Evanston police say they're seeking the public's help to identify two suspects involved in the apparently gang-related shooting of a 17-year-old youth in the 1800 block of Hartrey Avenue earlier this month.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 3:56pm

The administration of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools is projecting less than a 1 percent increase in the number of students enrolled for the school year that begins next week.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 2:28pm

Evanston's League of Women Voters will host a legislative update luncheon on Monday, Aug. 25.

Speakers are scheduled to include state Sen. Daniel Biss and state Reps. Robyn Gabel, Laura Fine, Lou Lang and Kelly Cassidy.

The event will be held at the Crystal Ballroom, 1611 Chicago Ave.

All league members and interested residents are invited. The reservation deadline is Thursday, Aug. 21. Call 847-859-7883 to make a reservation.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 2:09pm

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra starts the holiday season with Yule festivities, including an audience sing-along, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and a visit from Santa and his elves.

The orchestra, led by Musical Director Lawrence Eckerling, is joined by the North Shore Choral Society, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Evanston Children’s Choir, and the ETHS Concert Choir and A Capella Singers for the all-ages event. 

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Post date: August 18, 2014 - 10:45am

“To hear or not to hear?” is the question as Scott Speck and the Chicago Philharmonic take your ears on a journey to Denmark.

It begins with the Overture to Hamlet, Tchaikovsky’s dramatic portrayal of the famous Danish Prince. Then Danish violinist Christina Åstrand performs the Midwest premiere of the exhilarating Romantic-era violin concerto of her cherished countryman, Niels Gade.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 10:16am

Evanston police say a combination of readily available guns, disputes among gang members and longstanding conflicts among members of extended families are major factors in gun violence in the city.

In a presentation at a ward meeting earlier this month that's scheduled to be repeated at the Levy Center next month, Deputy Police Chief Jeff Jamraz said that as police try to prevent further gun violence, they've arrested nearly a dozen people on weapons charges so far this year and recovered nearly 40 firearms.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 9:14am

Sometime next year Evanston residents are expected to be able to start sending text messages to the city's 911 emergency phone system.

That's one of the developments in the pipeline reported as the city unveiled an upgraded text-messaging service for the city's 311 information center Friday.

Post date: August 18, 2014 - 8:09am

Sunday, August 24, 1:30-3:30 pm Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Lorelei Joy Goldman, MA, TEP and Training Director for The Psychodrama Training Institute of Chicago offers a presentation using group psychodrama to access areas of the brain that hold spontaneity and imagination. Role-playing and role reversals will offer new perceptions about ourselves and others. These activities will provide rehearsals for authentic living, reduced anxiety, and emerging creativeness.Co-sponsored by North Shore Village.

Post date: August 17, 2014 - 1:58pm

Lou Dickson, executive director of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, is scheduled to receive a key to the city from Evanston officials next month for her contribution to the community.

Dickson started the warehouse in 2011. She says that, after 20 years working as a contractor, she'd become fed up with the amount of usable material going into the dumpster.

She started storing materials from deconstructed and renovated buildings and formed a small board of community members to launch the warehouse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization.

Post date: August 16, 2014 - 8:43am

In the wake of days of aggressive police action responding to protests over Saturday's fatal shooting by a police officer of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., many observers have decried what's being called the militarization local police departments.

Post date: August 15, 2014 - 3:42pm