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Plan for Obama visit tops the month’s news

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News of an impending presidential visit to Northwestern University's Evanston campus provided the two most-read stories on Evanston Now in September. Here's a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Military planes land at NU ahead of Obama visit — Sept. 29 — Two U.S. Marine helicopters and two tiltrotor Osprey aircraft landed on Northwestern University's lakefill campus in Evanston early this afternoon drawing a crowd of onlookers.
  2. Street closures planned for Obama visit — Sept. 30 — Several Evanston streets will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in connection with President Obama's visit to the Northwestern University campus.
  3. Downed tree blocks Dempster after heavy storm — Sept. 5 — Heavy wind and rain this afternoon knocked down trees across Evanston — most dramatically completely blocking Dempster Street just west of Asbury Avenue.
  4. Valli unveils shopping center plans — Sept. 10 — Valli Produce officials unveiled some preliminary drawings for a redesign of the Evanston Plaza shopping center this week and said they're scheduled to close on their purchase of the property later this month.
  5. Chicago alderman blames Evanston gangs for fatal shooting — Sept. 2 — Alderman Joe Moore, of Chicago's 49th Ward, says Chicago police have told him Evanston gangs are to blame for a fatal shooting Sunday in Rogers Park.
  6. Police seek to locate missing Evanston man — Sept. 12 — Evanston police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Evanston man whose car was found at O'Hare Airport.
  7. Former funeral home site to see new life — Sept. 12 — The vacant lot on Maple Avenue downtown Evanston that once housed the Donnellan Funeral Home may soon sprout an 11-story mixed use development.
  8. Body found near O'Hare may be that of missing Evanston man — Sept. 15 — A body found near a remote parking lot at O'Hare airport may be that of a missing Evanston man.
  9. Rabbi resigns over pro-Palestinian views — Sept. 4 — Rabbi Brant Rosen, of Evanston's Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, reportedly has resigned because of what he said is long-standing tension over his support for Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.
  10. City backs $1.1 million tax break for play cafe — Sept. 9 — Evanston aldermen Monday night voted to support a request from the owners of the planned Little Beans Cafe play space that would cut $1.1 million from property taxes on the site over the next 12 years.

Top: An image from the president's Google+ page.

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