Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

It’s the day after election primaries and we want to invite you to celebrate our democracy.

The staff and board of the Evanston RoundTable want you to march with us in the city’s Independence Day parade. It’s a perfect fit, right? Members of the Fourth Estate parading around on the Fourth of July. We know that without you, we would not be here. We could not cover this community we hold dear without your support, your suggestions and your stories. Besides, we enjoy a little flag-waving and glad-handing as long as you are beside us. Please RSVP to and meet us wearing your red, white or blue best at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Central Street across from Bent Park between Highland and Prospect avenues. Let’s step out together because we are all in this together. Now, let’s talk news.

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The RoundTable has election coverage for you. Not only do we have all the results of the elections Evanstonians voted in, but we have the news on the turnout (where were you yesterday, people?) And from our amazing photographer Richard Cahan, a beautiful look at the words and faces of five Election Judges, who showed up to hold up our democracy. What happened, you ask? (If we are the first to tell you this, it explains the turnout issue.) But the big headline is likely the gubernatorial primary, as it sets the November stage for incumbent Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker to face Trump-endorsed Republican Darren Bailey.

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The city announced Tuesday that Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski will resign as of July 11 to start a new job at Elrod Friedman law firm. It is the second major city resignation in two days, following Second Ward Council Member Peter Braithwaite’s resignation announcement at Monday’s City Council meeting. In the announcement, Mayor Daniel Biss said he will participate in a public town hall with the RoundTable about the City Manager search process at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 12.

City Council members voted 8-1 Monday to spend $1.675 million to purchase several blighted properties to develop affordable housing. Fifth Ward Council Member Bobby Burns urged his colleagues to act quickly to avoid the properties being bought by private developers. First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly cast the only no vote, arguing too much of the plan was unresolved for her to approve it.

COVID-19 by the numbers: There were 25 new cases reported on June 27, the last date the city updated its totals, putting the city’s seven-day average at 31.7 cases. There were no deaths on June 27, leaving the total Evanston deaths since March 14, 2020 at 152.

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Midnight Sun brings the funk to its Starlight debut in Baker Park. The Midnight Sun set ablaze the Starlight crowd of more than 400 at Baker Park in Evanston in the evening hours Tuesday. People danced, listened, swayed and sang to the 10-piece ensemble, who call themselves masters of deep-cut soul and funk and include Evanston resident saxophone artist Chris Greene. This was the latest installment of the Starlight Concerts in the Park series.

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City honors Special Olympics athletes. Evanston’s Special Olympics athletes and their family members gathered at the Morton Civic Center Monday to celebrate their achievements. Attendees first enjoyed a dinner hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation, then received public recognition from Mayor Daniel Biss during the City Council meeting.

ETHS boys basketball: Adams breaks through for new-look Wildkit cagers. Dennis Mahoney details the recent breakout performance by senior forward Prince Adams in summer play.

Letter to the editor: This is nothing simple about this misdemeanor. Larry Murphy writes that the severity of the nooses found at Haven Middle School far exceeds a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and should not be dismissed by the community as such.

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Picturing Evanston. Art on the rocks at the landfill on the Northwestern Campus with a view of Chicago. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Youngest Chicagoans focus of latest vaccination push. The Chicago Department of Public Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to provide vaccines to children under 5 at the insurer’s Blue Door Neighborhood Centers in Pullman, Morgan Park and South Lawndale.

This Woman- And Refugee-Owned Clothing Co-Op Battling Fast Fashion Is Opening A $2 Million Studio On Chicago’s Southwest Side. Blue Tin Production Co-Op, founded in 2019 by Hoda Katebi, will open its new headquarters in Chicago Lawn after receiving a $1.75 million grant from the city in the spring.

Northwestern taps Army West Point’s Jim Foster as new baseball coach. Foster will join the Wildcats after six years coaching the Black Knights, during which he led them to a 162-140 record and four straight NCAA tournament appearances.

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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joins the RoundTable for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.