Sex, drugs and downtown development top the news

Reports claiming sexual abuse at the high school and the suppression of student journalists' stories about marijuana use -- along with news of three major downtown development projects -- were among the stories Evanston Now readers read most in October.

Here's a rundown of the top 10:

  1. ETHS in legal hot water with student journalists -- Oct. 12 -- A group of student journalists brought a lawyer with them to this week’s District 202 Board meeting to contest the confiscation by school authorities of a recent issue of the school newspaper, The Evanstonian, that reported on marijuana use.
  2. ETHS bars former teacher over sex abuse complaints -- Oct. 13 -- Evanston Township High School officials say they've issued a no-trespass order against a former drama teacher after allegations surfaced online this week from two former students that he'd had inappropriate sexual contact with them at the school years ago.
  3. One reason for high property taxes in Evanston -- Oct. 22 -- If you've wondered why property taxes in Evanston are high -- here's one key reason. The city doesn't collect nearly as much in sales tax revenue per capita as some other nearby communities.
  4. Pedestrian critically injured when hit by car -- Oct. 22 -- A  52-year-old Evanston man was critically injured just after 10 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by a car in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue.
  5. Two arrested in armed robbery -- Oct. 23. -- Evanston police have charged two Chicago residents with aggravated robbery after an incident early Saturday morning.
  6. New high rise planned on Chicago Avenue -- Oct. 17 -- The owners of The Merion, the senior living community at 1611 Chicago Ave. in Evanston are planning a new high-rise development just to the north of their building.
  7. Council gets request for organic fast food drive-thru -- Oct. 9 -- Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to discuss a request for a special use permit to open an organic fast food drive-thru restaurant at the former gas station site at Crawford Avenue and Gross Point Road.
  8. Proposed city budget calls for layoffs, tax hikes -- Oct. 6 -- Evanston's proposed 2018 city budget calls for trimming the city's staff by 28.3 full-time-equivalent employees, imposing new taxes and hiking parking fees to close a projected $6.1 million general fund revenue shortfall.
  9. 17-story building planned for parking lot on Oak -- Oct. 13 -- The Trammell Crow Company has scheduled a neighborhood meeting for Thursday, Oct. 19, to discuss plans for a 17-story building with 169 apartments that it hopes to build on a parking lot at 1727 Oak Ave. in Evanston.
  10. Aldermen split 6-3 on Albion high rise -- Oct. 24 -- Evanston aldermen voted 6-3 in favor of the proposed 15-story Albion Residential project on Sherman Avenue in introducing the planned development Monday night.

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