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Money woes for city, local businesses

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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.

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