Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Things are looking up! Guess why kids Emma Arbuzova, from front, Abby and Ella Machut; moms Janna Arbuzova, far left, and Kerri Machut; and Beth Johnson, partially obscured at rear, are all craning their necks skyward in Perkins Woods. Richard Cahan has the answer in his At This Time photo.

We’re always on the lookout for news in Evanston. Here’s the latest.

For all the Evanston cyclists who have found themselves grumbling about a lack of local trails and bike lanes, the Evanston Transit Alliance has a solution it wants the city to pursue. At a Ninth Ward meeting Wednesday, alliance member John Fervoy called it “the ultimate trail connection for our area.”

Climate change is likely to mean a fluctuating lake level that’s hard on lakefront infrastructure and less winter ice to protect against beach erosion. How will Evanston protect its shoreline? A Tuesday open house gave residents a chance to weigh in on some possible answers.

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: One case and no new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Oct. 25, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 14.9 cases per day.


In case you missed it: Evanston community leaders walked the red carpet last weekend for the Chicago Film Festival premiere of The Big Payback, a documentary on the city’s historic reparations initiative.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Do you like the looks of this rendering of Northlight Theatre’s new home on Church Street? The Evanston Land Use Commission had approved that original design, but on Wednesday commissioners unanimously backed a plan to simplify the facade. Some of them weren’t happy about the change.

Fifty years ago, Title IX transformed sports for women and girls and changed higher education. From Thursday to Saturday, a Title IX 50th Anniversary Conference at Northwestern University will cover topics including gender equality in sports, sexual assault on campus and the legacy of the federal civil rights law.

Some 34 years ago, architectural historian Anne Earle proposed creating a Northwest Evanston Historic District. The RoundTable is republishing her proposal, rarely seen since it was written, as part of a series with Design Evanston. Today’s installment features Earle’s discussion of the types of properties in the proposed district.

Remember Evanston’s hallmark Climate Action and Resilience Plan, first approved in 2018? Mayor Daniel Biss released an update Wednesday and announced plans to conduct an environmental equity investigation in 2023.

Living up to high expectations after a banner year, the Evanston Township High School chess team took third place at its first tournament of the season last weekend. Check out Head Coach Keith Holzmueller’s Rank and File column for a full roundup of results.

Spooky season is officially here. With Halloween coming up on Monday, there will be fun activities for all ages throughout the city this weekend. (And don’t miss our photo roundup of Evanston’s haunting Halloween houses.)

Need help clearing your driveway or sidewalk when it snows? Evanston is once again offering its Snow Shoveling Program this winter to connect older adult residents and people with disabilities with volunteers who are offering free snow shoveling.

If you see first responders out on the lakefront Thursday or Friday, don’t be alarmed. The Illinois Water Rescue Task Force is practicing a deployment training exercise.


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Around the web

That Cardboard Box in Your Home Is Fueling Election Denial. ProPublica has a new investigation exposing how Dick and Liz Uihlein, the Illinois couple who founded shipping giant Uline, are bankrolling anti-democracy candidates across the country who are denying the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.

Beyond the heated rhetoric about bail, what else is in the SAFE-T Act? The legislation that will eliminate cash bail in Illinois has been the subject of viral social media videos and a misinformation campaign, but the law is also set to increase resources for crime victims and expand police oversight, among other things.

Watchdog: CPD overlooked incriminating evidence while investigating cop’s ties to far right Proud Boys. The Chicago Police Department decided to suspend an officer with connections to the extremist Proud Boys group for 120 days. Now, the city’s inspector general is saying the department should have fired him.


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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...