Sunday newsletter with a week of news

Good Sunday morning, Evanston!

There was an important, if not always easy, conversation yesterday about who reparations are, why people oppose them, and whether reparations are even a solution. The Second Baptist Church Town Hall on Saturday was guided by the Rev. Dr. Michael CR Nabors and overseen by leaders such as Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste as well as members of the interfaith community, City Council and the Reparations Committee of the city. “A lifetime of work awaits us,” said Robin Rue Simmons, chairman of the Reparations Committee. “Reparations are a complex process and it requires each of us to participate.” Richard Cahan of the Round Table was there to photograph history (Above, Nabors and Simmons Street are flanked by Shorefront Legacy Center founder Dino Robinson and Buddhist teacher Assay Horibe, left, with Fifth Ward Council member Bobby Burns, right). Look for full Gina Castro coverage later today on our website.

Now here’s the news of the week, highlighting what you, our readers, thought were the best stories of the past week (yes, we’re keeping a close eye on which stories get the most views), along with a few other new stories and ones you might have missed.

Don’t miss the round tables Evanston’s Voting Guide for the 2022 General Election. Evanston voters will choose 64 candidates for 36 vacancies, 61 justices for retention and three referendums from three different levels of government. This guide will help you prepare – especially for the judicial vote. Do we have a source for you!

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These two women – Robin Rue Simmons (left), founder and executive director of FirstRepair, and Monique Parsons, president and CEO of McGaw YMCA – were honored at the Chessmen Club gala, powerful, positive and full Last weekend. It was also inspiring, and after the event Street Simmons wrote this essay to describe what it was like to be in a room full of black Evanston leaders.

The 2023 budget proposal is now officially under debate. During his presentation to the city council on Monday Mayor Daniel Biss pushed back, saying he wouldn’t accept it as it is now. But there are still many meetings before the board votes on the final proposal. Between neighborhood meetings and town halls, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. Here is our original take on the proposal. And Clare Kelly, a member of the first ward council, emphasized at her ward meeting what she considers crucial: increased contributions to the police and fire service pension fund.

Margaret Fisher Soffin, 75, died peacefully surrounded by her daughters on October 17 in Switzerland. She had a passion for justice, and among her many positions, she worked at Cabrini Green Legal Aid where she engaged in applications for erasure of records, sealing and clemency.

Do you like the work that the Round Table does? We know we would like to continue to inform you and raise the voices in Evanston. But as an award-winning author and media critic Margaret Sullivan tells us, the survival of community journalism is not certain. Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 for a webinar with her on her latest book, Confidential: Lessons (and worries) from an ink-stained life. This event kicks off our Fall NewsMatch fundraising campaign

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At a special meeting last week, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board unanimously nominated Mya Wilkins as District 65’s Newest Board Member to fill the seat previously held by Anya Tanyavutti.

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Last weekend was the official reopening of the city’s dog beach. Defenders initially feared no one with two or four legs would show up, but less than 20 minutes after opening, more than 40 dogs and their people had gathered to celebrate in the lakeside off-leash space.

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Are you all ready for Halloween? Well if you’re not decorating this year, your neighbors are! So the Round Table asked readers to send in their favourites, which is really a good guide Evanston’s Haunting Halloween Houses. Take the whole family for a drive on a decorating tour this week.

City News

The city has requested to add dedicated pickleball courts. Pickleball versus tennis was brought up at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting as 30 people showed up to lobby for permanent pickleball courts. And pickleball fairness was also an issue.

The Equity and Empowerment Commission strongly supports gender equity in all city ordinances, which could mean a lot of changes to Evanston’s language if the city council agrees. And it’s also recommended several strategies to keep housing affordable, affordable.

The library board is asking for a tax increase of 3.9%. This would be his first increase after three years of stable budgets.

First plans unveiled for an affordable housing site on South Boulevard. The 60-unit, five-story apartment building would be for low- and middle-income households on South Boulevard between Chicago and Hinman Avenues.

Let’s mind our own business. Isabelle Reiniger takes a quick look at nine new businesses in Evanston that are open or opening, including six on the Main-Dempster Mile.

Small homeowners could get cash for COVID-related losses. Evanston landlords who own up to 35 homes and have seen a loss of rental income during the pandemic could soon get financial help.

Betty Meckstroth: 1940-2022. A dear soul as well as an expert on gifted children, co-author of a seminal book on the subject, has died. “Her cup was full and had endless kindness and love to share. She was unlike any other.

Public safety and health

October 20 COVID-19 Update: Evanston and Cook County remain at ‘low’ risk. In Evanston, the seven-day average for new cases was 12.9 on October 19, up from 10.9 the previous week, an increase of 18%.


Last school year, District 65’s per-student spending ranged from $17,681 to $23,838 per school. The average expenditure per student has increased by 39.6% over the past three years.

School Bus Assistants can be increased in District 65. A committee is recommending that the board increase the hourly rate for bus helpers from $13.65 to $15.50, which is more in line with the salary offered by most neighboring school districts.

Art & Life

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Evanston arts council chooses new leaders; The coordinator resigns from his part-time position. The new board chair is Melissa Raman Molitor (above), adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute.

Theater review: “Refuge” is a lyrical and moving story about crossing the border. Theo Ubique’s production is “a moving performance unlikely to be forgotten and surely not to be missed,” writes theater critic Cissy Lacks.

They do it: swarm of mosquitoes, a little whiskey and a sealed deal. Sally McBratney and Francis Jeffrey-Idun met in 2013 as colleagues at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Chicago. The latest love affair is part of the Round Table column, “They do”.

The Art of Making Art: Melanie Deal. Deal is a longtime Evanston collage and mixed media artist. She mainly works with paper and her collages have a very controlled structure and a very creative and playful image.

For Coming Out Day, “Gays and Gospel” celebrates the LGBTQ+ influence on church music. National Coming Out Day on October 11 was marked at Northwestern University with a tribute to the contribution of the LGTBQ+ community to gospel music and the black church.

Hundreds of people rally for abortion rights at a protest in Evanston. More than 200 people turned out last Sunday, many of whom wore pink and carried signs declaring, “Abortion is a right to health,” to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s June reversal of the constitutional right to abortion.

Public place

Letter to the editor: Ryan Field gigs are a drain on NU’s money. “Rather than correcting the disparity between its economic resources and its historically inadequate financial contributions to Evanston, Northwestern wants to change the conversation,” writes 7th Ward resident David DeCarlo. “But Northwestern has shown that its representations should not be taken at face value.”

Letter to the Editor: Election 2022 – vote yes in first preservation referendum. The Evanston League of Women Voters Executive Committee is urging people to vote yes on the Cook County Forest Preserve issue.

Letter to the editor: Election 2022, tick yes for ranked voting. Your Vote Will Matter More is one of the five points highlighted to encourage people to support preferential choice voting.


The ETHS boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams qualify for next week’s sections. The boys team easily advanced a full squad to next week’s Hoffman Estates section. The Wildkit girls also qualified, who placed fourth in the team standings.

Photos of Saul Lieberman: After the end of the last game. “Am I disappointed with our record? Absolutely!” said ETHS head coach Mike Burzawa. “But I’m not disappointed with the tenacity and character these players have shown me.”

ETHS football coach: “It was a tough season…but there was no giving up in them.” Evanston finished 3-6 and will miss the Class 8A playoffs for the first time since 2019.

ETHS Field Hockey: Wildkit Rally fails in season-ending loss. Evanston ended the season under coach Annie Lesch with a six-game losing slip, but it was more the product of a scheduling oddity that found the Wildkits facing the toughest teams on their schedule. regular season.

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