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Development plans, crime-fighting efforts get attention

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Plans for a new downtown Target store, a new music venue and a new rental high rise were among the stories Evanston Now readers read most in May, along with news of police efforts to get guns off the street.

Here’s a rundown of the 10 stories readers read most:

  1. Police recover gun in traffic stop — May 22 — Evanston Police say the driver of a parked car who was rolling a cannabis cigar drew the attention of officers last week as they were on patrol just over the Chicago border.
  2. Target to open in Sherman Plaza — May 18 — Target is planning to open a second store in Evanston — in the Sherman Plaza development downtown.
  3. Chicago man charged with car burglary — May 22 — A Chicago man is facing charges for breaking into a car on Brummel Street Friday after an alert resident tipped police to the incident.
  4. Effort to block Wilmette development continues — May 15 — Evanston aldermen will be asked tonight to adopt a resolution objecting to construction by Cook County of an access road across land leased to the city by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to provide access to a landlocked potential residential development site in Wilmette.
  5. Neighbors pack room to hear about new tower — May 3 — Neighbors and downtown business owners packed the back room at Prairie Moon Tuesday evening to hear about plans to replace the restaurant with a 16-story residential tower.
  6. Police: Skokie felon found with loaded gun — May 17 — Evanston police Monday evening arrested a 19-year-old Skokie man who they say was carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun on Howard Street.
  7. D202 chief: ‘This board just made history’ — May 1 — Evanston Township High School District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon dramatically stated to a crowded room of students and citizens Monday night that “this board just made history” in adopting a policy of acceptance of student transgender rights.
  8. Plans unveiled for former 27 Live space — May 18 — Signs are up at the former 27 Live building at 1012 Church St. in Evanston announcing plans for new restaurant and music offerings there.
  9. High winds take out trees — May 17 — Winds this afternoon and evening gusting as high as 50 miles per hour have caused nearly a dozen minor incidents of downed trees and similar issues across Evanston.
  10. Bobkiewicz finalist for manager job in Tacoma — May 3 — Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is one of four finalists to become the new city manager of Tacoma, Washington.

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