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Evanston Public Library presents results of 2021 “listening sessions” about the library’s future

Evanston Public Library. The library held a series of listening sessions in late 2021 where residents described what they’d like to see for its future. Evanston Public Library presented community suggestions for potential changes to the library Thursday in a Community Shareback event. In a series of “listening sessions” that ran from September to December 2021, Evanston residents provided feedback on their hopes for the library’s future. Nearly 200 residents participated in the sessions, which

U.S. should do more for LGBTQ Afghan refugees, advocacy groups say

WASHINGTON -- The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has increased the threat to LGBTQ Afghans, according to several human rights groups who are urging the Biden administration to act quickly to allow more LGBTQ refugees from the country into the United States. Dire warnings from the advocate groups come after the United States and several other countries worked to evacuate vulnerable Afghans from Kabul after the Biden administration fully withdrew U.S. troops from the country in August.

Supreme Court weighs fetal viability in landmark Mississippi abortion case

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with questions about fetal viability as it tackled a Mississippi abortion law that challenges the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. Conservative justices, particularly Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the newest member of the court, Amy Coney Barrett, pushed Julie Rikelman, a lawyer representing Jackson Women's Health Organization, on the issue during a hearing on the case.

VA is failing survivors of sexual violence, IG and veterans advocates say

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs and advocates from veterans groups Wednesday highlighted systemic failings in how the VA handles military sexual trauma claims. Studies suggest that as many as one in three female U.S. service members are sexually assaulted. Despite the scale of the problem, however, survivors face systemic barriers in getting benefits for military sexual trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder, witnesses told a House Veterans' Aff

Immigration bond hearings violate due process rights, ACLU says

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of federal immigration bond proceedings in Maryland. In Miranda v. Garland, Marvin Dubon Miranda and two other men who had been held by federal immigration authorities in Maryland argue the immigration judge who presided over their bond hearings violated their Fifth Amendment right to due process by requiring them to prove they were not flight risks or dangers to the community or by setting their bond unreasonably high. Attorneys with the ACLU, the ACLU of Maryland and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition representing the men have proposed that the case be a class action for all detained individuals before the immigration court in Baltimore, the only one in Maryland

'Retail redlining' or small-business cost-saver? Lawmakers debate the impact of going cashless

Businesses should not be allowed to refuse to accept cash because it hurts vulnerable populations, Democrats on a House Financial Services subcommittee said Thursday, as Republicans said using cash increases operating costs for small retailers. A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a Texas Democrat and member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, would make it illegal for retailers to refuse to accept cash for in-person payments. The U.S. is increasingly moving away from ca

Castro calls for expanding definition of refugee to include climate migrants

WASHINGTON — People forced to flee their homes because of climate change should be considered refugees by the U.S., Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said Thursday. Speaking at an event hosted by the advocacy group Climate Refugees, Castro said America’s understanding of what a refugee is remains “still stuck somewhere around 1960 or 1975.” According to Citizenship and Immigration Services, to be designated a refugee, a person must face persecution or fear of persecution “due to race, religion, na

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on Texas Abortion Law and Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket”

University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck discusses orders dockets and how they have changed over the years in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 29, 2021. (Courtesy Senate Judiciary Committee) WASHINGTON – Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday defended the Supreme Court’s decision to decline a request to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, saying it was not unusual for the court to use the “shadow docket” to make the ruling w

Evanston residents share thoughts on Northwestern’s Good Neighbor Racial Equity Fund

In July 2020, then-Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty and Northwestern President Morton Schapiro announced a new plan for the University to give back to the community and advance racial equity in Evanston: the Good Neighbor Racial Equity Fund. Through the fund, NU has committed $1 million for fiscal year 2020-21 to support projects to improve racial equity in the community. The fund focuses on four areas: justice and government, neighborhoods and infrastructure, economic opportunity and public health

Last July, former City Clerk Devon Reid implemented a police transparency policy. Almost a year later, the city has yet to follow it.

Last July, Devon Reid, Evanston’s city clerk at the time, announced a policy he claimed would increase police transparency: publishing Evanston Police Department misconduct and use of force records on the city website. In an interview with The Daily, Reid said the policy is important for holding the police accountable and also improving future police behavior. But it has been almost a year since the policy was announced, and no such records have been released. Instead, the policy has been the s

Connections for the Homeless honors participants, volunteers and staff

A yard sign from Connections for the Homeless. Connections hosted a virtual event Tuesday honoring their participants, volunteers and staff. The Evanston homelessness prevention, shelter and housing program Connections for the Homeless held a virtual Milestone Celebration Tuesday honoring the program’s participants, volunteers and staff. Connections is a local non-profit that provides shelter and support for people experiencing homelessness, assists them in finding permanent housing and helps

Citizens’ Network of Protection talks police body camera program

Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew discussed state and local policies on police body cameras at a Tuesday event hosted by Citizens’ Network of Protection. Evanston Police Department’s body-worn camera program was fully implemented in 2018 after a pilot period in 2017, Glew said. 120 Axon body cameras were deployed to the field units in patrol, traffic, problem solving team and the special operations group, according to EPD’s website. In January 2019, EPD expanded the program to include members of

A year after purchase, questions linger around purpose of Evanston’s unused police and fire drone

Evanston Police Department’s aerial fleet is unassuming: a single four-rotor drone, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. While small, the drone makes up the entirety of an Unmanned Aerial System program, jointly operated by Evanston’s police and fire departments. A year after purchase, the drone has not yet been employed in the field. As the departments work to get the program airborne, however, questions of legality remain around some of the drone’s intended uses. The drone’s primary

Latino Union of Chicago demands Evanston construction company pay worker owed wages

Organizers speak at the protest. The Latino Union of Chicago held a protest Thursday to demand Evanston-based construction company Continental Construction pay a worker wages. The Latino Union of Chicago held a protest Thursday in front of the office of Evanston-based construction company Continental Construction, demanding the company pay the wages a day laborer says he is owed. The Latino Union of Chicago is a workers’ center that advocates for non-unionized workers, including day laborers.

Citizen Police Review Commission discusses officer’s alleged racial bias

Evanston Police Chief Demitrous Cook. Cook was present at the meeting and will make the ultimate determination of whether disciplinary action is warranted. The Evanston Citizen Police Review Commission concluded Wednesday that an investigation into an allegation of race-based preferential treatment by an Evanston Police Department officer was insufficient for the second time and returned the case to EPD for further review. The investigation involves a car crash in June 2020. A witness to the i

Discussing potential budget cuts, D65 school board members consider earlier middle school start times

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 Education Center, at 1500 McDaniel Avenue. At a meeting of the district’s Finance Committee, school board members discussed potential budget cuts to address a $1.9 million shortfall in the FY22 budget. In an effort to narrow the district’s budget deficit, the Finance Committee of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 school board discussed changing school start times, laying off staff members and replacing an annual overnight trip with a less expensive day camp.

Mayoral candidate Lori Keenan talks public safety

Mayoral candidate and community activist Lori Keenan. Keenan spoke with the Daily about her public safety platform Lori Keenan said her public safety platform is based on ideas she’s been talking about since before she started her run for mayor. “We could certainly be doing the type of policing that Evanston wants to be doing for much less money, and less aggressively, and less detrimentally to populations that have been over-policed for generations,” Keenan said. As mayor, Keenan said she wo
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