A new report says the Illinois state budget is not fiscally sustainable and the state won't be able to keep taxes at current levels while continuing to provide current services and promised benefits.

The report by the State Budget Crisis Task Force, co-chaired by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York City transit chief Richard Ravitch, paints a grim picture of the state's fiscal future.
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Post date: October 24, 2012 - 3:16pm

Barnes & Noble's downtown Evanston store is one of 63 where the company says it has detected tampering with PIN pad devices.
The company says only one PIN pad in each of the stores was tampered with and that it has discontinued use of all PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide.
The company also notified federal law enforcement authorities, and has been supporting a federal government investigation into the matter.

Post date: October 24, 2012 - 10:54am

Plans for a Chase Bank branch to replace a shuttered gas station in northwest Evanston moved a step forward this week after the ward's aldermen said that, despite complaints from some, most neighbors now favor the scaled-back plan.
Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, said the project, at the intersection of Gross Point Road and Crawford Avenue, has been under consideration for almost a year.

Post date: October 24, 2012 - 10:31am

When you have a medical emergency at home and you call 911, the Evanston paramedics and firefighters who respond have only a vague idea of the medical challenge that awaits them. But a joint program between the Fire Department and Evanston Hospital is designed to make that lifesaving call more effective.

Post date: October 24, 2012 - 10:30am

A laptop computer, camera equipment, and a flat screen television set were stolen from an apartment in the 1100 block of Ashland Avenue Monday. This and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 4:50pm

Evanston police think the same vandals who cut tires on 10 vehicles Friday night on Orrington, Sherman, and Colfax,  have now turned their destructive sights onto phone and cable wires.

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 3:59pm

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, pushing for a $1 per pack boost in the cigarette tax, says the increase would save the county millions by cutting health care costs.
At a news conference at Stroger Hospital today, Preckwinkle pointed to a recent analysis by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 1:21pm

Writer, journalist and academic Douglas Foster has said he is hooked on the post-liberation story of South Africa.
At a Crain Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, Foster, author of “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid Africa,” will discuss that story and the genesis of his book in words, photographs and audio clips at Northwestern University.

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 1:02pm

Amanda Dehnert's new musical, The Verona Project," is an electric hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music. A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare's first comedy, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," the show takes an honest look at surviving love and loss. Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, The Verona Project explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become.
October 19 – November 4, 2012 (there will be a student matinee on Fri, Nov 2 at 10am)

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

The state and local tax burden on Illinois residents has gone up -- rising from 13th to 11th highest in the nation between 2009 and 2010.

Post date: October 23, 2012 - 12:02pm