News of higher tax assessments and the city’s first homicide of the year were among the stories that drew the most reader interest on Evanston Now last month.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories:

  1. Tax assessment hikes vary widely by neighborhood — March 26 — The Cook County Assessor’s Office says residential property assessment changes in Evanston issued earlier this month ranged from a decline averaging 25 percent in one south Evanston neighborhood to an increase averaging 70 percent in neighborhood on the northwest side of the city.
  2. Confirmed measles case creates North Shore exposure risk — March 27 — The Cook County Department of Public Health reports a confirmed case of measles in a north suburban Cook County resident with recent travel history to another country with ongoing measles transmission. The person recently visited several North Shore locations including one in Evanston.
  3. Chicago man shot to death near Twiggs Park — March 9 — Evanston police say a Chicago man was shot to death Friday evening near Twiggs Park in the 5th Ward.
  4. Nic’s to try again for zoning OK — March 30 — The owners of Nic’s Organic Fast Food will try this week to relaunch the approval process for a proposed drive-thru restaurant at Gross Point Road and Crawford Avenue that was rejected by Evanston officials two years ago.
  5. Neighbors attack Emerson apartment plans — March 21 — Neighbors of what would be the first sizable market-rate new housing development on Evanston’s west side in many years sharply criticized the proposal at a Design and Project Review Committee meeting Wednesday.
  6. Student says he was assaulted by adult at Haven — March 7 — Evanston police and District 65 school officials say they are investigating a report that a school employee assaulted a male student at the school on Tuesday.
  7. Waukegan harbor sand to shore up Evanston shoreline — March 8 — A newly announced program calls for using sand dredge from Waukegan Harbor by the Corps of Engineers to build up portions of the shoreline in Evanston and three other north shore communities.
  8. Study finds no gentrification in Evanston — March 25 — A new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found substantial levels of gentrification in many big city neighborhoods, but concluded there was no area of Evanston that is experiencing gentrification.
  9. Dawes parents demand stronger leadership, more support — March 19 — PTA leaders told the District 65 School Board Monday that behavioral and administrative problems have created a “Keystone Cops” environment at Evanston’s Dawes Elementary School.
  10. $130K taken in Ashland burglary — March 6 — Evanston police say burglars hit the jackpot when they broke into an apartment in a building at 101 Ashland Ave. Monday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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