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Violence and sickness, but some signs of hope

A youth shot to death, protest violence, pandemic suffering -- all among November's top stories. But troubled times also brought out a large field of candidates for local office.

A still frame from a police body camera video that Evanston officials say shows protesters throwing fireworks at police during a defund police demonstration on Halloween.

A youth shot to death, protest violence, pandemic suffering — all among November’s top stories. But troubled times also brought out a large field of candidates for local office, and a plan to address affordable housing needs advanced.

Here’s a rundown of the month’s top 10 most-read stories on Evanston Now:

  1. Former ETHS basketball player shot to death — Nov. 10 — Former Evanston Township High School basketball player Ryan Bost died Monday, reportedly the victim of a shooting incident in Chicago.
  2. Violence flares at anti-police protest — Nov. 1 — Violence broke out shortly before midnight Saturday as demonstrators demanding abolition of Northwestern University’s police force marched through downtown Evanston.
  3. Evanston Place apartments are on the market — Nov. 10 — The Evanston Place apartment complex at 1715 Chicago Ave. is on the market for the first time in 23 years.
  4. NU: All students to return to campus next quarter — Nov. 20 — Despite COVID-19 case numbers spiking across Illinois, and despite the state moving backwards into more restrictions on businesses, Northwestern University has repeated its plan to bring all students back to campus when Winter quarter begins in mid-January.
  5. Suspect in custody after shooting incident — Nov. 10 — Evanston police say they took a suspect in a barricaded gunman situation on Dodge Avenue into custody without incident shortly after 2:30 this afternoon.
  6. Community rallies around restaurant closed by COVID — Nov. 5 — When an employee of La Principal Mexican restaurant went to the doctor late last week, it seemed routine.
  7. Filings set contests for mayor, clerk, five wards — Nov. 16 — Eighteen people submitted nominating papers to run for Evanston city offices next spring in the first hour for filing this morning. (The municipal election field later grew, setting up a mayoral primary and in all, 28 candidates filed to run for city offices.)
  8. COVID cases soar across Illinois and here in Evanston — Nov. 12 — City recommends having no guests for Thanksgiving dinner this year as Evanston’s COVID case count hits a pandemic record.
  9. Gunshots hit house, car on Lee — Nov. 9 — Evanston police say someone fired several shot near the intersection of Asbury Avenue and Lee Street around 8 p.m. Sunday.
  10. Tiny homes plan advances — Nov. 12 — A proposal to permit micro dwelling units in Evanston won approval from the Zoning Committee of the Plan Commission Wednesday night.

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