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Council: Expunge juvenile records Aldermen vote Monday to approve ordinance By SAMANTHA HANDLER
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Aldermen voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that allows for the automatic expungement of juvenile criminal records at Monday’s City Council meeting. The ordinance requires the city to automatically expunge law enforcement records if the events occurred before the individual’s 18th birthday, one year has passed since the date of the arrest, no petition for delinquency or criminal charges were filed and six months have passed without an additional arrest. A second, companion city ordinance would codify and incorporate requirements from the state law into Evanston Municipal Code. Since the ordinance passed, Ald. Cicely Fleming (9th) said she wants to ensure the Evanston Police Department communicates that the new ordinances exist and informs the public in how to utilize them.
“The public will be very excited to know that this is now something that we’re doing,” Fleming said, “and then also to be able to understand the steps that they need to take if by chance their juveniles are involved with the police.” The amendment to the city code comes after a request from the Alternatives to Arrest committee, chaired by Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), to incorporate the Illinois Juvenile Court Act into the municipal code. The act was previously amended in August 2017 to provide additional privacy protection to juveniles who had been arrested and prevent law enforcement from disclosing records of minors who committed ordinance violations. The amendments also allow for juvenile records to be expunged automatically, without a petition by the individual. Evanston complies with the act and has administrative procedures in place to execute the requirements, according to city documents. The new ordinance works with the act by also clearing juvenile administrative hearing records in addition to law enforcement records. » See RECORDS, page 6
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International studies Prof. Ian Kelly (left) discusses Russian-Georgian relations with Georgian Ambassador David Bakradze. The two spoke in Harris Hall on Monday.
Ambassador talks Russia, NATO
David Bakradze discusses Georgia’s challenges post-independence By ELIZABETH BYRNE
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David Bakradz e, the Georgian ambassador to the United States, discussed
Georgian-Russian relations and Georgia’s efforts to join NATO and the European Union at a Monday event in Harris Hall. Bakradze spoke to about 80 students and administrators on a panel alongside Ian
Kelly, a former U.S. ambassador and current international studies lecturer. The event, which was the 2018 Barry Farrell Lecture, was co-sponsored by the political science department and Slavic department. U.S. Sen.
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) sent a video lecture to participate in the event, and political science Prof. Jordan Gans-Morse moderated the discussion and the subsequent » See AMBASSADOR, page 6
Biss endorses Pritzker for governor Alum approved to After initial reluctance, Biss fully backs former primary opponent By SYD STONE
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State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) is now “all in” for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker after losing to him by just under 20 points in the March primary. Biss emphasized Pritzker’s prioritization of a progressive income tax and campaign finance reform as a few of the reasons for his endorsement. “Since the primary, JB Pritzker and I have had a series of productive discussions about the future of the State of Illinois,” Biss said in a statement. “I’m thrilled with his relentless focus on a progressive income tax as the right way to fix our budget without burdening the middle class or the poor, and I’m pleased that he’s committed to fight for campaign finance reform so our political system is accountable to everyone.” In a statement, Pritzker said he was “excited” to have Biss’ support. “Democrats are united and
federal court seat Senators vote to confirm nominee Michael Brennan By JONAH DYLAN
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J.B. Pritzker and state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston). Biss announced Monday he is formally endorsing Pritzker for governor.
we will win big in November so we can put Springfield back on the side of working families and move Illinois forward,” he said.
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Even though it’s been two months since Biss lost to Pritzker, he’s been reluctant to give full support to the billionaire, saying he still had
some questions about how Pritzker would tackle campaign finance reform, among » See ENDORSEMENT, page 6
Lawyer and Northwestern alumnus Michael Brennan (School of Law ’89) was confirmed for a seat on the 7th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals on Thursday after a controversial confirmation process. Brennan was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump in August, and his nomination was advanced to the full Senate after a narrow vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. Brennan could not immediately be reached for comment, and a Pritzker School of Law spokesperson said the school could not comment on Brennan’s confirmation. The process had quickly proved contentious, in part due to the “blue slip” tradition of the Judiciary Committee. In
a century-old protocol, each senator from a judicial nominee’s home state receives blue slips that allow them to either express or withhold approval for the nomination. Though the “blue slip” tradition is not a formal rule, the precedent has traditionally been that if both blue slips are not returned with approval for the nominee, there would be no hearing. In Brennan’s case, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) approved Brennan with his blue slip, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) withheld her approval. However, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), with the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), decided to give Brennan a hearing. On May 8, Baldwin asked senators to oppose Brennan’s confirmation. “Today, respect for the timehonored blue slip comes to an end,” she said on the Senate floor. “I urge my colleagues to recognize that while today’s action disrespects my role as the junior senator from Wisconsin, » See BRENNAN, page 6
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Red Hot Chilli Pepper hosts ribbon cutting event By SYD STONE
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The owner of Red Hot Chilli Pepper hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate a new Indo-Chinese restaurant that opened several months ago in downtown Evanston. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Evanston mayor Steve Hagerty attended the ceremony, where guests were served a buffet lunch and watched a dance performance by Northwestern Bhangra. The restaurant, 500 Davis St., is owner Ramakant Kharel’s second restaurant in the city, and he said it is the city’s first Indo-Chinese restaurant. He also owns Mt. Everest Restaurant, 630 Church St. “Evanston is (a) very diverse market,” he said in May 2016 after receiving committee approval to open the restaurant. “The clientele are very educated and would like to try something exciting, new. And this kind of cuisine never been introduced … I think it will be a very successful concept and my current customers are excited, positive and supportive.” Hagerty said his family “likes the color red, they like hot, they like chili and they like peppers,” so they will be eating at the new restaurant. Schakowsky said Monday she wanted to attend the restaurant’s ribbon cutting because she appreciates all that Kharel does for the Evanston community. “When there are disasters around the world,
