A severe storm that toppled trees across northwest Evanston led to the most read story on Evanston Now in June but political storms over a controversial librarian and raising the minimum wage also were among the month’s top stories.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10:
- Storm takes out trees, floods streets — June 14 — A heavy thunderstorm knocked down many trees, especially in northwest Evanston, and flooded some streets in town late this afternoon.
- Two charged in supermarket robbery — June 21 — A Chicago man has been charged with armed robbery and a Chicago woman with retail theft after an incident at the Jewel supermarket on Chicago Avenue in Evanston Monday afternoon.
- Facebook post may get librarian fired — June 2 — Can you disparage your employer on social media and keep your job? An Evanston Public Library librarian will soon learn the answer to that question.
- Council to vote on minimum wage hike override — June 29 — Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty has called a special City Council meeting for 10 a.m. Friday to consider a measure that would block a July 1 increase in the minimum wage approved by the county board.
- Typical property tax bill to rise 19 percent — June 13 — The property tax bill for a typical Evanston homeowner will increase by about 19 percent when second installment tax bills are issued later this summer.
- ‘Double-taxed’ Evanstonians want out of Skokie district — June 20 — There’s a small piece of Evanston that lies in the Skokie Park District, and a group of residents there is petitioning to get out.
- Man plans challenge to Evanston drone ordinance — June 24 — A South Elgin man is threatening to file suit against the City of Evanston if aldermen Monday approve an ordinance restricting the recreational use of drones in town.
- Viewpoint: Censorship at the library — June 5 — On Friday June 2, the Evanston Public Library held a hearing that may lead to the firing of librarian Lesley Williams this week.
- Albion submits plans for project on Sherman — June 16 — Albion Residential submitted formal plans to the city this week for its proposed 16-story rental residential development on Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston.
- Retired Evanston fire chief dies — June 16 — Retired Evanston Fire Chief Sanders Hicks died this afternoon.