The 10 most-read stories in August


Here are the 10 stories most-read by Evanston Now readers last month.

  1. D65 school superintendent resigns – Aug. 12 – Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy today announced he's resigned to pursue consulting opportunities.
  2. Pritzker changes gender identity – Aug. 23 – Col. James N. Pritzker, the very-private billionaire whose Evanston real estate projects have caused local controversy, has reportedly announced he's changed his gender identity.
  3. New view of housing patterns by race – Aug. 16 – A new project mapping 2010 U.S. census data about race provides a colorful image of housing patterns across the nation and here in Evanston.
  4. District 65 names interim school leaders – Aug. 23 – The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board at a brief special meeting this morning appointed Barbara S. Hiller as chief administrative officer for the school year that starts Monday.
  5. Evanston Hospital owner plans layoffs – Aug. 26 – NorthShore University HealthSystem reportedly will layoff one percent of its workforce in what's described as a cost-cutting move to address uncertainty created by the new health care law.
  6. New gun law: What it means – Aug. 12 – Weeks after Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law, Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, and fellow gun control advocates unpacked the controversial bill for Evanston residents Sunday afternoon.
  7. $175K severance for Murphy – Aug. 19 – Evanston/Skokie District 65 will pay resigning Superintendent Hardy Murphy a severance payment of $175,000 as full payment for the remaining two years of his contract.
  8. Board president sends letter to D65 families – Aug. 12 – Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board President Tracy Quattrocki sent a letter to families of District 65 students Monday to advise them of the resignation of Superintendent Hardy Murphy.
  9. Three new tenants at Evanston Plaza – Aug. 22 – A pizza restaurant, a dialysis center and a military recruiting office are new tenants coming to the Evanston Plaza shopping center at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.
  10. School chief comments on his resignation – Aug. 12 – District 65's Communications Director Pat Markham says School Supt. Hardy Murphy isn't available today to comment on his resignation, but she relayed comments he'd made in a conversation with her about his departure.

Top: Barbara Hiller and Mary Brown will lead District 65 schools on an interim basis in the wake of the resignation of Superintendent Hardy Murphy.

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