The jobless rate in Evanston and across Illinois jumped as 2015 got underway. Evanston's rate rose to 5.6 percent in January from a revised 4.6 percent in December.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 7:46pm

Northwestern University will donate $1 million annually to the City of Evanston for the next five years, starting this year, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro announced today.

The announcement was made during the mayor's annual State of the City speech at the Hilton Orrington Hotel.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 1:57pm

A cell phone was stolen from a gym locker at the McGaw YMCA Wednesday night. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 1:11pm

Evanston school board candidates were challenged at a forum Thursday night about policies that send kids with disruptive behavioral problems to out-of-town special education programs.

During her 5th Ward meeting at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Alderman Delores Holmes said students bused out of the community feel disenfranchised, come back while it's still early in the day and get into trouble.

She asked the candidates whether there's been consideration of having an alternative school in Evanston, rather than sending them away.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 10:04am

Evanston has become the fourth community in the state and the first on the north shore to make it possible to send text messages to the city's 911 emergency service.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 6:52am

After missing almost three weeks of the indoor track season due to a hamstring injury, Genora Garcia is still rounding back into form after breaking the indoor school record in the shotput earlier in the season.

But even at less than her best, the Evanston senior had no trouble topping the field at the Central Suburban League South girls indoor championship invitational held Thursday at the Glenbrook South fieldhouse.

Post date: March 20, 2015 - 6:40am

Someone entered the garage of a home in the 2100 block of McDaniel Avenue Monday night and stole cash from a 2011 Toyota parked inside. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: March 19, 2015 - 1:23pm

It was only practice, but Evanston firefighters and their colleagues from Skokie and Wilmette performed Thursday as if it were the real thing.

Post date: March 19, 2015 - 11:57am

Monique Parsons, the chief operating officer at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, is making her first run for election to the Evanston Township High School Board.

Parsons, who declined a request by Evanston Now to be interviewed about her campaign, says she wants to provide "intentional leadership" and "data-driven decisions" to give every student the opportunity to succeed.

Parsons, of 8710 Trumbull Ave. in Skokie, grew up in Evanston, attending Walker Elementary and Chute Middle schools.

Post date: March 19, 2015 - 11:30am

Omar Brown is running for his first full term on the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board after being appointed to fill a vacancy on the board last year.

Post date: March 19, 2015 - 10:57am