Evanston police say a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on Emerson Street has led to the recovery of a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic gun.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says detectives assigned to the special operations group stopped the car with several occupants in the 1600 block of Emerson about 4 p.m.

While they had the car stopped, an officer observed one person in the car reaching down in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal something, Parrott said.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 4:41pm

Planned updates to Evanston's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance would require new rental developments to include affordable units or pay penalty fees.

Sarah Flax, grants administrator in the city's Community Development Department, says City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz recently asked staff to consider possible revisions to the 2007 ordinance.

It now requires that 10 percent of units in new condo developments with 25 or more units be aside for affordable housing or that developers pay a $40,000 fee for each affordable unit not included in the project.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 3:46pm

Gunshots were reported last night in the 1700 block of Wesley and in the vicinity of Simpson Street and Dodge Avenue. These among the stories in today's daily crime report from Evanston police.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 3:00pm

Workers from Midwest Wrecking started tearing down the old Citgo gas station building at Gross Point Road and Central Street in northwest Evanston today.

Developer Edgemark Properties acquired the site for $1.2 million in 2007 and had proposed to redevelop it with a Chase Bank branch.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 2:17pm

Evanston city officials are urging homeowners to check their second-installment tax bills to make sure they're received all the exemptions they're entitled to.

Tax bills were mailed earlier this month and payments are due Aug. 1.

Depending on whether they qualify, residents may receive homeowner, senior citizen, senior freeze, disabled persons’, returning or disabled veterans’ and sunset exemptions.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 2:03pm

A new, more subdued scheme for wayfinding signage in Evanston won support Wednesday night from two advisory panels.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 10:03am

Members of Evanston's Economic Development Committee balked Wednesday night at a request for $800,000 in city grants for a proposed new Culver's restaurant on Howard Street.

Culver's franchisee Guy Hollis said he expected it to cost $2.8 million to build the restaurant here, $800,000 more than it cost to build the newest of his five existing Culver's outlets, in Evergreen Park..

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 5:59am

Evanston police detectives investigating Tuesday afternoon's shooting at 2040 Dodge Ave. have released a video surveillance camera image of a car they believe was involved in the incident.

Police say they hope someone may be able to identify the car and anyone associated with it.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says police believe the dark silver car may be a a Hyundai Tucson and that it may be a rental vehicle.

Post date: July 10, 2014 - 5:54am

Can you believe that Evanston is considered the most tech-savvy city of any size in America?

Post date: July 9, 2014 - 3:44pm

Five bicycles were reported stolen throughout Evanston. Also, a woman complained that someone threw coffee on her. These among the stories reported in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police. 

Post date: July 9, 2014 - 3:04pm