Guns played a role in three of the most read stories on Evanston Now in September. And Evanston lost its longest-serving mayor.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories for the month:

  1. Three shot at Custer and Howard — Sept. 20 — Evanston police and fire units responded to Howard and Custer just before 3 p.m. this afternoon where three people were struck by gunshots.
  2. Former Evanston mayor Lorraine Morton dies — Sept. 9 — Former Evanston mayor Lorraine Morton died Saturday evening, three months short of what would have been her 100th birthday.
  3. Man’s body found on lakefront — Sept. 19 — Evanston police say the body of a 54-year-old Skokie man was found along rocks on Lake Michigan shoreline shortly before noon today.
  4. NU PhD student shot to death in Rogers Park — Sept. 3 — A 25-year-old Arizona man died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston Sunday night after he was caught in crossfire in the 7500 block of North Clark Street in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
  5. A mysterious transformation at ETHS — Sept. 16 — At a recent District 202 School Board meeting, the agenda item called for a report on “The Year of the Black Male,” but it turned out to be a preview of what could become a dramatic shift in the way they “do schooling” at Evanston Township High School.
  6. Evanston the talk of Nantucket? — Sept. 7 — Evanston may be the talk of Nantucket, Massachusetts, this week. Why, you ask? It’s because the play “Evanston Salt Costs Climbing” is having its world premiere at the White Heron Theatre on Nantucket Island.
  7. Work to start this fall on two downtown high rises — Sept. 24 — Work is scheduled to start this fall on two high-rise developments located just a block apart in downtown Evanston.
  8. Landmark status sought for architect’s home — Sept. 10 — The Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a request to designate as an Evanston landmark the home the late architect George Schipporeit designed for himself.
  9. Design Evanston sets tour of mystery buildings — Sept. 2 — Design Evanston will host tours later this month of two curious buildings located just a block apart that members of the public have rarely ever been inside.
  10. Food beat: ‘Thank you’ for chicken — Sept. 4 — 10Q Chicken starts its second week of operation today at 816 Church St. in downtown Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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