Midday News Links: Former Elmhurst Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Teen Girl

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Mar 20, 2013 6:40PM

  • Former associate pastor Darin Evans, 41, is being held on $300,000 bond for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a period of seven years. Court documents show Evans started the relationship with the girl when she was 16, and the assaults happened in public places, including cemeteries and on church-sponsored youth retreats. [Patch]

  • A Wheaton North High School teacher has been arrested and charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. [Tribune]

  • Classes at Aurora University were closed today after a series of emailed bomb threats. [CBS]

  • It’s going to cost more to park at the Chicago Botanic Garden starting Saturday. Lucky for drivers they’ll get to use the honor system for now. [Sun-Times]

  • Taxpayers are largely kept out of the loop when it comes to how their property taxes are used by tax increment finance (TIF) districts, according to Tom Tresser, co-founder of the Civic Lab. [Progress Illinois]

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allotted $5.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to repair 10 Great Lakes harbors — six in Michigan, three in Indiana and Illinois' Waukegan harbor. [Sun-Times]

  • The Bears have signed defensive end Turk McBride [CBS]