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In Memoriam: Farmhouse Evanston

Back in high school, I spent many summers playing travel baseball tournaments across the dewy plains of the Chicago land area.

After boiling on turf for multiple hours in the 90-plus-degree heat during each game, I was reasonably famished. My parents and I often needed something to eat, and Farmhouse Evanston — attached to the Hilton Orrington/Evanston — fit the bill one time.

I was dehydrated and low on electrolytes, and Farmhouse Evanston’s salty and light Wisconsin Cheese Curds became my ow

The Daily Explains: What is a Payment in Lieu of Tax program?

At its next meeting Monday, City Council will decide whether to create a committee to explore the potential implementation of Payment in Lieu of Tax — or PILOT — programs in Evanston.

PILOT programs allow nonprofit institutions that are exempt from property taxes to pay agreed-upon sums to the municipalities they operate in. Contributed funds are often meant to offset revenue the municipality loses due to institutions’ tax-exempt status. Programs intend to ease the tax burdens on residents.


ASG leaders, NU administrators detail efforts to reform SOFO

Registered student organizations at Northwestern store their groups’ financial funds with the Student Organization Finance Office, also known as SOFO.

But, several students and administrators have criticized the current SOFO transaction model as being “inaccessible” and out of date due to its paper-based process, increasing workloads for student organization leaders.

To access funds greater than or equal to $50, student groups must collect signatures from multiple individuals, including the gr

Advocates Call for Overhaul of Program to Help Military Personnel Move into Civilian Jobs

For decades, service members have trudged into offices for presentations on potential careers after they separate from the military as part of the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. It's a rite of passage that was meant to help combat what have been stubbornly high unemployment rates for veterans.

But many veterans and their advocates are frustrated with the program, viewing it as insufficient to help transitioning troops and inadequately supported by commanders who often see it as a box-ch

Lawmakers consider legislation to protect political dissenters abroad amid increased attacks on independent media, journalists worldwide

Amid rising levels of transnational repression, media mogul and pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai was arrested by the Hong Kong Police in 2020 on “foreign collusion” and fraud charges. He now awaits trial later this month and faces a potential life sentence for allegedly violating Hong Kong’s national security law. (Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — With violence and threats against journalists increasing worldwide, senators on Wednesday heard from pro-democracy advocates who called for increased U

Military veteran entrepreneurs, startup owners call for increased financial support from federal, local business associations

WASHINGTON — Veterans’ advocates on Wednesday expressed wide support for a recently introduced piece of legislation that aims to reduce fees for military veterans starting small businesses.

At a Wednesday Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing, witnesses — including military veteran small-business owners — cited access to capital as a key barrier for former service members looking to build their own businesses.

According to a report by the Institute for Veterans and Milit

The Not-So-Secret Fund That's Bolstering Ukraine Military Aid: the Presidential Drawdown Authority

With a government shutdown looking increasingly likely, Congress has yet to offer up a new funding package to aid Ukraine in its ongoing war against Russia as new House speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) has insisted on separating Ukraine aid from a package requested by President Joe Biden meant to help that country and Israel.

However, the Biden administration has been able to continue supplying Ukraine with weapons and munitions even without new aid through a lesser-known executive power calle

Veterans tell policymakers military transition programs ‘miss the mark’ and provide support too late

WASHINGTON — Military veterans who owned small businesses told policymakers on Tuesday that shortcomings in government efforts to aid those transitioning out of the military are making it more difficult for service members to build their own businesses after leaving active duty.

At Tuesday’s House Veterans’ Affairs hearing, veteran Chris Maynor said information was not readily available through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) when he was trying to build his own business, a men’s clothin

Blinken, Austin call on Congress to pass ‘urgent’ $106 billion aid package with funding for Israel and Ukraine

During a Senate hearing Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the White House’s official stance in opposition to a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas War.(U.S. Department of State)

WASHINGTON — With the House considering a funding package for just Israel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged senators on Tuesday to pass an “urgent” $106 billion supplemental aid package that also provides financial and military support for Ukraine.

Blinken’s openi

Congressional panel told harsher sanctions against Iran needed

FILE: The Capitol on the day of the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Gabrielle Bienasz/MNS)

WASHINGTON — Policy advisers and fellows from non-government organizations pressed members of Congress on Wednesday to impose and enforce harsh sanctions on Iran after Hamas‘ surprise attack on Israel earlier this month.

The State Department says Iran has provided Hamas with up to $100 million annually. Witnesses at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing Wednesday said the militant

State Department official defends Biden administration’s diplomatic response to Niger coup

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary of State of African Affairs Molly Phee defended the State Department’s response to the July coup in Niger, pushing back on assertions from senators that the Biden administration hasn’t been forceful enough in condemning the West African nation’s new government.

The Biden administration has yet to impose formal financial sanctions on Niger, which saw its democratically elected president overthrown by military officers in late July. Instead, the State Department a

Veterans’ Advocates Call on Congress to Improve Transition Services for Those Leaving Active Military Duty

WASHINGTON — Veteran advocates on Wednesday warned senators that a majority of the more than 200,000 armed service members who leave the military each year may be largely unaware of mandatory government services intended to provide them with educational, mental health and career benefits.

