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Evanston man beaten with bat and crowbar, robbed of $200

Four men beat an Evanston man with a baseball bat and crowbar this week, taking $200 from him, police in the north suburb said today. … Read more ›

CTA replacing 2 viaducts on Purple Line in Evanston

Two century-old train viaducts in Evanston will be replaced this weekend in a move that officials say will increase safety and speed travel times along … Read more ›

The Empress Casino gambling boat makes its way down the Des Plaines River in 1993. (John Smierciak, Chicago Tribune / June 21, 2012)

Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also … Read more ›

A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago on Tuesday. State guidelines say where lifeguards are required, there must be a minimum of one per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water surface area. ( Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2012 )

Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification … Read more ›

Appeals process for Keg’s revoked license stretches on

Almost six months after Evanston officials revoked the liquor license of a popular downtown watering hole that had been accused of repeatedly serving minors, the … Read more ›


Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday

Time will tell if fans will be watching future Major League impact players such as Albert Pujols or Greg Maddux play Tuesday, June 19 in … Read more ›

A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

Stevenson's Patrick O'Connell, left, fires a pass to Tom Imus at the USF shootout in Joliet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Area sophomore basketball teams get a summer workout at USF shootout

The first tipoff was at 8 a.m., and 13 hours later a champion was crowned. And in the middle was nonstop basketball featuring several TribLocal-area … Read more ›

Students peer through the metal bars at Chute Middle School in Evanston. (Phil Velasquez, Tribune photo)

D65 committee recommends bids for removal of bars that students and parents say make their school feel like a jail

The tall metal bars that some Chute Middle School parents and students say make the building feel like a jail could be replaced by a … Read more › 1 comment

City tables Evanston Plaza TIF district until officials can meet with Dominick’s on plans

A decision to create a new tax increment financing district around an ailing shopping center on Evanston’s west side has been postponed until the city … Read more ›