While approving $2 million in city aid to the new Valli Produce store at the Evanston Plaza, some aldermen voiced doubts this week about the city's rush to help the plaza project.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, suggested that the city's decision to create a tax increment financing district for the plaza in 2012, while it was owned by Bonnie Management, which made no significant progress in redeveloping the property, may have had the effect of jacking up the price that current owner Valli Produce had to pay to acquire it.

Post date: February 25, 2015 - 10:25am

Piccolo and associate principal flute with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Baron has also performed with the Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds.

A Juilliard graduate, Baron was a founding member of the quartet Flute Force and has recorded with the Triptych trio. She is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University.

Admission is free.

Post date: February 25, 2015 - 10:14am

Fanfare magazine says of the Canadian Guitar Quartet, "One cannot imagine better ensemble playing." The group has often been featured on national broadcasts in the Americas and Europe, on a "Classical Guitar Alive" webcast from the United States, and with orchestras across the globe.

The quartet's 2007 New York City debut on the 92nd Street Y's "Art of the Guitar" series was enthusiastically received with several standing ovations, and CGQ's three recordings have won awards and international critical acclaim.




Post date: February 25, 2015 - 10:12am

Anne Sills, who was among supporters of the failed 2012 campaign to build a 5th Ward school, is making her first race for election to the Evanston Township High School Board.

Sills, who declined a request by Evanston Now to be interviewed about her campaign, ran for the District 65 school board in 2001 and finishing fifth in a six-candidate race for four seats on that board.

Post date: February 25, 2015 - 7:03am

Ben Morton didn’t get the opportunity for wrestling payback Tuesday night against Oak Park-River Forest in the Class 3A dual meet sectional meet hosted by Niles West.

But Morton took advantage of the chance to end his Evanston career on a high note, pinning Chris Helm in 5 minutes, 14 seconds in the 138-pound bout for Evanston’s only fall of the night.

Post date: February 25, 2015 - 6:41am

An Evanston man has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly shaking his infant daughter because she wouldn't stop crying.

Post date: February 24, 2015 - 6:57pm

A passport was among items that were delivered to an apartment/condo common area in the 200 block of Custer Avenue and were stolen yesterday afternoon. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: February 24, 2015 - 2:59pm

More students at Evanston Township High School earned scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams last year (1,480) than took AP courses in 2010 (1,384), the District 202 Board learned Monday night.

Post date: February 24, 2015 - 11:01am

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host its annual benefit “Nurturing the Land” at the Crystal Ballroom, 529 Davis St. in Evanston, on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

This year’s event will feature elegant cuisine, a silent auction, grand prize raffle drawing, and a presentation by the Chi-Nation Youth Council honoring their advocacy efforts in land preservation and how Native culture is nurturing the land today.

Post date: February 24, 2015 - 10:51am

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to seek to hire a professional fundraiser to drum up financial support for a new or renovated Robert Crown Center.

The goal would be to have the fundraiser find donors to provide a minimum of $5 million toward redevelopment of Crown's ice rink and other facilities -- and possibly as much as $18 million.

Post date: February 24, 2015 - 10:32am