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TIF transparency put on hold

A measure that would tell county residents how tax increment financing districts impact their tax bills was pulled off the table at a County Commission meeting last week after comments by commissioners, including Evanston's Larry Suffredin, indicated it would have a hard time passing. Details from the Chicago Reader.

New video security system planned at ETHS

Officials at Evanston Township High School plan to replace their seven-year-old security camera system with a new digital system this fall. The school's security chief, Frank Kaminski, tells the Evanston Review that the new system will speed up investigations of crime on the campus.

Free beach tokens brought smiles to kids

Leaders of social agencies that were provided with free beach tokens to distribute to low-income families this summer say the pilot program brought a lot of joy to the youngsters they serve. The Daily Northwestern reports that aldermen plan to decide later this fall whether to continue the program next year.

Replica gun confiscated at ETHS

Replica guns -- BB guns designed to look like 9mm handguns -- have turned up in two incidents in Evanston this week. One was used to rob a pizza delivery driver. Another was confiscated at Evanston Township High School after a student was spotted with it tucked in his waistband. WLS-TV reports similar incidents in Chicago have led aldermen there to propose a ban on replica guns.

First condo owners move into Sherman Plaza

The first residents have started moving into the Sherman Plaza development downtown, 10 years after the project was first proposed. The Daily Northwestern reports less than 10 percent of the new owners have moved in so far, and the move-in process is expected to continue for almost a year.