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Northwestern University’s Club Hockey and Synchronized Swimming teams as well as the school’s students and faculty will be given wide access to the City’s new $54 million Robert Crown Community under an agreement that some aldermen and residents maintained contained hazy details.

In one of the last major actions of the current City Council, aldermen voted 7-2 at their April 26 meeting in favor of a partnership agreement with Northwestern for the University’s use of the new community center, located at Main Street and Dodge Avenue.

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In the Throes of a New Relationship, We’re All Idiots. My 50-year-old friend – let’s call her Susan – has recently started a new relationship after several years of singledom following a difficult divorce. I’m a little concerned about the dynamic I observed in Susan and this new person.

Firmer Discussions About an Oakton Community College Satellite in Evanston. The City of Evanston and Oakton Community College are discussing the possibility of building an Oakton satellite campus in Evanston.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Vice President Kamala Harris (White House photo, used by permission)

Masked People of the Day: Jan Schakowsky, Kamala Harris, and Tammy Duckworth. President Joe Biden said at the outset of his administration that he would ask everyone to wear a mask for the first 100 days to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The photo above of Vice President Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was taken when the Vice President visited Chicago. Senator Tammy Duckworth (shown in story) is pictured outside the U.S. Capitol.

COVID-19 Update on April 29: ­­­­­­­­­Seven New Cases in Evanston, 3,394 in the State. The City’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard reports that as of April 26, 75.6% of Evanston residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and 48.2% are fully vaccinated.

Jill Wine-Banks, a member of the Watergate prosecutorial team, spoke at a recent Levy Lecture. (Photo by Chris Vos)

Jill Wine-Banks, Author of ‘The Watergate Girl,’ Discusses Impact of Scandal, Lessons Learned, and Relevancy Today. Jill Wine-Banks, author of “The Watergate Girl,” was featured as a Levy Lecture speaker on April 20 as she spoke via Zoom to a group of nearly 400 people, mostly seniors. The candid conversation spanned nearly two hours, as she provided an overview of the Watergate scandal, her perspective on the recent and current political environment, and some heart-stopping observations about the Chauvin trial.

COVID-19 by the numbers: We are checking in with many sources to keep you updated on COVID-19 cases and vaccine information.

  • Seven cases were reported yesterday in Evanston, and the seven-day average is 11.
  • Northwestern University reported 59 new cases for the seven days ending Wednesday.
  • The number of cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days is 104 in Evanston, 142 in suburban Cook County, and 159 in Illinois.
  • Some 4.0 million or 31.1% of total Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.
  • If current vaccination rates persist, half of all Illinois residents will be fully vaccinated by early June and 70%, the threshold at which some experts believe herd immunity is achieved for COVID-19, by mid-July.

Evanston Vax Facts: According to City figures, 76% of Evanston residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 48% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Nearly 100% of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose and 89% are fully vaccinated. More details are available on the City’s Vaccine Dashboard.

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