Evanston’s most heated election for mayor in many years, and an overwhelming victory for a school tax hike topped the news last month, along with an array of crime stories.
Here’s a rundown of the 10 stories Evanston Now readers read most:
- Hagerty claims victory in mayor’s race — April 4 — Sustained cheers broke out at the Steve Hagerty election night party as the final vote totals show Hagerty with a narrow victory over Mark Tendam. The margin: 50.47 percent to 49.53 percent.
- Two charged after north Evanston drug raid — April 1 — Members of the Evanston Police Department’s Special Operations Group this morning executed a search warrant for a narcotics investigation on an apartment at 2602 Central St.
- Woman charged after fight at McDonald’s — April 3 — Evanston police say things went downhill fast at the McDonald’s on Dempster Street about 9:35 this morning after the car seat in which a woman was carrying her child accidentally tapped the mirror of another car in the parking lot.
- Gun, drugs seized after domestic battery call — April 5 — Evanston police say that what started out as a domestic battery call ended up leading to the arrest of two people on gun and drug charges.
- Man charged with delivering heroin — April 15 — Evanston police say an investigation into the sale of heroin in Evanston that started in 2015 led to the arrest Friday of Robert L. Crayton, 39, of 1838 Hovland Court.
- 16-story tower planned for Sherman — April 7 — Evanston zoning officials this week received a proposal from a developer to build a 16-story building that would occupy most of the west side of Sherman Avenue in the block between Lake and Grove streets downtown.
- School results: Referendum wins big — April 4 — Evanston and Skokie voters overwhelmingly agreed today to increase the School District 65 tax levy by 16.7 percent — giving the referendum an 80 percent margin of victory.
- Two guns seized in separate traffic stops — April 17 — Evanston police say the department’s tactical unit recovered two guns in separate weekend traffic stops.
- Evanston voters start down road to disaster — April 6 — Evanston voters Tuesday decided to head down a road that, unless they turn back, leads inevitably to fiscal disaster.
- Food scene: Openings and closings — April 16 — More changes on the Evanston restaurant scene over the past few days — with two openings and one closing to report.