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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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