January’s news in Evanston was dominated by the release of video of a controversial police stop on Ridge Avenue, but local reaction to the national debate over illegal immigrants and word of the pending closing of a supermarket also were among the most-read stories.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10.


  1. Police release video of arrest that led to suit — Jan. 11 — Evanston police this evening released video and audio recordings from an incident in which police, responding to a 911 call about a stolen car, ended up pulling over the car’s owner — and the confrontation that followed.
  2. Mayor recaps Crosby case chronology — Jan. 24 — Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has provided a chronology of developments in the case of a Northwestern University graduate student, Lawrence Crosby. In October 2015, Crosby was tackled by police who believed he’d stolen a car that turned out to be his own.
  3. ETHS vows to protect undocumented students — Jan, 18 — In a landmark decision, the Evanston Township High School Board of Education became one of the first in the nation, and possibly the first in Illinois, to promise protection for its students from unlawful incursions by immigration officials.
  4. South Evanston Whole Foods to close — Jan. 14 — Whole Foods plans to close its south Evanston store at Chicago Avenue and Greenleaf Street in March.
  5. Three hospitalized after crash on Sheridan — Jan. 21 — Evanston police say three Chicago men were seriously injured when their car was involved in a single-vehicle accident early this morning in the 300 block of Sheridan Road.
  6. Shots fired on Ridge, gun recovered on Chicago — Jan. 15 —  Evanston police say officers completing a traffic stop in the area of Brummel Street and Ridge Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday heard multiple shots fired in the area.
  7. What should you do during a traffic stop? — Jan. 13 — Comments Evanston Now readers have submitted following Wednesday’s release of the video of the traffic stop of a Northwestern University student who police believed had stolen a car indicate a lot of confusion about what a driver should do when pulled over by police.
  8. NU basketball player dies — Jan. 9 — School officials have announced that Jordan Hankins, a guard on the Northwestern University women’s basketball team, died this afternoon.
  9. ETHS students walk out to protest Trump — Jan. 24 — A group of Evanston Township High School students, estimated by school officials at about 600 strong, conducted their own political science experiment today by staging a march from the school to Fountain Square to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.
  10. Cubs trophy to visit Evanston Sunday — Jan. 18 — The Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy is scheduled to be on display at the Evanston Civic Center this Sunday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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