A homeless woman beaten to death, a disappointing report for some schools and a victorious night for Evanston Democrats were among the stories Evanston Now readers read most in November.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Police investigate downtown death as homicide — Nov. 19 — Evanston police say a woman’s body was found around noon today in an alcove outside a Hinman Avenue entrance to First United Methodist Church.
  2. State report gives mixed grades to Evanston schools — Nov. 2 — Two of Evanston’s three middle schools and one elementary school are considered underperforming according to the newly-released Illinois Report Card, while six of its 10 elementary schools are rated exemplary.
  3. Democrats sweep in Evanston — Nov. 6 — Evanston’s Democratic candidates declared victory at their celebration this evening an hour after the polls closed, even before any of the results had been announced.
  4. City files Harley Clarke appeal — Nov. 21 — Evanston aldermen are now scheduled to decide Dec. 10 whether to move forward with the next step leading toward demolishing the Harley Clarke mansion.
  5. Food beat: Coletivo Coffee Cafe opens Friday — Nov. 15 — Colectivo Coffee Cafe will open its doors Friday in the heart of downtown Evanston at 716 Church St., site of Huerbinger Drugs soda fountain in the 1960s and Radio Shack more recently.
  6. Inside Evanston’s first LEED Platinum home — Nov. 3 — Dana Pearl’s eco-friendly home on Mulford Street this week became the first in Evanston to receive LEED Platinum certification — indicating it’s nearly perfect in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.
  7. Springer Spaniel knifed in downtown Evanston — Nov. 26 — Evanston police are investigating a case of an incident in downtown Evanston Friday afternoon that resulted in the knifing of a Springer Spaniel dog.
  8. City staff turns thumbs down on office tower — Nov. 14 — Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee this afternoon recommended that the City Council not approve the office building proposed for what’s now a city parking lot at 1714 Chicago Ave. downtown.
  9. 44 condo units proposed on near west side — Nov. 29 — A developer has submitted preliminary plans to the city to build 44 condominium units in two five-story buildings on adjoining properties at Emerson Street and Jackson Avenue on Evanston’s near west side.
  10. Algebra for All: ‘Having the impact we hoped’ — Nov. 6 — The first year of eliminating tracking for eighth grade algebra showed positive results according to a report presented Monday to the Evanston District 65 School Board.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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