The fierce storm that started the month drew lots of attention from Evanston Now readers in February — but not as much as the closure of a downtown restaurant or the governor’s plan to slash financial aid to the city. Here’s a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Sandwich shop bids adieu — Feb. 13 — The British sandwich shop chain with the faux French name, Pret a Manger, has bid adieu to Evanston.
  2. Rauner budget hits Evanston with $3.75 million cut — Feb. 18 — Gov. Bruce Rauner;s first state budget, unveiled today, would cut income tax revenue shared with local governments in half — punching a $3.75 million hole in Evanston’s city budget.
  3. CTA to test evening Purple Express run — Feb. 6 — In a move city officials hope will help stimulate business for downotwn Evanston restaurants and perhaps encourage more people to live and work here, the CTA has agreed to test adding a new evening Purple Line Express run to its schedule.
  4. Too many restaurants in Evanston? — Feb. 26 — Evanston officials fretted at Wednesday night’s Economic Development Committee meeting about how to attract a more diverse range of retail businesses to the city’s shopping districts.
  5. Plows struggle as blizzard conditions arrive — Feb. 1 — Snow plows were running in pairs on Evanston’s main roads this morning as crews struggled to keep up with steadily falling snow and the National Weather Service declared that blizzard warning conditions were in effect.
  6. Fancy path choice to quadruple local taxpayer cost — Feb. 8 — City efforts to answer complaints from some activists about plans to resurface a path through the Ladd Arboretum will quadruple the cost to local taxpyaers of the project.
  7. Man who redeveloped former Keg site dies — Feb. 13 — Evan Oliff, the developer who re-envisioned the former site of The Keg of Evanston as a new restaurant venue, has died.
  8. City to sell lots for planned Ridge high-rise — Feb. 22 — Evanston aldermen Monday will be asked to approve negotiations to sell three tiny city-owned lots in the 1800 block of Ridge Avenue that would be added to a planned high-rise apartment development on the block.
  9. Car flips on Brummel, teen driver charged — Feb. 14 — Evanston police say a car flipped on its side after hitting at least two parked cars in the 800 block of Brummel Street in south Evanston about 10 p.m. Friday night.
  10. City renames former Boocoo center — Feb. 11 — The City of Evanston, which acquired the shuttered Boocoo cultural center on Church Street last month, gave it a new name this week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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