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  • As we head into the weekend, we bring you news of COVID-19 and our holiday countdown. Solstice candle-making kits will be available at the Library, and the Evanston Children’s Choir will be virtual this year. COVID-19 relief money has made its way to many Evanston businesses and nonprofits, and the Governor and IDPH summarized the State’s vaccination plan. Finally, the RoundTable invites everyone to join the masked brigade – send us a photo of yourself or someone else wearing a mask to protect the welfare of the community. Click on the headlines below to read the full story.

  • Evanston Organizations Receive COVID-19 Relief Money
    Dec. 4 More than 1,600 Evanston businesses and organizations received $164 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to a RoundTable analysis of data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Dec. 2. 
  • Dec. 4:  Thirty-seven New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, 10,526 in the State
    Gov. JB Pritzker outlined the State’s plan to distribute vaccines at his briefing this afternoon. He emphasized, “Illinois will only distribute a vaccine that is deemed safe" by Illinois' own review panel. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participant and Local Physician to Join City for Next 'Coronavirus Q&A
    Dec. 4   Community members are invited to join Mayor Stephen Hagerty, Health and Human Services Director Ike Ogbo, and local research physician Dr. Richard Hubbard for a Coronavirus Q&A at noon on Dec. 9.
  • Dec. 3:  Twenty-four New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, 10.959 in the State
    Dec. 3  The number of new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians dropped from 63 yesterday to 24 today.
  • Dec. 2: Sixty-three New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, 9,757 in the State
    Dec. 2  In the last three days, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Evanston jumped from 8 to 31 to 63. The number of new cases in the State fluctuated from 6,190 to 12,542, to 9,757. The most stark statistic today was that 238 Illinoisans died in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19, an all-time high.
  • Down to 6.3%, Unemployment Figures Still Double Last Year’s Figures
    Dec. 2  The number of Evanston unemployed fell sharply in October versus September, according to data recently released from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
  • Dec. 1: Thirty-one New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, 12,278 in the State

    Dec. 1  Gov. Pritzker said the first priority would be to vaccinate health care workers and then residents and staff in long-term care facilities. He said as soon as the CDC is able to deliver its recommendations about priority, “we'll be able to take that into consideration in the way that we prioritize how the vaccines will be distributed across Illinois.”

  • Local Hospitals Holding Their Own Against COVID-19
    Dec. 1  The number of COVID-19 patients at local hospitals was relatively stable the last two weeks after increasing sharply during October and through most of November.
  • Radio Silence
    Dec. 1 With no notice, the Evanston Police Department has moved to a new radio system – one that allows the department to communicate with other police agencies, but essentially shuts out the public from listening in to those conversations.
  • Most of today’s stories are about trying to fix things: When the Black Lives Matter sign at Northminster Church was damaged over the weekend, neighbors and the faith community reacted with shock and support. The City is looking to get more food more efficiently to those who need it – with more pop-up pantries. A buyback at a local church could get more guns off the street. But in an annual survey District 65’s scores decreased in 19 out of 20 subcategories relevant to school success. Click on the headline to read the full story.

  • Nov. 30: Eight New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, 6,190 in the State
    Nov. 30  “The last few days have offered a hint of potential progress in some of our Statewide metrics,” said Governor JB Pritzker. But he added, “The number of patients fighting COVID-19 in our hospital systems Statewide still eclipses our spring peak by 23%. We had hoped to see more progress in lowering hospitalizations by now."
  • With Winter on the Way, Evanston Ramps Up Food Distribution Program
    Nov. 30 With food insecurity a major concern as the pandemic enters the winter months, City officials have mapped out a new system to make meals more available to needy families, including pop up pantries in some neighborhoods. 
  • Gun Buyback Dec. 5
    Nov. 30  The event, open to residents of Evanston, Skokie and the north side of Chicago, is amnesty-based: No arrest will be made for those turning in guns.
  • Patronizing the shops and restaurants here in Evanston this year is crucial not just to the owners and employees but to the community as a whole. Northwestern’s is one of several institutions across the country to acknowledge that Native Americans first occupied their present site. COVID-19 figures in most of today’s other stories:  A local doctor is participating in a COVID-19 vaccination trial; a local pastor responds to a recent Supreme Court ruling; and the case numbers have abated, at least for today. Click on the headline to read the full story.

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