Beefs about parking, evictions and school leadership — and news about changes on the restaurant scene — were among the subjects of stories that drew the most interest from Evanston Now readers in April.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Change of name for downtown watering hole — April 22 —  The signs were being changed today at 1601 Sherman Ave. in downtown Evanston as World of Beer became the Evanston Pub.
  2. Cops: Guns found behind car’s tinted glass — April 12 — Evanston police say what started out as a traffic stop for a car’s illegally tinted windows led to the recovery of two guns and weapons-related charges against three people.
  3. School and park district election results — April 3 — Here are the results of Tuesday’s election for school and park districts serving Evanston.
  4. Food beat: Coming and going — April 2 — Spotted in downtown Evanston yesterday — folks talking about plans for new signage on the building at 622 Davis St. that used to house Cheesie’s Pub and Grub.
  5. City may force landlords to pay departing tenants — April 26 — Evanston city staff will ask aldermen Monday whether they want to force landlords to pay off tenants when leases aren’t renewed.
  6. Merchants decry ‘predatory’ parking enforcement — April 25 — A group of merchants, most from the Main Dempster Mile shopping district, decried what one called “predatory enforcement” of new parking rules at an Evanston Transportation and Parking Committee meeting Wednesday evening.
  7. Board members challenge board leadership — April 23 — Two Evanston School District 65 board members abstained from leadership votes Monday night citing frustration with the board’s ineffectiveness and lack of focus.
  8. Jennifer Pritzker plans exit from single-family market — April 4 — Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker, who bought several homes in Evanston over the past several years and turned two of them into bed and breakfasts, has put her properties here on sale in a move a spokesperson says represents a shift for her to the commercial real estate market.
  9. Waukegan man arrested on repeat trip to Target — April 26 — Evanston police arrested a 51-year-old Waukegan man at the Target store on Sherman Avenue Thursday after a store employee told officers he was the same man who eluded authorities after an armed robbery at the store nearly a year ago.
  10. Knife assault at Maple and Davis — April 25 — An assault was reported at Maple Avenue and Davis Street yesterday involving an offender in a wheelchair with a knife.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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