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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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