The big storm that dropped a huge blanket of snow on Evanston topped the news last month. But a sweeping election victory also played into the mix along with news of pandemic-related problems for two major downtown businesses.

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

  1. Evanston digs out from storm — Feb. 16 — The National Weather Services says we’ve now got well over 20 inches of snow on the ground after a major storm blew through Evanston yesterday and overnight.
  2. Storm continues to pose challenges in Evanston — Feb. 19 — Evanston still is digging out from this week’s big snow storm, with streets narrowed by piles of snow and slippery sidewalks making walking challenging.
  3. Biss sweeps mayoral race, incumbents trailing in wards — Feb. 23 — Evanston voters appear to have swept Daniel Biss into the mayor’s office, without having to vote again in the April election.
  4. Foreclosure lawsuit filed against Hilton Orrington — Feb. 26 — A complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court says owners of the Hilton Orrington hotel in Evanston have failed to make mortgage payments since August.
  5. Packages stolen from Evanston homes — Feb. 12 — Thefts occur throughout the area as retail shopping from home increases.
  6. In-person schools finally reopen in District 65 — Feb. 18 — After nearly a year of sitting in front of computer screens at home, public school students in Evanston are finally back in the classroom. At least some of them are.
  7. District 65 looking to redraw school boundaries — Feb. 5 — Staff memo foresees declining enrollments but calls for creation of a new 5th Ward school.
  8. Former leader of PEER Services dies — Feb. 23 — Kate (Catherine Ellen) Mahoney, 61, a former executive director of Evanston-based PEER Services, died on Feb. 17 of mesothelioma.
  9. Operator cancels lease on downtown Evanston theater complex — Feb. 23 — The Cinemark Theater complex in downtown Evanston, which closed along with countless movie theaters nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic, will not be reopening.
  10. Quick OK sought for tiny homes zoning — Feb. 19 — Evanston aldermen on Monday will be asked to introduce and give final approval to zoning changes that would permit creation of tiny homes on small lots in the city.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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