A major fire at the North Shore Towing yard on Oakton Street sent black smoke pouring over Evanston this afternoon.

The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. and, despite problems getting sufficient water on the blaze, the black smoke had shifted to a light grey color by about 3:30.

Fire officials asked the city's utility's department to raise water pressure in the southwest area of the city to help increase the supply available to fight the fire.

Post date: August 31, 2014 - 3:26pm

An Evanston fire truck collided with a sport utility vehicle at Ridge Avenue and Central Street this morning.

Post date: August 31, 2014 - 11:37am

Wednesday, September 3, 7 pm, 1st Floor Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Don't miss two talented authors as they read from their debut novels. Marian Szczepanski will share her book Playing St Barbara, and Ruth Chatlien will read from her novel The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte. Both authors will take questions, and copies of both books will be available for purchase.

Post date: August 30, 2014 - 10:59am

Evanston’s football team had Proviso West on the ropes for three quarters of Friday’s season opener in Hillside.

But the Wildkits couldn’t deliver the knockout blow and the Panthers pushed across two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 13-7 victory.

Chance Haney scored both Proviso touchdowns in the fourth quarter --- on runs of 11 and 15 yards --- and led the Panthers with 22 carries for 110 yards overall.

Post date: August 30, 2014 - 6:10am

Burglars broke down the door of a garage at a home in the 1500 block of Dewey Avenue and stole a lawn mower inside. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 4:46pm

A multi-year project for reconstructing Sheridan Road as it winds through Evanston is nearing its final phase, with work expected to begin next year on the portion from the Northwestern University curve at Chicago Avenue to the northern edge of the city at Isabella Street.

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 4:07pm

Thanks to grants from the Evanston Community Foundation and Foundation 65, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system has met its goal of $10,000 for students in need of financial help to obtain their school supplies for the year that began this week.

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 2:56pm

The Heartwood Center has closed on the purchase of two properties just east of its Dempster St. headquarters.

The planned transaction was first reported by Evanston Now last month.

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 2:40pm

Organizers of next months' Evanston Green Living Festival say they hope to use the event to encourage action toward meeting the city's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2016.

The eighth annual festival is co-presented by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. 

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 2:08pm

Veteran Evanston swim coach Kevin Auger knows just how difficult it is to score points at the Illinois High School Association girls state finals, because the state of Illinois makes a splash every year as one of the fastest and deepest states in the entire nation.

But enough is enough. Auger’s 2014 squad is determined to end a scoreless drought of two years at the state finals and, depending on the competition, has the talent to score a breakthrough at the two-day meet.

Post date: August 29, 2014 - 6:05am