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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Miguel Murillo, above, ties up scaffolding after spending Monday painting E2, Evanston’s largest apartment complex. He and four other contractors have been working on the building exterior for more than a month and still have another month to go. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

The RoundTable seeks to paint you a daily picture of life in Evanston – in Wildkit orange and Northwestern purple, lakefront blue and park green – and all the shades in between. Here are today’s colorful stories.

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The City of Evanston will hire consultants, revamp human resources policies and revise training, it said in its most comprehensive response to more than 60 allegations of racial discrimination made by a group of Black city employees. But despite calling it a “60-day roadmap,” the city has attached no firm deadlines.

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The Evanston Police Department collected 54 firearms, 44 BB and airsoft guns and multiple boxes of ammunition at a gun buyback on Saturday – so many weapons the event ran out of money. Some of those turning in guns had to be issued vouchers for repayment by the city clerk.

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Evanston/Skokie District 65, along with city staff and architecture and construction firm Cordogan Clark, will present four potential design concepts for the new Fifth Ward school campus at 6 p.m. tonight at a meeting at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. The fate of the Fleetwood-Jourdain building remains a key question mark in the plans for the new school on the site of Foster Field.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: 22 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Dec. 4, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 25.9 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Two businesses seek city help with big plans. The Evanston Economic Development Committee voted Nov. 30 to support granting more than $1 million to C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor and Whole & Free Foods. C&W’s owners would get $560,000 to acquire and renovate the building they rent. Whole & Free Foods would get $550,000 to improve a commercial kitchen site.

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The ETHS varsity chess team had its best result of the season, finishing in second place at the Palatine Pirate Team Tournament on Saturday. The Wildkits have two league matches remaining this month.

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Our theater critic Cissy Lacks says Northlight Theatre’s Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley is a seasonal treat that offers the engaging banter of social fabric in the tradition of Jane Austen, but with meat on the bones too.

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Ellen Fay Butkus, 1953-2022. Ellen (Jurs) Butkus, 69, a nurse whose work helping seniors age in place led to Senior Connections, died Nov. 28, three years, three months and 26 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was an active and involved Evanston resident for 43 years.

Light the Night, a new event hosted by the City of Evanston, will take place on the evening of Jan. 21, with nine light installations throughout the city. The deadline is Dec. 11 for artists and community members to submit proposals for solar-powered artistic light installations. Each winner will be given $150 for supplies.

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Around the web

Chicago’s Earliest Sunset of 2022 Takes Place This Week Usually, the earliest sunset of the year falls on Dec. 21. But this year it’s Dec. 8 at 4:21 pm.

Covid Concerns Over Conditions Disproportionately Harming Black Inmates Authorities anticipate jails and prisons will continue to be virus hot spots during variant surges. Chicago incarceration rates are on the rise, and as inmate populations grow, the virus continues to pose a threat inside Cook County Jail. 

Two $200,000 lottery tickets sold in Cook County Two people near you may be feeling lucky today. Two $200,000 winning Illinois Lottery tickets in the Dec. 3 drawing were sold in Cook County. Check your pockets and the numbers.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the Evanston RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative...