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  • Thousands Attend Protest Here, Keeping It Peaceful and Solemn
    May 31  By the hundreds they crossed Lake Street at Dodge Avenue, walking toward Evanston Township High School, chanting, holding signs, protesting the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and what appeared to be an aggressive arrest of a young black man here last week.
  • A Statement from Incoming Superintendent, Dr. Devon Horton
    May 31.  In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the civil rights leader, in speaking out about the conflict in southeast Asia, eloquently said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” We in Evanston/Skokie District 65 can not be quiet about what has transpired over the last couple weeks regarding racists acts of injustice
  • May 31  Below is a statement issued today by Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty about today's rally and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis:
  • May 31  Evanston Fight for Black Lives is holding a march and rally this afternoon to protest the killing of George Floyd and the death or harm of other black people at the hands of police.
  • Virtual Falcon Banding June 6
    May 31  What: Mary Hennen, Assistant Collections Manager, Birds; and Director of the Chicago Peregrine Program at The Field Museum, and Josh Engel, Field Museum research assistant and founder of Red Hill Birding, will band young peregrine falcons hatched in May at the Evanston Public Library nesting site. EPL Collections Manager, author, and podcaster Betsy Bird will host the event. The babies will be removed from the nest, brought inside, and then returned to the nest after the banding is done.
  • May 30  "As your Interim City Manager, I have a responsibility to ensure that members of our community feel safe and protected by the Evanston Police Department and that we constantly work to maintain a positive relationship with all of the people who call Evanston home.
  • May 30  Cicely Fleming, Ninth Ward Alderman, sent the following to the RoundTable; she posted it earlier on social media.
  • May 30  The Board of Directors of the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) vigorously objects to your attempt at the May 26, 2020, Evanston City Council meeting to initiate a process to hire a City Manager without following the public, transparent process agreed to at the meeting of Feb. 24.
  • May 30  Sixth Ward Alderman Thomas Suffredin, having seen videos of the arrest of Trenton Alexander, sent the following statement to the RoundTable.
  • It appears there was a foot chase, and an officer grabbed the young man’s foot from behind, which brought the young man to the ground. The young man got up and was then brought to the ground by three police officers. The young man continued to say he had not done anything wrong.
  • All Regions of the State Moved to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan Today
    May 29  “Today I’ll be signing a new executive order that reflects the changes under Phase 3 of Restore Illinois,” said the Governor. “This brings to an end the Stay-at-Home order executive order. The success of the last phase is evidenced by the decline of the positivity rate [the positive test rate], the declining hospitalizations, the declining ICU bed uses and the declining number of deaths.
  • Hillside Pantry Reaches Evanston and Beyond
    May 29  As businesses close, workers furloughed or laid-off, and incomes fall, it is not surprising that food pantries across the country are seeing significant increases in visits.
  • May 28  Books! Curbside pickup of library books and other materials is coming to the Main Library later in June. Watch for more information, coming soon, on the next steps in our gradual rollout of more services. The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one concern.
  • May 29  Letter to the Editor: We would have thought that Mayor Stephen Hagerty would have learned one important lesson from last fall’s public outcry over Interim City Manager Erika Storlie’s abrupt firing of a popular staff director
  • Churches File Emergency Petition in U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Stay-at-Home Order, Gov. Pritzker Given Hours to Respond
    May 28  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provided guidance today, containing eight pages of recommendations for places of worship to use in holding religious services. The guidance was posted on IDPH’s website after the Governor was given until 8 p.m. tonight to respond to an emergency petition filed by two churches seeking to enjoin him from enforcing his Stay-at-Home order against the churches.
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