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Top stories: Crime, a crash and COVID

Arrests in a murder case topped the news, but a big donation and an affordable housing vote vied with COVID-19 developments among the month's most-read stories on Evanston Now.

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Arrests in a murder case topped the news, but a big donation and an affordable housing vote vied with COVID-19 developments among the month’s most-read stories on Evanston Now.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Three charged in Evanston homicide — Aug. 10 — Three reputed gang members are being held without bond on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 29-year-old Andrew Williams of Evanston.
  2. Convicted murderer arrested with guns — Aug. 25 — Evanston police say convicted murder Antoine B. Hill is back in the Cook County Jail after detectives making a traffic stop last Thursday found him in a car with weapons, ammunition and suspected narcotics.
  3. City truck hits parked cars on Davis — Aug. 14 — A City of Evanston pickup truck hit three parked cars this evening before ending up on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of Davis Street.
  4. 12 new COVID-19 cases in Evanston, 2,084 statewide — Aug. 7 — Evanston health officials reported 12 new COVID-19 cases today and the state reported 2,084 new cases. Both were the highest daily counts in more than two months.
  5. ETHS Foundation gets record $1.5M gift from alum — Aug 3 — Evanston Township High School students will receive support in and out of the classroom this school year thanks to a $1.5 million gift from Class of 1975 alumnus Henry Engelhardt.
  6. NU tells 1st, 2nd year students to stay home — Aug. 28 — Northwestern University officials late today told first- and second-year undergraduate students to stay home for fall quarter and take all classes remotely.
  7. Affordable housing high-rise wins panel vote — Aug. 12 — Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee voted 7-3 this afternoon to recommend approval of plans for a 16-story mixed-income building at 1900 Sherman Ave.
  8. Local student designs COVID wellness app — Aug. 19 — It started as a summer project. 17-year old Ephriam (“Effie”) Zimmerman, a rising senior at Roycemore School in Evanston, has been designing apps since junior high. He even founded his own company … as a high school freshman.
  9. Man shot by Kenosha police attended ETHS — Aug. 25 — Jacob Blake, the man shot Sunday evening by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was the grandson of a prominent Evanston minister and spent much of his youth here.
  10. Library board votes to close two branches — Aug. 20 — Evanston’s Library Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to permanently close branch libraries on Central Street and Chicago Avenue, saying budget and equity concerns drove the move.

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