Controversy dogged city clerk last month

Devon Reid.

Stories regarding the conduct of Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid took three of the top 10 spots among the ones Evanston Now readers read most in July. Meanwhile, a school principal left abruptly and the city manager interviewed for an out-of-state job.

Here's a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Principal leaves Walker -- July 19 -- Evanston School District 65 officials have notified parents that Ginger Lumpkin will not be returning as principal of Walker Elementary School in the fall.
  2. Clerk arrested on failure to appear warrant -- July 19 -- Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid was arrested at the Evanston police station Wednesday morning on a warrant issued by Illinois State Police alleging he failed to appear in Will County Circuit Court.
  3. Mayor seeks to have Council censure city clerk -- July 12 -- Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty will ask the City Council Monday to censure City Clerk Devon Reid for allegedly harassing city employees and violating the Open Meetings Act and Council rules.
  4. Council to vote on Lincoln Street beach deal with NU -- July 5 -- Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote Monday on a 10-year agreement with Northwestern University that will have the school pay most costs of operating Lincoln Street beach.
  5. City: Reid behavior anti-union, misogynist, illegal -- July 16 -- A leaked document purporting to be the packet for a City Council executive session says City Clerk Devon Reid intimidated a clerk's office employee over the worker's desire to join a city union.
  6. Independence Day festivities in Evanston -- July 1 -- The Evanston Fourth of July Association will sponsor playground activities, a parade, fireworks and more on Independence Day, this Thursday, July 4.
  7. Bobkiewicz meets residents of Washington town -- July 26 -- Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz was one of two finalists for the position of city administrator in Issaquah, Washington, who met with residents there at a informal public forum Thursday evening.
  8. Mayor: Sorry, kids, no plans for city pool -- July 10 -- With temperatures soaring to 95 degrees today, Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty had some disappointing news for kids.
  9. Where are the most street-cleaning tickets issued? -- July 21 -- The City of Evanston issued nearly 10,000 tickets for street-cleaning parking violations during the second quarter of this year, heavily concentrated on high-density residential streets on the east side of town.
  10. City plans to tax thousands of home-based businesses -- July 2 -- About 2,500 owners of home-based businesses would have to register with the City of Evanston and pay an annual fee under a new regulatory scheme being proposed by city staff.

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