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Local election dominated the news

Evanston's hotly contested election drove much of the news in town in April, but the economy and crime issues also drew considerable interest.

Campaign signs at the Civic Center.

Evanston’s hotly contested election drove much of the news in town in April, but the economy and crime issues also drew considerable interest.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories:

  1. Unofficial results have four council seats turning over — April 6 — Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election indicate just five incumbent aldermen will serve another term on the Evanston City Council.
  2. One long-standing restaurant closes, another reopens — April 24 — It was a place where you could get rye toast, wheat toast, and even French toast. But now the Golden Olympic is toast itself.
  3. Global product shortage impacts Evanston businesses — April 23 — A shrinking supply of a critical product component is rippling across the globe, with implications here in Evanston.
  4. Council candidate now admits being arrested during traffic stop — April 3 — After months of insisting her driver’s license had not been suspended and she hadn’t been arrested by Evanston police, a candidate for City Council now admits both things were true.
  5. Hotel closing leaves wedding reception in limbo — April 9 — It looks like the wedding party will have to find another place for their wedding party.
  6. Apartment building proposed to replace auto dealership — April 23 — Live-work units planned for the base of the new five-story building.
  7. Mother buries third son who died from gun violence — April 5 — Debbie Hicks-Caluya buried her son this morning, two years after burying another son, and five years after laying a third son to rest.
  8. Anonymous attack flyers unmasked — April 5 — Anonymous flyers appeared over the weekend in Evanston opposing incumbent aldermen in the 1st, 3rd and 7th Wards. A target of the attack says she knows where they came from.
  9. Afternoon robberies spike in South Evanston — April 2 — Cell phones and women’s purses are targeted.
  10. Evanston Together names donors — Evanston Together LLC, the political action committee formed last month to back several candidates in the April 6 aldermanic election, disclosed its donors late Thursday.

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