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The RoundTable’s fall fund drive is underway, and if you’re not a contributing member, you should consider joining our membership family. These are the supporters we rely on to help us provide award-winning, round-the-clock coverage of our beloved city – everything from breaking news and thoughtful analyses to delightful and informative features, wonderful photography and timely event calendars. I know the importance of local journalism because half a century ago I started my career that way. In 1973 I joined Lerner Newspapers as a cub reporter. Founded in 1926 by Leo Lerner, the paper’s focus was always and exclusively local news. “If…

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Library statement acknowledges land’s Indigenous history

Evanston Public Library officials led off their regular board meeting at the main library Nov. 16 with a reading of a land acknowledgment statement, recognizing that Evanston and the library facilities are on the land of Indigenous people.

City revises 2023 budget proposal as vote nears

A revised 2023 budget proposal will be presented Monday, Nov. 21, to the Evanston City Council with the overall price tag reduced by about $12 million. This third set of revisions is a result of increased tax revenue estimates (up a total of $750,000) as well…


The art of pro wrestling comes to Evanston

Walking down Howard Street late Sunday afternoon, you might not have noticed anything going on at Palmhouse, an event space for parties and weddings next to the Peckish Pig Restaurant and Brewery. The curtains were closed, and passersby could only catch the faintest sign of music and…

‘The arts are not voluntary. They’re not extra,’ says Mayor Biss

Mayor Daniel Biss talked about the value of art at the annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts program Saturday, Nov. 19, at Studio5, 1938 Dempster St. This is an edited transcript of his remarks: “It’s a hard time. I’m not speaking [of] threats to democracy, rising antisemitism,…

The Art of Making Art: Lisa Plefka Haskin

Lisa Plefka Haskin is an Evanston artist who creates handmade ornaments, coasters, journaling books, stencils and collages. Haskin says, “I’m a maker.” She enjoys staying very busy creating things and typically has multiple works under development at any given moment. Her work is inspired by living in…


Third graders decorate gifts for Vet Center

In honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Washington Elementary School third graders donated more than 75 pounds of toiletries to the Evanston Vet Center at 1901 W. Howard St. They also decorated tissue boxes with messages telling veterans how brave they are…

D65 two-way immersion families worry about future

Despite what some parents may have heard, Evanston/Skokie District 65 has not made any decisions yet about possible changes to the two-way immersion program (TWI), district officials said at a community meeting Tuesday night. The program offers instruction to elementary schoolers in…

ETHS girls basketball: Bolingbrook bounces Kits in season opener

Evanston’s girls basketball team opened the 2022-23 season with three starters in street clothes Tuesday. But head coach Brittanny Johnson wasn’t looking for any excuses after a 46-30 loss to Bolingbrook. The Wildkits turned the ball over 23 times and only shot…



Letter to the editor: Support Evanston Climate Action Fund

Evanston’s City Council unanimously supported a Climate Emergency Resolution on April 26, 2022. Climate change was a hot campaign topic for nearly every candidate running for office in the last Evanston election.  That was then, this is now. Emergency Climate Action is hard to find in the proposed…



Developing a Segregated Town, 1900-1960

Evanston’s first African American residents arrived in the 1850s, and by 1880 there were approximately 125 African Americans in Evanston. The number grew to 737 in 1900.…

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