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Traffic on Sheridan Road in Evanston near Chicago Avenue was blocked for nearly two hours this morning by a protest by Northwestern University students.

Evanston police say about 60 students blocked the road starting around 9 a.m.

Organizers of the demonstration say they’re protesting the refusal by university trustees to divest from fossil fuel companies.


Update 10:30 a.m.: The protest is still continuing at the intersesction of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue. Police now have blocked off traffic from Sheridan and Clark Street north at least to Library Place.

The student protestors are upset that the board of trustees last month rejected a proposal that would have seen the school divest from the top 100 coal and gas companies.

Protest organizers say the school has about $50 million of its $11 billion endowment invested in those companies.


Udate 10:50 a.m.: The protestors left the intersection around 10:45 a.m. and after marching a couple of blocks through the campus area, the demonstration broke up. Traffic is now being reopened on Sheridan Road.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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