A shocking shooting on Howard Street and a wave of catalytic converter thefts were among the most-read stories on Evanston Now in January, along with reports from the campaign trail and the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Gunman dead, woman critically injured — Jan. 9 — Evanston police say a gunman took a woman hostage at the IHOP at Howard and Asbury around 5:40 p.m. Saturday and then shot her multiple times before fleeing across Howard Street where he exchanged gunfire with Evanston police who fatally shot him.
  2. Callan Avenue woman charged with child endangerment — Dec. 21 — A 24-year-old Callan Avenue woman was arrested by Evanston police and charged with child endangerment.
  3. Two robberies in daylight hours — Jan. 15 — A 37-year-old woman was knocked down, and her purse was taken. A 23-year-old man lost $500 he had just withdrawn from an ATM.
  4. Mayoral forum: Lots of agreement, and a few zingers — Jan. 19 — Candidates try to present themselves as best prepared to lead Evanston.
  5. Food delivery man fights off attacker — Jan. 22 — A robber tried to hijack a food delivery man’s 2015 Toyota at Seward Street and Sherman Avenue, but he met resistance as the victim yelled for police and was assisted by a neighbor, who called the cops.
  6. 24 apartments proposed for 2030 Greenwood — Jan. 16 — Project would require rezoning and three variations.
  7. 12 more catalytic converters stolen — Jan. 8 — Evanston police reported 12 more thefts of catalytic converters this week, most of them on Toyotas, and would welcome a call if you think you see such a theft in progress,
  8. Biss has huge early lead in mayoral fundraising — Jan. 8 — Daniel Biss has built up a huge lead in fundraising for Evanston’s mayoral election.
  9. You’ve likely got a long wait for your COVID shots — Jan. 5 — Latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control suggests most Evanston residents still have a long wait ahead before they get their COVID-19 vaccine shots.
  10. Orrington reopening delayed — hotel outlook remains grim — Jan. 25 — Reopening of the Hilton Orrington hotel in downtown Evanston has been delayed, and there are now questions about the long-term ownership and operation of the property.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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