Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita is hosting a grand opening at her new office at 908 Sherman Ave. from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, and her deputy director invited the Ninth Ward.

Morita, the first Asian American woman to serve on the Cook County Board, was elected in November 2022.

“We hope that all that can attend will come out in person to see our new office and meet Commissioner Morita and our staff,” said Jared Davis, Morita’s deputy director.

Ninth Ward Council Member Juan Geracaris. Credit: Richard Cahan

Evanston Police Officers Cesar Galindo and Otha Brooks also gave ward residents a report on recent crimes in the area.

From Dec. 8, 2022, to Feb. 8, 2023, there were five batteries, eight burglaries to motor vehicles, one motor vehicle theft, four thefts at retail stores and three thefts of vehicle parts, Galindo said.

Galindo encouraged folks to sign up for the city’s first-ever Spanish Community Police Academy. There are a couple more open spots still available and applications close Feb. 15.

Ninth Ward City Council Member Juan Geracaris closed out the meeting with some announcements. He plans to host a community brainstorming meeting to discuss solutions for the trash issue on Hartrey Avenue. He’s putting together another similar event to address the parking shortage in the area near the Robert Crown Community Center.

Geracaris hasn’t determined the date, time or location of the events yet, but he will send an email out shortly, he said.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....

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