Laptop computers were stolen from a car in the 1400 block of Main Street and a business establishment in the 1600 block of Emerson Street. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 2:17pm

The League of Women Voters of Evanston will celebrate African-American History Month with a lunch meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, featuring Dino Robinson, founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center.
The meeting will be held at the Prairie Moon Restaurant, 1502 Sherman Ave., and will begin with check-in at 11:45 a.m.
Robinson will speak on "The African American Experience in Evanston:  Past, Present and Future," drawing on the collections of the Shorefront Center illustrating the history of African-American communities on the North Shore.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 1:01pm

Evanston Chamber of Commerce members gathered at Evanston's new 27Live music venue on Church Street Wednesday night for the chamber's 93rd annual meeting.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 12:27pm

Aldermen this week approved a plan to double the number of police officers assigned to Evanston Township High School in return for the school’s pledge to add a new career planning counselor.
Under the plan the number of officers assigned to the high school during the regular school year would increase from one to two. 
The new counselor would focus on at-risk youth who aren't planning to attend college and haven't set a clear path for their careers.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 9:35am

The City of Evanston has received a $580,000 federally-funded grant awarded through the state to upgrade pathways through the Ladd Arboretum.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 8:17am

Evanston police say 15 people were shot and wounded in Evanston over the past two years -- and in only three of those cases has someone been charged with the crime.
That 20 percent clearance rate for shooting incident in Evanston, while seemingly low, is still substantially better than the rate just across Howard Street in Chicago.
There, a report by shows, charges were filed in less than 10 percent of the 3,643 shooting cases over the past two years.

Post date: January 31, 2013 - 5:00am

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Sen. Daniel Biss and State Reps. Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine will host a town hall meeting on the state of public pensions in Illinois on Monday, Feb. 4.
The elected officials will discuss the current liability of the Cook County and Illinois State pension systems, as well as various efforts to reform those systems during the session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette.
Questions from the public will be taken.

Post date: January 30, 2013 - 4:09pm

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce board has named Elaine Kemna-Irish as the chamber’s new executive director.
Kemna-Irish has worked for the chamber since 2007 and has served as director of chamber operations the last two years.
Steve Hagerty, a former board president, said in a statement, “Elaine embodies the traits all business owners and organizations look for in employees – commitment, perseverance, adaptability, competence, passion, and creativity.”

Post date: January 30, 2013 - 4:05pm

Three elementary schools in Evanston/Skokie District 65 won recognition from the state for student achievement in 2012.
Bessie Rhodes Magnet School and Orrington Elementary School were among the 454 Illinois schools listed as 2012 Illinois Honor Roll Academic Excellence Award winners.
Walker Elementary School was one of 105 schools to receive an Illinois Honor Roll 2012 Spotlight Schools Award.

Post date: January 30, 2013 - 2:48pm

A 1990 Volvo and two Chevrolets were victims of thieves looking for catalytic converters in the 1400 block of Dodge Avenue. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: January 30, 2013 - 2:03pm