Snapper Poche (left) and John Fournier were the two finalists for the city manager post. Credit: City of Evanston Credit: City of Evanston

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

With the Evanston City Council still negotiating with its chosen city manager candidate, some local activists are expressing disappointment in the selection process, maintaining the third time the city has gone through the search process was even less transparent than the previous two.

After a series of closed-door sessions, Evanston City Council members announced May 13 their intent to appoint Ann Arbor Assistant City Administrator John Fournier as the next city manager.

But no official vote on Fournier has yet been scheduled, Mayor Daniel Biss said Tuesday, May 17, as the city is still in talks with him. The Community Alliance for Better Government and other groups have been vocal during the search, raising concerns about citizen engagement in the process. 

Sidewalk tables at Evanston Pour on Dempster. Credit: RoundTable photo Credit: RoundTable photo

The Lighthouse Keeper notes that spring has sprung in our town, reminding LK of the adage, “if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait a minute.”

From the resumption of outdoor dining to a secure spot for in-person transactions begun online, the Lighthouse Keeper shines a light on Evanston – this time with a dose of baby ducks!

At This Time: Tuesday at 6:56 p.m. High school jump start. Eighth graders sign up to learn more about the Evanston Township High School girls volleyball team at an activities fair. Dozens of groups – including the book club, theater, cheerleaders, pomkits and other sports teams – recruited incoming freshmen. “Volleyball is a great way to get to know new people,” said new coach Paris McFall, “form bonds, learn more about the game and learn how to be a better human being.” About 60 students make up four girls teams. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

The spring membership drive is on!

During our spring membership drive, we’re asking Evanstonians: What does the RoundTable – and local journalism – mean to you? Mayor Daniel Biss calls the RoundTable “a critical pillar of civic participation in this community.” Here’s more of what the mayor had to say.

As a nonprofit newsroom, we depend on the community’s support to power our growing coverage of Evanston’s city government, schools, arts and cultural scene and the local economy.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Eloise Lushina. Credit: Wyatt Boyd Photography Credit: Wyatt Boyd Photography

Former Evanston child actor off to college, ‘balancing who I am as a person now.’ Eloise Lushina, who landed her first professional role as a sixth grader at King Arts School, is now a freshman at Boston University on a career hiatus. Leaving acting “definitely has posed an identity crisis and [I’m] trying to figure out who I am, because it’s such a large part of me,” Lushina said.

Credit: Lisa Cyee

The week in photos: May 9-16. This weekend’s Umbrella Arts Festival celebrated the Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American community in Evanston. The festival featured performances by Mandala Arts, Flying Fairies, Nayon Troupe and a concert by Funkadesi. Plus view photos of the Wheelchair Wash by Kellogg Cares, the Childcare Network of Evanston’s “Zero to Five K” fundraiser and more.

District 65 receives $600,000 grant to continue teacher residency program. On May 9, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky visited the Joseph E. Hill Education Center to present Superintendent Devon Horton and the CREATE 65 team with a check to continue the district’s teacher residency program.

Picturing Evanston. A peek at Molly Zakrajsek’s mural “Fluent Foundations” underneath the Metra viaduct on Grove Street. This mural was a collaboration by the artist with Evanston Township High School students and the Evanston Mural Arts Program. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston will host the Evanston Garden Fair this weekend. Local is best when it comes to shopping for garden plants, so mark your calendars for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 and 21 when members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston will offer plants for sale at the Evanston Garden Fair at Independence Park.

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Around the web

Skokie officials pump brakes on Carvana tower After Illinois suspends company’s dealer’s license. Construction of Carvana’s controversial 14-story car vending tower in Skokie, approved just three months ago by the Village Board despite widespread community opposition, is now on hold.

Active weather pattern could bring storms and cooler temps to Chicago area. The Chicago area has been enjoying a pleasant taste of spring in recent days, but things are about to get a lot more active, with the possibility of showers, thunderstorms and severe weather all popping into the forecast to close out the work week.

The federal government is offering another round of free COVID tests. Americans once again can order free COVID-19 tests by signing up at In this round, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver eight free rapid antigen tests to any household in the U.S.

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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...