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Tall tower and hot politics made news in March

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The introduction of plans for what would be Evanston’s tallest building competed with campaign news — including a disavowed endorsement — for our readers’ attention in March.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Drug, gun charges follow raid on Pitner — March 4 — One man faces a felony drug charge and another a felony gun charge after a police search of a home in the 1400 block of Pitner Avenue in Evanston.
  2. Miller loses on media ‘racism’ claim — March 14 — Evanston Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, failed to win support from any other City Council members Monday in an effort to deny payment for a city ad campaign on Evanston Now over Miller’s claim the site is racist.
  3. Davis tower would be city’s tallest — March 8 — Developers unveiled plans for what would be Evanston’s tallest building Monday night at a community meeting at the downtown public library.
  4. Long-time city employee dies — March 18 — Richard W. Zarski, 60, a long-time employee at Evanston’s Crown Recreation Center, died at Evanston Hospital on Sunday, March 12.
  5. Broad support, big money keys to Hagerty win — March 1 — Mayoral candidate and local businessman Steve Hagerty managed to put together a bigger base of supporters as well as far outspend his opponents to finish first in Tuesday’s Evanston mayoral primary.
  6. Hagerty repudiates group’s endorsement — March 24 — Evanston mayoral candidate Steve Hagerty this afternoon took the unusual step of repudiating the endorsement of a group that had announced it’s backing him.
  7. NU student seriously hurt in traffic accident — March 1 — Evanston police say a 26-year-old female Northwestern University student was seriously injured about 3:10 this afternoon when she was struck by a car as she crossed Clark Street downtown.
  8. When a story calls Evanston the ‘worst’ … — March 7 — On primary election day last week a non-profit advocacy group called Injustice Watch posted a story on its website that labeled Evanston as having the “worst” record in the nation for searches following police traffic stops.
  9. Cash, checks piled up at city collector’s office — March 27 — A former Evanston city employee says he found more than a month’s worth of undeposited funds sitting in the city collector’s office one Saturday last March.
  10. Upstairs Cafe at Central Street Metra may close — March 29 — Customers at the Upstairs Café at Evanston’s Central Street Metra station have launched an email and telephone campaign to persuade Union Pacific Railroad to let them stay in business.

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