A deadly construction accident, the unending debate over the future of the Harley Clarke mansion and the tradeoffs in balancing the city’s budget dominated the news in Evanston in October. 

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories:

  1. One dead, one hospitalized in construction accident — Oct. 9 — Two workers were hurt when a load of steel being lifted by a crane reportedly slipped and struck them about 8:25 this morning at a construction site on Emerson Street in Evanston. One of the victims later died at Evanston Hospital.
  2. Two-year wait to build lakefront home is over — Oct. 10 — Two and a half years after buying a vacant lot on Evanston’s lakefront, and despite continuing objections from neighbors, Adam and Susan Sabow finally have Preservation Commission approval to build a home there.
  3. Viewpoint: The albatross on the lake — Oct. 22 — I’m so tired of Harley Clarke. After seven years of trying to decide what to do with it, Evanstonians still can’t agree.
  4. Former fire chief blasts planned station closing — Oct. 8 — A former Evanston fire chief, Greg Klaiber, is sharply criticizing plans to close one of the city’s five fire stations as part of broader cuts to balance the city’s 2019 budget.
  5. Proposed city budget calls for police, fire staff cuts — Oct. 5 — Evanston’s proposed 2019 city budget, released late today, calls for the first sizable layoffs in many years from the city’s fire and police departments.
  6. Openings: Tag’s, Squeezebox and more — Oct. 20 — New and relocated businesses are holding celebrations in Evanston this weekend.
  7. Harley Clarke: Should it stay or go? — Oct. 15 — Four Evanston residents debated the future of the Harley Clarke mansion Sunday at a sparsely attended referendum forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
  8. What you’ll pay Evanston more for in 2019 — Oct. 5 — Evanston residents will see big increases in parking fees and other auto-related costs next year under the proposed budget unveiled by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today.
  9. Preservation panel rejects mansion demolition — Oct. 23 — To no one’s surprise, Evanston’s Preservation Commission this evening voted unanimously to reject the city’s plan to demolish the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.
  10. Study: Neighborhoods shape kids for life — Oct. 2 — A new study offers dramatic visual evidence for the impact that living in different neighborhoods has on the adult success of Evanston children who grew up in low income families.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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