Evanston Now readers faced a raft of bad news last month — two homicides, a lakefront drowning, the closing of a long-time restaurant and a potential threat to the future of commuter rail service.

Here’s a rundown of the stories readers read most:

  1. Judge says railroad can drop Evanston commuter service — Sept. 24 — It’s the latest twist in a dispute between Union Pacific and Metra about who should operate the trains — and at what cost.
  2. Man shot to death in home on Dodge — Sept. 5 — Victim was a man in his early 20s. Police say several suspects fled the scene. (Police later charged a suspect in the case.)
  3. Long-time Evanston restaurant to close next month — Sept. 15 — Prairie Joe’s owner says he needs more family time.
  4. One dead, one hospitalized after violence on Wesley — Sept. 26 — Shooting victim — from Naperville — has died. Stabbing victim — from Chicago — is hospitalized.
  5. Body of missing swimmer recovered — Sept. 18 — 20-year-old man’s body was located by firefighters some eight hours after he’d gone missing in heavy waves near the Church Street boat ramp.
  6. D65 union blasts ‘toxic work environment’ in schools — Sept. 27 — Union says teachers face an increasing workload and haven’t been included in meetings of the medical advisory board helping set pandemic-related policies.
  7. Developer bullish on future of downtown Evanston — Sept. 1 — Optimistic about finding tenants for the vacant spaces in Church Street Plaza.
  8. Neighbors review plans for high-tech office building — Sept. 15 — Developer says there is high demand for the lab space the building would provide for emerging companies.
  9. Burglars force way into 2 restaurants on Main — Sept. 7 — They hit Reprise Coffee Roasters Friday night, and Trattoria DOC Restaurant Sunday night.
  10. Three rescued from Lake Michigan — Sept. 18 — Evanston fire crews report rescuing three people from Lake Michigan off Clark Street beach early Saturday afternoon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.