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School assignment plan could face challenge

Evanston/Skokie School District 65's plan to assure racial balance in school assignments could be placed at risk, depending on the outcome of two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term.The Evanston Review reports that the justices seemed unsympathetic to the plans challenged in Seattle, Wash. and Louisville, Ky. during oral arguments, and District 65 board member Jonathan Baum, a civil rights attorney, says those plans are very similar to the one in use in Evanston.Mr.

Commute from Milwaukee?

Business leaders in Milwaukee are pitching an extension of commuter rail service that now runs from Chicago, through Evanston, to Kenosha so it would continue on into downtown Milwaukee.The column pushing the idea in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinal omits a price tag for the project, but says it would be funded with "millions of federal dollars" and would generate billions in increased real estate values along the tracks.

College towns hit schools for budget help

In a move that should sound familiar to Evanstonians, officials in State College, Pa., are seeking more financial help from Penn State University to pay for municipal services.Penn State already pays nearly $775,000 a year in impact fees to communities that surround the campus under an agreement that was negotiated over a decade ago.The Daily Collegian at Penn State surveyed the town-gown fee situation at several Big 10 schools.