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The jobless rate in Evanston fell to 5.7 percent last month as unemployment levels for the metro area and state also declined.

The jobless rate here is now 2.3 percentage points lower than it was a year ago and down 0.2 percentage points from June.

Figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that of the just over 100 other communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 21 had jobless rates lower than Evanston, and eight others were tied with Evanston at the 5.7 percent level.

Post date: August 21, 2014 - 2:38pm
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Some students at Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools may be asked to switch to one of the district’s two magnet schools if their classes exceed guidelines when school opens on Monday.

Post date: August 21, 2014 - 2:29pm
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A city advisory committee tonight will review a developer's request for $2.9 million in tax increment financing assistance for a new development on the southeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Main Street in Evanston.

Post date: August 21, 2014 - 10:42am
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A company called Tier One Training is seeking city approval to open a self defense training facility at 1017 Davis St. in Evanston.

Post date: August 21, 2014 - 9:24am
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The Republican Club of Evanston hosts a campaign kickoff event on the grounds of the historic Dawes House at 225 Greenwood St. in Evanston on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.. 

Scheduled to appear at the event are Evelyn Sanguinetti, Bruce Rauner's running mate; Kathy Myalls, candidate for the 17th District Illinois House seat that represents northwest Evanston; Jim Durkin, Republican leader in the Illinois House, and Tim Schneider, chairman, Illinois Republican Party.

Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be served at the free event.

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 4:33pm
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When students return to Evanston Township High School for the new school year that begins Monday, they will see a number of changes to the physical plant that are not quite finished, but officials promise they will like the result when the workmen depart, hopefully by late September.

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 4:31pm
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Net income of First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. for the first half of this year amounted to $2,248,000, a gain of 20 percent from the $1,874,000 earned during the same period last year, according to data reported to stockholders this week.

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 3:12pm
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A woman saw two persons try to steal her 2000 Jeep in the 100 block of Custer Avenue. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 2:06pm
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Utility Department crews had to contend with three water main breaks in south Evanston overnight.

Department Director Dave Stoneback says the worst break happened on Dodge Avenue just south of Mulford Street, directly under the CTA Yellow Line tracks.

He says the main there broke where it makes a 90 degree turn which resulted in a full flow of water that created a 10-foot void in the street.

That happened about 8:30 p.m. about 45 minutes after the first break was reported at 1722 South Boulevard.

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 12:53pm
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James Foley, the 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria, was a 2008 graduate of the master's program at Northwestern University's Medill School in Evanston.

In a statement on the school's website, Dean Bradley Hamm said, "Our Medill family is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the murder of Jim Foley. He was a courageous reporter who risked his life repeatedly to seek the truth around the world."

Post date: August 20, 2014 - 12:22pm

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