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Who will fill the seat? (RoundTable photo)

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Ninth Ward Council member Cicely Fleming announced near the end of the Dec. 20 City Council meeting that she would be stepping down from her seat, leaving after the Council’s selection of a City Manager, which is expected this month.

If Fleming carries through with her declaration, that would set a series of steps in motion, leading to a special election for a new Ninth Ward Council member in 2023, city officials said.

Sol Anderson, CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF photo)

The RoundTable recently sat down with Sol Anderson, the new CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation. The foundation plays a key leadership role in Evanston’s nonprofit landscape. Its mission is “helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community.”

COVID by the numbers: 87 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 101.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

The North Shore Canal on Monday. (Photo credit: Adina Keeling)

Weekend photos. Thanks to Saturday’s snowfall, a white blanket covers Evanston.

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At This Time: 9:56 a.m., Monday, Jan. 3. Mohamed M. Abdelfattah plays the Turkish flute, or ney, in downtown Evanston. Abdelfattah says he is homeless. “The last seven days I’ve been sleeping outside.” He brings his flute with him, but it is hard to play in the cold.

Charles Wilkinson: Never not the last word. I have been a small part of The RoundTable since its very beginning. Its founder and editor, Mary Gavin, welcomed my idea for a column and its heading, Room for a View, then let me have my say for more than 21 years.

Open Communities to host housing workshops in January. These programs are also ideal for educating people working in the housing, banking and rental industries. All programs are free and will be held via Zoom.

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Around the web

Chicago Teachers Union gearing up to walk out on Wednesday over COVID-19 safety concerns. The union wants staff to be able to work remotely instead as COVID-19 cases surge. A vote is likely on Tuesday.

Chicago restaurants grapple with new COVID-19 vaccine proof policy. Monday marked a new era for restaurants, bars, and other service sectors.

Greek life recruitment at Northwestern to resume in January, but several chapters still banned.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...