Evanston's supermarkets will soon face a new competitor -- Mariano's Fresh Market -- just across the border in Skokie.

The Skokie Review reports that the fast-growing premium grocery chain plans to open a new store at the northwest corner of McCormick Boulevard and Touhy Avenue.

That's the 75,000 square foot site occupied by the now-shuttered Klein Tools factory. It's just across the street from the Lincolnwood Town Center.

Post date: March 21, 2013 - 6:00am

A plan for a comprehensive reform of public pensions in Illinois proposed by State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston went down to defeat in the state Senate Wednesday.
The Biss plan, projected to save $150 billion over 30 years, picked up the backing of a dozen Republicans, but only 11 Democrats, and fell seven votes short of the 30 needed for passage.
A smaller-scale proposal from Senate President John Cullerton, designed to save $18 billion, just barely squeaked through with the 30 votes required for passage.

Post date: March 21, 2013 - 5:36am

Earth Hour is an international event that challenges cities around the world to turn their lights off for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

This year, Evanston is joining 7,000 cities around the world, representing 152 countries across 7 continents, in spending the evening in darkness.
Similar to last year’s Earth Hour, this year the City of Evanston plans to turn off, or at least dim, some of the lights in city-owned buildings.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 5:14pm

The Mather will host its 4th Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt for more than 2,000 candy-filled orange Easter eggs in its gardens, on Saturday, March 30,  at 2 p.m. at 425 Davis St.
Young hunters should bring their own baskets or bags to fill with their finds!  The public is invited to this free event and refreshments will be served.
Space is limited; RSVP by Thursday, Mar. 28, to (847) 448-0796, or email

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 4:35pm

The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board this week named Carlos Mendez principal of Bessie Rhodes Magnet School.
Mendez had been serving as interim principal since the beginning of the school year.
“During his initial year at the school, Mr. Mendez has embraced parents, teachers and students as an instructional leader and advocate for the school,” Superintendent Hardy Murphy said in a statement.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 4:03pm

Burglars broke into three vehicles, including two that were unlocked, in the 2300 block of Brown Avenue, the 1900 block of Asbury Avenue, and the 300 block of Custer Avenue. These and other stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 3:51pm

Evanston Township High School has named Marcus Campbell to succeed Oscar Hawthorne as assistant superintendent and principal.
Campbell's appointment was approved unanimously by the school board Monday night. He takes on the new role starting July 1.
Campbell previously was associate principal of accademic affairs and student supports at ETHS.
Hawthorne, the district said in a news release, has resigned to take on new career opportunities after four years of service at ETHS.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 2:34pm

The City of Evanston filed suit this week against Chevron, seeking to force the oil giant to clean up a former gas station site at 1801-05 Church St.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 2:10pm

A published report claims The Keg in downtown Evanston may soon lose its lease.
The Daily Northwestern quotes bar owner Tom Migon as saying he's still trying to negotiate a renewal of the lease, which is up at the end of the month.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 11:27am

Plans to hold a "Halloween Hustle" 6K run on the Evanston lakefront the Sunday before Halloween drew complaints from lakefront aldermen this week.
Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, complained that adding the run would break through the 12-event cap the city has placed on lakefront events for the past decade or more.

Post date: March 20, 2013 - 10:23am