Stories about money — a city budget crunch and the impact of a minimum wage hike on local businesses — were among the most read on Evanston Now last month.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Wage hike a job killer at Hecky’s — June 30 — Long-time Evanston restaurant owner Hecky Powell says he’ll have to lay off three people next week as a result of the minimum wage increase that goes into effect on Saturday.
  2. Nothing like this in Evanston, aldermen vow — July 11 — Just days after plans for a new lakefront restaurant in Chicago were announced, aldermen in Evanston Monday night vowed there’ll never be a full-service restaurant on our lakefront.
  3. Charges filed in gun arrest — July 4 — Charges were filed today against Michael E. Johnson, arrested by Evanston police Monday who’d been looking for him in connection with a February shots fired incident that left gunshot damage to two homes in the 1600 block of Foster Street.
  4. Man stabbed on Emerson — July 25 — Evanston police are on the scene of a stabbing incident that happened about 10:45 this morning in the 1400 block of Emerson Street.
  5. Independence Day events in Evanston — July 4 — The Evanston Fourth of July Association’s Independence Day celebration will offer a parade, fireworks and other activities around town today. Here’s a look at the schedule.
  6. Evanston neighborhood secedes from Skokie district — July 19 — That portion of northwest Evanston that petitioned to secede from the Skokie Park District had its wish granted by the Skokie Park Board Tuesday night.
  7. City faces multi-million dollar budget crunch — July 9 — Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the city is facing revenue shortfalls and expense increases that could leave it with a general fund budget deficit of more than $5 million this year — even with nearly $2.5 million in spending cuts already under consideration.
  8. Police: Teen found with handgun — July 7 — A 16-year-old Chicago youth has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after, Evanston police say, he was seen running down a Rogers Park street with a handgun.
  9. Librarian paid $110,000 to go away — July 21 — Evanston officials have disclosed that the city’s former adult services librarian, Lesley Williams, was paid $110,000 in severance to resign her position after she’d twice been suspended by the library director.
  10. Six hurt when car drives through donut shop window — July 30 — Evanston fire officials say six people suffered mostly minor injuries from flyinig debris when a car drove through the front window of the Dunkin’ Donuts at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue shortly after 10 o’clock this morning.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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