The storms that swept through Evanston Wednesday afternoon found a welcome audience in the grass and bushes that grace homeowner lawns throughout the city.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said rainfall  at the water plant totaled 2.06 inches yesterday.

It was the first significant rain since April 29 and 30, he added.

Scattered showers are predicted for the Chicago metropolitan area practically every day for the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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