The Evanston Police Pepartment released its annual report for 2011 today, noting that while the total crime rate hardly budged, three violent crime categories saw major declines and the department conducted two major undercover drug operations.
A garage burglary in the 1400 block of Fowler Avenue yielded a substantial haul of power equipment, electronics, and car parts. This and other stories in today's daily bulletin from Evanston police.
Carlos Mendez, assistant principal at Haven Middle School for the past year, has been named interim principal at Bessie Rhodes Magnet School for the coming school year.
After receiving word that Rhodes Principal Adrian Harries is leaving at the end of June, School Superintendent Hardy Murphy recommended the appointment.
“Mr. Mendez has demonstrated leadership as part of the Haven Middle School team,” Murphy said. “He is a man who is willing to listen," and the Rhodes school families, while they are losing "one fine leader, they are gaining another.”
The Evanston-based Piven Theatre Workshop will focus its upcoming 2012-13 season on the theme of “Coming of Age.”
The season includes a premiere of award-winning playwright Polly Stenham’s play Tusk Tusk and concludes with its annual Young People’s Company and Performance Project productions featuring literary adaptations and story theatre.
Evanston beaches open for the season Saturday, but some other city facilities will be closed for parts of the weekend for the Memorial Day holiday.
The city's recreation centers will be closed Monday. The civic center and the public library will be closed Sunday and Monday.
You'll need tokens to use the beach. More information about that is available online.
City officials, working with the Evanston Community Foundation, are trying to build a "roadmap for the arts" in the city.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz Monday night said that, among other things, the project is designed to:
Evanston's city attorney says the city's decision to reduce the use of outside counsel to handle court cases is saving the city substantial amounts of money.
SPRINGFIELD - To pay down overdue bills, Illinois Senate Democrats voted tonight to siphon cash out of special funds that support myriad projects — including Boy and Girl Scouts, tourism, energy assistance and transit development.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House voted Monday to abolish a century-old legislative scholarship program blighted by lawmaker abuse.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn refused Monday to discuss the possibility of gambling expansion in Illinois, insisting he wants lawmakers to focus on Medicaid and pension reform.