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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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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