Several aldermen expressed dismay Monday night over negative comments about the city included in a newly released survey of Evanston public safety workers.
Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, said she "found the comments pretty disturbing, in terms of opinions about the schools and community."
"I thought we were pretty supportive of both departments and would like to figure out how we can do that better," Holmes added.

Post date: March 5, 2013 - 6:59am

Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery.
Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is sent to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation.
But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 8:17pm

SPRINGFIELD  —  Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver his vision for a state budget Wednesday and is expected to take about an hour to explain how he wants to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on schools, health care, social services and Illinois’ most pressing problem — public pensions.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 7:12pm

Snow that forecasters had expected to start falling by 3 p.m. still hasn't arrived yet.
But Evanston Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm says it's still on the way.
Dry air has limited the early light snow and flurries in the area, which now may not arrive until around midnight.
Forecast projections indicate that the first inch of snow should be down by 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Steady snow begins after that and becomes heavy after 10 a.m. Snowfall rates can reach one to two inches per hour for periods of time.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 5:32pm

The North Shore Senior Center, which serves residents of Evanston and other North Shore communities, will close its Evanston Social Service Office at Main Street and Dodge Avenue as well as its main campus at 161 Northfield Road in Northfield on Tuesday because of the approaching snow storm.

The organization's ,Fitness Center will be closed as well, according to Jordan Luhr, executive director.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 4:37pm

Two offenders grabbed their victim from behind and took his cell phone at Lake Street and Darrow Avenue. This and other stories in the weekend roundup of the daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 4:25pm

Historian Erin Hvizdak will provide an in-depth look at the woman-run cooperative housekeeping venture, the Evanston Community Kitchen at the Evanston History Center on April 4.
The Evanston Community Kitchen was founded as a canning kitchen during World War I. At its peak, the kitchen produced hot dinners in state-of-the-art facilities and delivered up to 500 meals per week.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 3:19pm

The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University offers weekend courses for academically gifted children this month.
On March 16-17, 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to explore Earth Science while students in grades 7 and 8 can learn about the internet, webservers and websites on the school's Evanston campus.
The Accelerated Weekend Experience provides students the opportunity to delve into a favorite area of interest with a community of peers who share their passion for the subject.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 2:55pm

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston raised more than $34,000 for its programs at a "Warm Your Palate" fundraising event Thursday at Now We’re Cookin’ in Evanston.
Celebrating IWSE’s Centennial, local chefs took the capacity crowd of 120 guests on a culinary excursion as they sampled signature appetizers and desserts.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 2:41pm

Evanston police say they've arrested two men who'd allegedly been stealing copper downspouts.
Cmdr. Jay Parrott says tactical officers on patrol Friday afternoon spotted two men behaving suspiciously in the 900 block of Chicago Avenue.
Parrott says the officers, after questioning the two, recovered two large plastic bags filled with cut up pieces of copper downspouts.
The officers also discovered locations in the 200 block of Main Street, the 500 block of Lee Street and the 900 block of Forest Avenue where the two allegedly had used metal snips to remove downspouts.

Post date: March 4, 2013 - 1:00pm