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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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