An unexpected development in a political campaign, a history lesson on housing discrimination and plans for a high rise on a downtown parking lot. Those were among the most-read stories on Evanston Now last month.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Cops placed on leave after arresting candidate — Nov. 28 — Two Evanston police officers have been placed on administrative leave after they arrested a political candidate who was seeking petition signatures outside the Panera Bread downtown on Sunday evening.
  2. Suspect in Evanston murder nabbed in Texas — Nov. 17 — Evanston police say a suspect in the January murder of Benjamin Mandujano-Bradford has been arrested in Texas.
  3. Three juveniles in custody after police chase — Nov. 3 — Chicago police reportedly have three juveniles in custody after an armed robbery in Evanston this afternoon.
  4. New Deal era housing discrimination in Evanston — Nov. 7 — In the depths of the depression in the 1930s, the federal government hired real estate professionals across the country to create maps identifying the desirability for home loans of different neighborhoods in cities including Evanston.
  5. 14-story office tower proposed for library lot — Nov. 17 — Plans for a 14-story office building to be built on the city-owned parking lot at 1714-20 Chicago Ave. were unveiled at the Evanston Economic Development Committee meeting Wednesday night.
  6. Food wrap: Openings, and a closing — Nov. 2 — NaKorn Kitchen, the Thai restaurant at 1622 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, has been open for a while, but the owners are planning a week-long grand opening celebration, starting with a ribbon cutting by the mayor Friday afternoon.
  7. First tenant found for new building on Davis — Nov. 15 — The five-unit retail building on Davis Street that replaced one destroyed by fire nearly three years ago likely will soon have its first tenant.
  8. Candidate’s arrest sparks review of police policy — Nov. 29 — Evanston aldermen promised a review of police procedures Monday night in the wake of the arrest Sunday of a candidate for city clerk while he was seeking petition signatures in support of his candidacy.
  9. Trump backers protest at Schakowsky’s office — Nov. 1 — About 40 Donald Trump supporters protested outside the Evanston office of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky late this morning.
  10. Aldermen to get brewery plan tonight — Nov. 28 — The long-brewing plan to lease Evanston’s former recycling center as a brewery is scheduled to come before the City Council for introduction tonight.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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