Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

The fall sports season is in full swing for local high schools. RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan caught up with members of the Loyola Academy varsity girls rowing team at the end of their practice Wednesday on the North Shore Channel. Some 33 girls and 36 boys on varsity teams practice at the Dammrich Rowing Center on Oakton Street. They row, row, row their boats at least three miles through Evanston north to the Baha’i Temple and back.

Now, let’s merrily move on to today’s top stories.

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Developers rolled out plans for a new mixed-income affordable housing development on South Boulevard near Chicago Avenue at a joint Third and Ninth Ward meeting Wednesday. Some neighbors expressed concerns about the five-story building, which would be located on land owned by the City of Evanston and the Housing Authority of Cook County, with 60 units for low and middle income households.

A report released Monday by District 65’s business and finance staff shows how much the district spent per student last school year at each of the elementary and middle schools across Evanston. That amount ranges from a low of $17,681 per student at Haven to a high of $23,838 at King Arts. Varying declines in enrollment at different schools contributed to some of the different expenditures.

Please join the Evanston RoundTable and a leading champion – and critic – of the American news media for an online conversation about the threats facing journalism and democracy. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Margaret Sullivan, former media critic of The Washington Post and public editor of The New York Times, will join the RoundTable for a webinar about her latest book, Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life.

This event kicks off our fall NewsMatch fundraising campaign – a chance for the Evanston community to support our work as Evanston’s nonprofit news source.


COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Oct. 18, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 12.7 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Photo essay: Evanston’s haunting Halloween houses 2022. Check out our compilation of some of the best spooky season displays around town this October, submitted mostly by readers. The fishermen seen dead in the water above were netted by Mary Mrugalski along the 700 block of Ridge Avenue.

Letter to the editor: Ryan Field concerts are NU cash grab. “Rather than let Northwestern divide our community with assurances that sound too good to be true, Evanston should once again stand together against the university’s latest attempt to turn Ryan Field into a tax-exempt money-maker,” Seventh Ward resident David DeCarlo writes.

Theater review: ‘Refuge’ is a lyrical, moving tale of crossing the border. Theo Ubique’s production, the tale of a young female migrant caught by a Texas rancher as she tries to cross the border, is “a moving performance unlikely to be forgotten and surely not to be missed,” writes theater critic Cissy Lacks.

City to host Youth Town Hall on Nov. 1. A town hall moderated by members of the City of Evanston Youth Advisory Committee will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Committee members will discuss topics and answer questions sent in on Instagram, with time for public comment.

Evanston Symphony to open 76th season with Bernstein, Rachmaninoff and Price on Oct. 30. The symphony will also be joined by piano soloist Inna Faliks, an ESO audience favorite, in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.


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Around the web

The IRS is increasing the standard deductions for 2023 as inflation intensifies. The Internal Revenue Service adjusts tax rates based on inflation every year, but the sky-high inflation that Americans are seeing at the grocery store and the gas pump could mean larger standard tax deductions than the country has seen in a long time.

WBEZ/Sun-Times Poll: Voters are all over the field on Bears’ Arlington play — but almost half would sack using taxpayer dollars. About 45% of voters said they did not want to see a single cent of taxpayer money go toward the stadium.

Feinberg study shows physicians discriminate against people with disabilities. Recently published research from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine found that many doctors harbor both implicit and explicit biases against people with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Northwestern University gets $121 million gift for medical research, lab facilities. The donation from trustee Kimberly Querrey will fund four initiatives at the Feinberg School of Medicine downtown.


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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...