Tall tower and hot politics made news in March

1603 Orrington could be dethroned as Evanston's tallest building after a half century.

The introduction of plans for what would be Evanston's tallest building competed with campaign news -- including a disavowed endorsement -- for our readers' attention in March.

Here's a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Drug, gun charges follow raid on Pitner -- March 4 -- One man faces a felony drug charge and another a felony gun charge after a police search of a home in the 1400 block of Pitner Avenue in Evanston.
  2. Miller loses on media 'racism' claim -- March 14 -- Evanston Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, failed to win support from any other City Council members Monday in an effort to deny payment for a city ad campaign on Evanston Now over Miller's claim the site is racist.
  3. Davis tower would be city's tallest -- March 8 -- Developers unveiled plans for what would be Evanston's tallest building Monday night at a community meeting at the downtown public library.
  4. Long-time city employee dies -- March 18 -- Richard W. Zarski, 60, a long-time employee at Evanston's Crown Recreation Center, died at Evanston Hospital on Sunday, March 12.
  5. Broad support, big money keys to Hagerty win -- March 1 -- Mayoral candidate and local businessman Steve Hagerty managed to put together a bigger base of supporters as well as far outspend his opponents to finish first in Tuesday's Evanston mayoral primary.
  6. Hagerty repudiates group's endorsement -- March 24 -- Evanston mayoral candidate Steve Hagerty this afternoon took the unusual step of repudiating the endorsement of a group that had announced it's backing him.
  7. NU student seriously hurt in traffic accident -- March 1 -- Evanston police say a 26-year-old female Northwestern University student was seriously injured about 3:10 this afternoon when she was struck by a car as she crossed Clark Street downtown.
  8. When a story calls Evanston the 'worst' ... -- March 7 -- On primary election day last week a non-profit advocacy group called Injustice Watch posted a story on its website that labeled Evanston as having the "worst" record in the nation for searches following police traffic stops.
  9. Cash, checks piled up at city collector's office -- March 27 -- A former Evanston city employee says he found more than a month's worth of undeposited funds sitting in the city collector's office one Saturday last March.
  10. Upstairs Cafe at Central Street Metra may close -- March 29 -- Customers at the Upstairs CafĂ© at Evanston’s Central Street Metra station have launched an email and telephone campaign to persuade Union Pacific Railroad to let them stay in business.