Development dominated the news for much of last month — with a high-rise approved, a giant liquor store announced and an organic fast food restaurant rejected. But that wasn’t all.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories Evanston Now readers read most in November:
- Council OKs Albion high-rise, outrages foes — Nov. 14 — Evanston aldermen voted 5-4 Monday night to approve the 15-story Albion Residential planned development at 1450 Sherman Ave.
- Liquor dealers object to competition — Nov. 16 — Owners of several Evanston wine and liquor stores spoke out at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday night against plans to open a Binny’s Beverage Depot on Chicago Avenue.
- Binny’s eyes shuttered Whole Foods site — Nov. 9 — The liquor store chain Binny’s Beverage Depot wants to take over the former Whole Foods store at 1111 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.
- Traffic fears nix Nic’s — Nov. 15 — Aldermen this week rejected plans to establish a Nic’s Organic Fast Food restaurant on a long-vacant parcel of land in northwest Evanston.
- Settlement proposed in Robinson suit — Nov. 10 — Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a $500,000 payment to former Public Works Director Suzette Robinson to settle an employment discrimination suit she filed after she was dismissed from her city job.
- Armed robbery attempt at restaurant on Main — Nov. 3 — An armed robbery attempt occurred last night at a restaurant in the 700 block of Main Street.
- Aldermen get report on 12-year-old-s arrest — Nov. 4 — Members of Evanston’s Human Services Committee are scheduled Monday to review the police investigation of complaints over the arrest of a 12-year-old bicycle rider downtown last July.
- Evanston population goal: 810,000? — Nov. 2 — Evanston’s inclusionary housing ordinance can’t solve its affordable housing problem. Here’s why.
- How salaries of Evanston teachers, administrators compare statewide — Nov. 10 — Teachers and administrators in Evanston’s public schools are paid substantially more than the state average, but so is the competition at New Trier.
- Byline Bank to acquire First Bank & Trust — Nov. 27 — Byline Bancorp, Inc. and First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., owner of Evanston-based First Bank & Trust, today announced they’ve reached a definitive agreement under which Byline will acquire First Evanston in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $169 million.