “Expressions from the Heart” opening reception to celebrate artists with disabilities on Friday, Oct. 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 3:36pm
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A headphone, an iPad, and a video game were among items taken in the burglary of an apartment in the 700 block of Foster Street yesterday. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 2:29pm
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Twenty-one seniors from Evanston Township High School have been named semifinalists for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 1:24pm
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Bike the Ridge returns to Evanston from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Ridge Avenue will be closed to motorized traffic between Howard and Church streets, allowing bicyclists to enjoy the non-competitive, city-sponsored event!

The event is limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed). Non-bicyclists can walk along the sidewalks of Ridge Avenue and support the bicyclists. Normally bicycles are banned from Ridge Avenue.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 1:19pm
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The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board is counting on citizen input to play a major role in determining the direction of the district for the next three years and beyond.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 1:03pm
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Property sales in Evanston picked up in August compared to the pace of recent months, but for the year so far sales continue to trail last year's pace.

Post date: September 11, 2014 - 5:40am
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A Ford pickup truck with Michigan plates was stolen yesterday in the 1200 block of Seward Street. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 10, 2014 - 3:47pm
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It was family night at the Evanston City Council Monday as three Evanston police officers were sworn in to their new, higher ranks.

Spouses and children were on hand to watch the officers take the oath of office, administered by City Clerk and Police Chaplain Rodney Greene. And then the spouses got to pin new badges on the promoted officer's uniforms.

Taking the oath were:

Post date: September 10, 2014 - 3:28pm

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