Good Sunday morning, Evanston!
Yesterday there was an important, if not always easy, conversation about who reparations are for, why they are opposed, and whether reparations are even a solution. Second Baptist Church Town Hall was inaugurated by Rev. Dr. Michael CR Nabors and guarded by leaders such as Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste, as well as members of the interfaith community, the City Council, and the city’s Reparations Committee. “We have a lifetime of work ahead of us,” said Robin Rue Simmons, chair of the indemnity committee. “Reparation is a complex process in which each of us must participate.” Richard Cahan of the Roundtable was there to photograph history (Above, Nabors and Rue Simmons are flanked by Dino Robinson, founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center, and Buddhist teacher Assay Horibe on the left, with Bobby Burns, member of the Fifth Ward Council, on the right). See Gina Castro’s full coverage later on our site.
So here’s the news of the week, highlighting what you, our readers, thought were the top stories from the past week (yes, we keep a close eye on which stories are getting the most views), as well as a few other new stories and ones you might have missed seeing.
Don’t miss the RoundTables Evanston’s Election Guide for the 2022 General Election. Evanston voters will decide 64 candidates running for 36 open positions, 61 judges running for retention and three referendums from three different levels of government. This guide will help you prepare—especially for the court vote. Do we have a source for you?
These two women – Robin Rue Simmons (left), Founder and CEO of FirstRepair, and Monique Parsons, President and CEO of McGaw YMCA – were honored at the Chessmen Club Gala, which was powerful, positive and packed last weekend. It was also inspirational and after the event Regret Simmons wrote this essay to describe what it was like to be in a room full of black Evanston leaders.
The budget proposal for 2023 is now being officially discussed. When it was presented in the city council meeting on Monday Mayor Daniel Biss pushed back, saying he would not accept it as it is now. But there are still many meetings to complete before the Council will vote on the final proposal. You have the opportunity to cast your vote between community meetings and town halls. Here is our original look at the proposal. And First Ward Councilor Clare Kelly argued at her ward meeting what she believes is crucial: Increase in pension fund contributions for the police and fire services.
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 dealt with file deletions, seals and clemency petitions.
Do you like the work of the RoundTable? We know we’d love to keep you informed and raise voices in Evanston. But as an award-winning author and media critic Margaret Sullivan tells us, the survival of community journalism cannot be taken for granted. Join her for a webinar on Thursday, November 10th at 7pm on her latest book. Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Concerns) from an Inkstained Life. This event kicks off our Fall NewsMatch fundraiser
At a special meeting last week, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board unanimously appointed Mya Wilkins as Chair The newest member of the District 65 Board of Directors to fill the seat formerly held by Anya Tanyavutti.
Last weekend was the official reopening of the city’s dog beach. Supporters were initially concerned that no one with two or four legs would show up, but within 20 minutes of opening time, more than 40 dogs and their humans had gathered to celebrate at the leash-free lakeside square.
Are you all ready for Halloween? Well, if you don’t decorate this year, your neighbors will! So the RoundTable asked readers to submit their favorites, which is really a nice guide Evanston’s haunting Halloween homes. Take a trip with the whole family for a decoration viewing this week.
The city asked to add special pickleball courts. Pickleball vs. tennis came up at the Parks and Recreation Board meeting when 30 people showed up to push for permanent pickleball courts. And Pickleball Equity was also an issue.
The Equity and Empowerment Commission strongly supports gender equality in all city ordinances, which could mean a lot of language changes in Evanston if the City Council agrees. And it too several strategies recommended to get affordable housing, affordable.
Library Council aims for 3.9% tax increase. This would be the first increase in three years with flat budgets.
Early plans for affordable housing on South Boulevard were unveiled. The five-story, 60-unit residential building would serve low- and middle-income households on South Boulevard between Chicago and Hinman Avenues.
Minding our own business. Isabelle Reiniger takes a quick look at nine newly opened or opened stores in Evanston, including six on the Main-Dempster Mile.
Small landlords could get cash for COVID losses. Evanston landlords who own up to 35 units and have seen a loss in rental income during the pandemic could soon receive financial relief.
Betty Meckstroth: 1940-2022. A dear soul and an expert on gifted children, who co-authored a groundbreaking book on the subject, has died. “Her cup was full with endless kindness and love to share. She was like no other.”
Public Safety and Health
COVID-19 update October 20: Both Evanston and Cook County remain at “low” risk. In Evanston, the seven-day average of new cases was 12.9 on Oct. 19, up from 10.9 the previous week, an 18% increase.
For the past school year, District 65 spending per student ranged from $17,681 to $23,838 per school. Average spending per student has increased by 39.6% over the past three years.
School bus workers can get a raise in District 65. A committee is recommending that the board increase the hourly rate for bus assistants from $13.65 to $15.50, which is more in line with the salary offered by most neighboring school districts.
art & life
Evanston Arts Council Selects New Leaders; Coordinator resigns from part-time position. The new Chair of the Council is Melissa Raman Molitor (above), Associate Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute.
Theater Review: “Refuge” is a lyrical, moving tale of border crossing. Theo Ubique’s production is “a moving performance that is unlikely to be forgotten and certainly not to be missed,” writes theater critic Cissy Lacks.
They do: swarming 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 story is part of the RoundTable column They Do It.
The art of making art: Melanie Deal. Deal is a longtime collage and mixed media artist based in Evanston. She works mainly with paper and her collages are very controlled in structure and very creative and playful in imagery.
On Coming Out Day, Gays and Gospel celebrates the impact of LGBTQ+ on church music. National Coming Out Day, October 11, was marked at Northwestern University with a tribute to the LGTBQ+ community’s contribution to gospel music and the Black Church.
Hundreds demonstrate for abortion rights during protests in Evanston. More than 200 people turned out last Sunday, many wearing pink and carrying signs that read “Abortion is a right to health care,” to protest the US Supreme Court’s reversal of the constitutional right to abortion in June.
Letter to the editor: Ryan Field concerts are NU cash grabs. “Rather than addressing the disconnect between its economic resources and its historically inadequate financial contributions to Evanston, Northwestern wants to change the conversation,” writes David DeCarlo of the 7th Precinct. “But Northwestern has shown that its portrayals should not be taken at face value.”
Letter to the Editor: Election 2022 – yes votes for the first referendum. Evanston’s 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, yes for ranking list election. Your Vote Will Count More is one of five points designed to encourage people to support ranked voting.
ETHS boys and girls cross-country teams advance to next week’s sections. The boys team advanced easily with a full roster into next week’s Hoffman Estates Sectional. Also qualified were the Wildkit girls, who took fourth place in the team classification.
Saul Lieberman Photos: After the last game was over. “Am I disappointed with our record? Definitely!” said ETHS Head Coach Mike Burzawa. “But I’m not disappointed with the toughness and character these players have shown me.”
ETHS Football Coach: “It’s been a tough season… but there was no stopping it.” Evanston finished the tournament 3-6 and will miss the Class 8A playoffs for the first time since 2019.
ETHS Field Hockey: The Wildkit Rally does not miss the end of the season. Evanston ended the season with a six-game loss under coach Annie Lesch, but that was more a product of a schedule quirk that saw the Wildkits play the toughest teams in their regular-season schedule.
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