Stormy weather and political storms


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. ‘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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Retired Evanston fire chief dies — June 16 — Retired Evanston Fire Chief Sanders Hicks died this afternoon.

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