Development dominates the news

Unhappy Albion foes after the Nov. 14 Council vote approving the high-rise.

Development dominated the news for much of last month -- with a high-rise approved, a giant liquor store announced and an organic fast food restaurant rejected. But that wasn't all.

Here's a rundown of the top 10 stories Evanston Now readers read most in November:

  1. Council OKs Albion high-rise, outrages foes -- Nov. 14 -- Evanston aldermen voted 5-4 Monday night to approve the 15-story Albion Residential planned development at 1450 Sherman Ave.
  2. Liquor dealers object to competition -- Nov. 16 -- Owners of several Evanston wine and liquor stores spoke out at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday night against plans to open a Binny's Beverage Depot on Chicago Avenue.
  3. Binny's eyes shuttered Whole Foods site -- Nov. 9 -- The liquor store chain Binny's Beverage Depot wants to take over the former Whole Foods store at 1111 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.
  4. Traffic fears nix Nic's -- Nov. 15 -- Aldermen this week rejected plans to establish a Nic's Organic Fast Food restaurant on a long-vacant parcel of land in northwest Evanston.
  5. Settlement proposed in Robinson suit -- Nov. 10 -- Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a $500,000 payment to former Public Works Director Suzette Robinson to settle an employment discrimination suit she filed after she was dismissed from her city job.
  6. Armed robbery attempt at restaurant on Main -- Nov. 3 --  An armed robbery attempt occurred last night at a restaurant in the 700 block of Main Street.
  7. Aldermen get report on 12-year-old-s arrest -- Nov. 4 -- Members of Evanston's Human Services Committee are scheduled Monday to review the police investigation of complaints over the arrest of a 12-year-old bicycle rider downtown last July.
  8. Evanston population goal: 810,000? -- Nov. 2 -- Evanston’s inclusionary housing ordinance can’t solve its affordable housing problem. Here’s why.
  9. How salaries of Evanston teachers, administrators compare statewide -- Nov. 10 -- Teachers and administrators in Evanston’s public schools are paid substantially more than the state average, but so is the competition at New Trier.
  10. Byline Bank to acquire First Bank & Trust -- Nov. 27 -- Byline Bancorp, Inc. and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., owner of Evanston-based First Bank & Trust, today announced they've reached a definitive agreement under which Byline will acquire First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $169 million.

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