ETHS students paint "Black Lives Matter" on the Dodge Avenue pavement outside the school July 3. (Barbara Freeman photo)

Three themes dominated the news in Evanston in July — the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, protests over police practices and an outburst of gun violence that left three people dead late in the month.

Here’s a rundown of the month’s most-read stories:

  1. ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art defaced — July 4 — Someone defaced the newly painted Black Lives Matter sign on Dodge Avenue overnight by tossing what appeared to be about a gallon of white paint across a couple of the letters.
  2. CTA planning for a changed future — July 9 — In addition to buying candy bars and chips, you may soon be able to purchase personal protective equipment, masks, from vending machines at Chicago Transit Authority “L” stations.
  3. Evanston has third homicide in a week — July 26 — Evanston police say a man was shot in the neck about 3 p.m. today in the 1900 block of Hartrey Avenue.
  4. City has second homicide in a week — July 25 — After going more than a year without a fatal shooting, Evanston has now had two homicides in less than a week.
  5. ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted on street at ETHS — July 3 — Members of the Evanston Township High School basketball team spent the day today using yellow road marking paint to add a giant Black Lives Matter sign to the Dodge Avenue pavement in front of the school.
  6. Shooting victim was Glenview man — July 24 — Evanston police say the man shot to death early Thursday morning near the CTA Red Line station on Howard Street was a 20-year-old resident of Glenview.
  7. Condo complex sold for $17 million — July 2 — An Evanston condominium complex has been sold to a developer, North Park Ventures, that’s converting the property to rental apartments.
  8. ETHS teachers question reopening plans — July 14 — Teachers at Evanston Township High School are giving low marks to the ETHS school reopening framework — or giving it an incomplete at best.
  9. Evanston firms that got top PPP payouts — July 8 — Nearly 1,500 Evanston-based businesses have received funds from the federal government under the Paycheck Protection Program enacted in response to economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  10. Metra seeks injunction against Union Pacific — July 22 — Metra, the regional commuter rail service, is asking a federal agency for an order against Union Pacific, the railroad that runs Metra’s trains through Evanston and many other suburban communities.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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