A man sues police over a beating, a new brew pub opens, elementary schools get a new superintendent and voters decide to abolish the township. Those were among the top stories in Evanston in March.

  • Suspect hospitalized, officer place on leave – March 17 – An Evanston police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department’s professional standards unit investigates an incident that left a theft suspect hospitalized with injuries.
  • Peckish Pig opening March 20 – March 11 – The long-awaited brew pub on Howard Street in Evanston, Peckish Pig, now is scheduled have its grand opening on Thursday, March 20.
  • Goren is D65 pick for its new superintendent – March 27 – After doing a thorough nationwide search for the best person to lead the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system as superintendent, the board picked an Evanston resident, Dr. Paul Goren.
  • Superintendent search is down to 5 – March 10 – The names of five finalists for the position of superintendent of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools were announced Monday night at the end of the school board meeting by Board President Tracy Quattrocki.
  • Bike rider slugs pedestrian – March 28 – Evanston police say a pedestrian who complained about how a bicyclist was riding downtown this morning ended up being hit in the face and threatened with a knife by the man on the bike.
  • Big antiques shop moving to Evanston – March 4 – The owner of Jan’s Antiques says she’s having to scale down the size of her shop in moving to Evanston from Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
  • Renovated hotel to get new nautical name – March 5 – The new owners of Evanston’s North Shore Hotel have come up with a new name for the building that’s now undergoing a substantial rehab project.
  • D65 superintendent finalist withdraws his candidacy – March 23 – Nathan McCann, superintendent of schools in Altar Valley, Ariz., has withdrawn his application for the job of superintendent of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools, as he has accepted another position in Washington State.
  • Suit claims excessive force by Evanston police – March 27 – A Skokie man has filed a federal court suit claiming an Evanston police officer used excessive force when the officer repeatedly hit him in the head with the officer’s gun.
  • Evanston votes to abolish township – March 18 – Evanston voters have chosen by a nearly two-to-one margin to abolish Evanston Township.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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