Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

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Now, on to the news:

Seven candidates seeking to be the Second Ward representative on City Council were questioned Tuesday night by Mayor Daniel Biss at a forum at the Morton Civic Center. They are (from left) Matthew Farrauto, Blanca Lule, Anya Tanyavutti, Kristian Harris, Keith Banks, Patricia Gregory and Darlene Cannon. (Photo by Richard Cahan.) Biss, whose appointment is subject to City Council approval, said he expects to make his decision before next week’s council meeting. The RoundTable will post a story later today recapping the candidate forum.

Meanwhile, at the Robert Crown Community Center, residents and city leaders discussed problems with allegedly “aggressive panhandling” at a Fourth Ward meeting. City Manager Luke Stowe, who ordered anti-panhandling signs removed, said the “Have a heart. Give smart” notices had been vandalized and seemed ineffective. But several people in the audience said they were disappointed the signs were taken down. Some said the Margarita Inn shelter and Albany Care create a high concentration of low-income, high-need individuals in the area.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Five cases and no deaths were reported on Monday, Sept. 5, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 5.9 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Evanston’s historic reparations program: A 101 guide, part 2. Check out the second installment in our two-part guide to Evanston’s reparations program. In part one, published Monday, we explored the origin of reparations in Evanston. Now, in part two, we’ll take you through the last year of local reparations efforts.

A tale of two Mendozas: Evanston’s powerhouse Latina leaders. Stephanie Mendoza (right) became Evanston’s first Latina city clerk in 2021, while Rebeca Mendoza, who works as an international grants officer for Rotary International, is founder and president of Evanston Latinos, an advocacy group formed during the pandemic that continues to provide services to Spanish-speaking residents.

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | Sherman Gardens, Evanston’s mid-century modern gem. Designed by architect Henry K. Holsman and built between 1946 and 1948, the group of three residential buildings on Sherman Avenue between University Place and Emerson Street features a courtyard and distinctive concrete, brick and steel construction.

ETHS District 202 superintendent announces Listening & Learning Series. As part of the transition plan for new Superintendent Marcus Campbell, ETHS is hosting a multipart Listening & Learning Series this fall to establish a collaborative process for communicating with students, families, staff and community members.

21st anniversary of 9/11 to be marked Sunday at Firemen’s Park. The memorial ceremony will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Firemen’s Park, at the corner of Simpson street and Maple avenue.

Picturing Evanston. Colorful flags rustle in a a late summer breeze at St. Mary’s Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on Wilder Street and Florence Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Moran Center, an Evanston-based legal and social work nonprofit, now offers services in Rogers Park for students and parents. The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy launched its pilot program in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood about one year ago and has recently worked on providing direct legal representation to residents.

New COVID boosters now available in Chicago, giving more protection against common omicron variants. Updated versions of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are arriving at pharmacies, doctor’s offices and other sites across the Chicago area. The boosters are specifically designed to protect against omicron variants.

The Chicago Bears release Arlington Heights details and make a case for public subsidy. The team said it would not seek any public funds for a new stadium, but it left the door open for a new TIF district or some other public subsidy to help fund a “mixed-use district” on the site of Arlington International Racecourse.

The plan for a downtown Chicago casino now has a surprising ally: river lovers. The future downtown casino, set to be constructed in River West, has met strong opposition nearly every step of the way. But environmentalists and preservationists say the development could be the latest step in turning the once-dirty river into an asset for tourism, conservation and outdoor activities.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...