Jobless rate declines as workforce shrinks

Evanston's jobless rate dropped 0.3 percent last month, but the number of people with jobs also fell.
The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in November to 7.4 percent in December. But the size of the labor force shrank from 41,683 people to 41,045. The number of people with jobs fell by 467 and the number of those looking for work declined by 171.

Aldermen wrestle with restaurant rules

Aldermen on Evanston's Planning and Development Committee decided Monday that they don't like the new restaurant definitions the City Council adopted last fall.
In 2005, the council -- trying to deal with litter problems created by fast-food restaurants -- made those businesses jump through the city's "special use permit" process before they could open.