POLICE BLOTTER Man arrested for disobeying police order
A 40-year-old Chicago man was arrested early Monday morning in connection with disobeying police orders. Police were patrolling near the 700 block of Forest Avenue when they saw a person walking north of a vehicle with its interior lights on, Evanston police
when people need help, (he’s there),” she said. “He’s also just such a treasure for our community and for the world community.” Evanston’s economic development manager Paul Zalmezak attended the ceremony and said after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Kharel hosted a fundraiser at Mt. Everest Restaurant. “He just gives to the community,” Zalmezak said, adding that Kharel has always been a “big supporter” of Evanston. Kharel said he appreciates all of the “love” the Evanston community has shown to him and his businesses over the years. Hagerty said he and his family frequents Mt. Everest and that he is “so proud” of Kharel for opening his second restaurant in Evanston. “Thank you so much for making the investment that you’re making in Evanston,” Hagerty said to Kharel at the event. “The city is working hard to make investments.” Zalmezak said Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s location on the east end of Davis Street is “a little quieter,” so he hopes the new restaurant will “bring a little life to it” and add more energy to the end of the block. The addition of Red Hot Chilli Pepper to Evanston is “wonderful,” Schakowsky said. “We see Mt. Everest and how wonderful it is and now we have this wonderful restaurant, so we thank you for your entrepreneurship for making this happen, for making Evanston even better and a little hotter,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. The officers tried to make contact with the man but he ran away and jumped a fence, allegedly trespassing on the property, Glew said. After searching the area, officers found the man in an alley near the intersection of Kedzie Street and Forest Avenue, where the man “continued to ignore verbal commands,” Glew said. The man was charged with disobeying police in a public place upon a given lawful order.
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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Steve Hagerty (left) and Ramakant Kharel (right) cut a ribbon at Red Hot Chilli Pepper, 500 Davis St. At the ceremony, guests were served a buffet lunch and watched a dance performance by Northwestern Bhangra.
Woman charged with assault after argument at gas station
Police arrested a 27-year-old Chicago woman in connection with battery after an argument with another woman at a Marathon gas station, 555 Howard St. On April 17 at about 5 p.m., the 27-year-old woman allegedly pushed a 33-year-old woman after claiming she tried to hit the 27-year-old’s
car, Glew said. The younger woman said she did not push the other. Police did not arrest her at the time because the 33-year-old was deaf and could not explain her side of the story. Following further investigation, police arrested the 27-year-old woman Saturday at about 9:15 a.m. and charged her with battery. — Julia Esparza
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Premiums rise in renewed Aetna deal By ALAN PEREZ
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Northwestern has renewed its contract with Aetna, securing a modest premium increase as insurers prepare to charge more in comparable markets after the repeal of the individual mandate. The University’s student health insurance premium will rise 2.4 percent to a baseline of $3,950, though out-of-network deductibles and the outof-pocket maximum will increase to allow for a moderate rise. Enrollment for the plan will begin next month, with the changes going into effect in August. Assistant vice president for risk management Luke Figora said the decision to renew the contract was made in March. Northwestern chose Aetna because of its Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer familiarity with the University environment, comprehensive mental health coverage and Searle Hall, home to the University Health Service. Northwestern will continue its partnership with Aetna as administrative ease, Figora said. insurance markets prepare for expected premium hikes this fall. “One thing that is important to us is that we’re not just picking an insurance company; we’re concerns about the plan, saying it doesn’t provide coverage was a priority of the review committee. picking an insurance company that understands adequate coverage. “We want to be able to make sure that the student health insurance and the unique aspect Second-year graduate student Zach Angulo, students who purchase the insurance get the best of a place like Northwestern,” said Figora, who a spokesman for NU Graduate Workers — an care that they can,” she said. led the review process of comparing design plans organization formed in the wake of 2016 graduThe concerns with health insurance are part submitted by providers. “We found that Aetna ate student unionization efforts — said the refer- of a broader list that graduate students hope to was the highest quality from that perspective.” ral process for both the required and optional address through unionization efforts. Angulo The renewal comes just months after Congress plans is “cumbersome,” adding that they’re not said NUGW is gathering survey data to create a repealed the individual insurance mandate, a key “worth the price tag.” health care platform to present to the University. provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that “There’s some students who believe that the Northwestern has taken notice of their worsought to level premium costs. Some providers referral process is a barrier to finding coverage ries, as Figora said his office hosted a town hall have already indicated they will charge higher that they need sooner than they actually receive in April to discuss the new insurance plan. But premiums as they file increase requests in prepa- it,” he said. “On the other hand, these students with few changes ultimately made, Angulo said ration for the ACA enrollment period in the fall. find that the referral process is limited in the issues remain. Figora said the University had received calls range of options that are provided after they’re “I found the forum pretty informative, but I from parents who were concerned about volatility already referred … We want adequate cover- think that the forum was insufficient to address in insurance markets, but added that the deci- age that accounts for the diverse experiences of some of the substantial graduate concerns with sion to continue the Aetna partnership has eased graduate students at Northwestern.” the health care plan,” he said. “Being informed these worries. NU secured a relatively reasonable Angulo added that students are concerned is one thing, but receiving necessary coverage for rate as peer institutions struggle to land humble about mental health coverage, though vice pres- the health care problems we have is another.” increases, he said. ident for student affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin, Still, some graduate students have raised who was involved in the final decision, said that email@example.com
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