Happy Friday, Evanston!

July is winding down, and suddenly school and fall don’t seem that far off! Can you take advantage of the last few weekends of summer before school starts again? How are you and your family spending August? Are you finishing projects, summer jobs, classes or squeezing in a week of vacation, a day trip or just a casual walk to the ice cream store with friends? Please send us photographs of you at play (or even at work). Identify those in the picture and send it to susy@evanstonroundtable.com. Thank you. Now, on to the news.

Carol Mitten, the lone candidate for city manager, answered questions from the public during a town hall meeting at the Civic Center Thursday night, which was moderated by Mayor Daniel Biss. There was skepticism in the council chamber about Mitten’s candidacy, with people holding signs like “This Mitten doesn’t fit.” And the Eighth and Fifth Ward watch parties had their share of concerns as well. But Mitten addressed accusations about transparency and police accountability.

GoFundMe fundraiser campaign was created Thursday afternoon to help pay for the medical expenses of the teenage victim of Monday night’s shooting, who is referred to in the post as Marie. The Evanston Police Department said Thursday evening that the girl remains in critical condition and no arrests have yet been made.

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The store that will last forever. The front wall of the curious little store at 1243 Chicago Ave., just south of Evanston SPACE, was razed on Thursday. But the building is not gone forever. A large percentage of the material that went into the store will be recycled.

COVID-19 update as of July 28: Cook County stays in ‘high’ community risk level, Evanston in ‘medium’ risk level. The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 172 for the week ending July 27, compared to 167 for the week ending July 21, an increase of 3%. Two Evanstonians died due to COVID-19 during the week ending July 27. The total number of Evanston deaths due to COVID-19 is now 155.  

Man charged in July 14 murder being held without bond. A 20-year-old Evanston resident being held without bond will be back in court on Aug. 16. He faces a first degree murder charge for the killing of Servando Hamros, 29, two weeks ago. The RoundTable had more details on the arrest and the lag of information released to the public by police.

Mayor Daniel Biss: Reflecting over the past two weeks. “We cannot react to heinous acts of violence with mere resignation. We cannot let our nation’s gun violence epidemic leave us numb (and by the way, once we allow ourselves to head down that path, it won’t be long before we also lose our capacity to be shocked by events like what happened in Highland Park on July 4),” Biss wrote in a public letter.

Bookends & Beginnings’ Top 10 June BestsellersThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Idiot by Elif Batuman Selin and Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris topped the book store’s charts last month.

At This Time: Thursday at 3:56 p.m. Our view of the galaxies. From Raymond Park near downtown Evanston. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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STEM School Evanston seeks feedback from Black residents. Local nonprofit STEM School Evanston is gathering survey data and responses from Black Evanstonians to learn more about their educational experiences and about how District 65 should structure classes and curricula at the new Fifth Ward school.

Surprise Deal Would Be Most Ambitious Climate Action Undertaken by U.S. Democratic Senate leadership surprised even Capital Hill insiders by announcing this week it has the votes to pass a $369 billion climate resilience package, offering billions in tax incentives for renewable energy projects and nuclear power plants.

Illinois has the most Muslims per capita in the US. A new report provides a snapshot of their needs. The report, published by the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition and two social policy think tanks, shows more than half of the state’s 350,000 American Muslims reported experiencing religious discrimination, compared to 24% of the overall Illinois population. “A snapshot of Illinois’ Muslims is a snapshot of American Muslims,” one of the report’s researchers said.

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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...