Witnesses at the hearing — a rare joint committee session of the Senate’s Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees — criticized the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, which aims to help service memb

House Republicans fail to elect Jordan to speakership on first vote

Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) presides over the House floor. Jim Jordan failed to earn a majority of votes during Tuesday’s first Speaker vote. (C-SPAN)

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday failed to elect their designated choice for speaker, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), marking the start of what is expected to be another prolonged and divisive speaker election process.

Among House Republicans present during the vote, 20 voted against Jordan and named alternative candidat

Foreign policy experts warily watch Poland’s parliamentary elections

Poland’s former Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Tusk is the leader of the center-right Civic Coalition, the opposition party in this year’s election cycle. (Silar/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — Poland’s coming elections this weekend could push the country further to the right and away from the interests of America’s Western European allies, foreign policy experts said on Thursday.

The Law and Justice party, or PiS, has governed Poland’s parliament since 2015 and is attempting to win an unprecedent

Supreme Court takes to high seas in a case over denied insurance claim for damaged yacht

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up a rare case involving maritime law that could increase state or policyholder power over the federal law that historically governs maritime disputes.

Maritime insurance contracts are governed by federal admiralty law, which authorizes the federal judiciary to decide the law for maritime contracts. But the Supreme Court has relied on state laws when there has been no federal statute or precedent.

The case, Great Lakes Insurance SE v. Raiders Retr

Biden administration says it’s ‘complying by law’ in decision to allow border wall construction in Texas

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration is “complying by law” in its decision to waive 26 federal laws in South Texas to allow construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall to commence.

The move — which was announced Wednesday — is a policy reversal for President Joe Biden, who said during his 2020 campaign that he would “not build another foot of wall as president.”

In Thursday’s daily press briefing, Jean-Pierre suggested the administration had

Defense officials defend decision to keep Space Command in Colorado

WASHINGTON — House Armed Services Committee members grilled Department of Defense officials in a Thursday morning hearing on President Joe Biden’s decision to keep the U.S. Space Command headquarters in Colorado, a move that some Republicans criticized as an act of “political manipulation.”

In early 2021, after a multiyear review process and a meeting with former President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Air Force named Huntsville, Ala., as its top choice for Command headquarters. However, the Biden

Community advocates celebrate direct cash payment reparations option but push for more funding

According to Sebastian Nalls, a member of Evanston Rejects Racist Reparations, the direct cash payment option will provide more flexibility for recipients to spend money from the program as they desire. But he said work remains to be done.

In March, City Council approved a direct cash payment option for all recipients of the city’s reparations program, following years of community advocacy for the option.

However, many local activists still feel the Restorative Housing Program currently does n

Screaming for Ice Cream? The Midwest Has You Covered

There is no better way to beat the heat of a summer day than with a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream — potentially topped with confetti sprinkles, or perhaps a chocolate drizzle. You could get it on a waffle cone, or if that’s not your thing, you could go for a melty milkshake or some creamy custard.

But what do these sweet treats all have in common? Their histories are deeply rooted in the heart of America — and today the Midwest remains a primary producer of all things dairy.

Self-described i

Schill, NU administrators talk collegiate athletics at Faculty Assembly

The Arch. At Monday’s webinar, University President Michael Schill updated NU faculty regarding the University’s plans to rebuild Ryan Field.

University President Michael Schill and administrators involved in athletics at Northwestern discussed name, image and likeness policy; recent shifts in the college athletics landscape and the Rebuild Ryan Field project during Monday’s Faculty Assembly meeting.

Faculty Senate President and Medill Prof. Ceci Rodgers moderated the webinar. Rodgers asked Sc

Northwestern’s Project MED wins inaugural ThinkChicago IMPACT competition

Five members of Project MED represent the group at ThinkChicago Impact 2023, including Weinberg senior Irene Quan and McCormick junior Aru Singh.

Last summer, Project MED — a Northwestern student group aiming to prepare and educate high school students from underrepresented backgrounds for careers in health care — took home the top award at the inaugural U7+ Alliance of World Universities Student Challenge.

In February, lightning struck twice for the group, as it won first prize at another new

Illinois General Assembly introduces bill to ease access to health care benefits, limit barriers to care

House Bill 2719 would require that hospitals screen each uninsured patient for eligibility in state and federal health insurance programs, financial assistance programs hospitals offer or any other public programs that could limit a person’s health care costs.

A 2021 study by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services found that more than 900,000 Illinois residents are living without health insurance — and about a third of them qualify for Medicaid but are not enrolled.

But, a b

Q&A: NU alum Carine Kanimba, daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, discusses efforts to free father from Rwandan imprisonment

Carine Kanimba’s father, Paul Rusesabagina, was kidnapped by the Rwandan government in 2020. Since then, Kanimba and her family have campaigned for the release of Rusesabagina.

Carine Kanimba (School of Professional Studies ’16) has been leading a campaign to free her father, Paul Rusesabagina, from the Rwandan government for more than two years.

A Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Rusesabagina was the inspiration for the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda” for his efforts to shelter more than 1,2

Students and faculty address lack of racial diversity in Northwestern theatre, discuss potential solutions to challenges

Some students and faculty address the overwhelmingly white makeup of Northwestern theatre, and the challenges this can present for nonwhite artists both on and off the stage.

Communication junior Alondra Rios was worried about the audition process for Arts Alliance at Northwestern University’s production of “In the Heights.”

As the production’s director, she feared the cast might not reflect the diverse perspectives required for the show, which explores the lives of multiple characters residin
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