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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

After the District 65 School Board published a statement criticizing the City Council’s rejection of an Intergovernmental Agreement surrounding the use of funds raised by a 5th Ward TIF District, the city released a public response Wednesday afternoon.

“The City has always taken District 65’s concerns seriously, including the deeply troubling threats and vandalism experienced by some school board members earlier this year, and is committed to continuing to work together to develop solutions that allocate finite resources effectively and equitably, ensuring that no one organization or individual receives resources above and beyond any other,” the city’s reply to District 65 said.

COVID-19 vaccine doses are delivered to NorthShore University HealthSystem. (Photo from NorthShore University HealthSystem)

Following a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday officially approved the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years old.

In the coming weeks, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 plans to help its students under 12 get the shot at various locations in the community. Dr. Devon Horton, the district’s superintendent, wrote a letter to families last week about local efforts to vaccinate the younger school-aged population in Evanston.

Aux entrepreneurs (from left): Lori Laser, Gabrielle JP Walker, Juli Kaufmann, Jacqui White, Tosha Wilson (partially obscured), Jessie Tobin, Tiffini Holmes and Gabori Partee Sr. pose for a photo near the entrance. (Photo by Kristin Brown)

Council holds off on request for $1 million in ARPA funds for Aux Black business hub, seeks fuller picture. Evanston City Council members at their November 1 meeting deferred acting on a request for $1 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds from local entrepreneurs to create The Aux, a commercial hub for Black business groups.

COVID by the numbers: Six new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is eight.

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Chefs hard at work at the new Meals on Wheels kitchen. (Photo provided by Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Illinois)

Meals on Wheels showcases new Evanston kitchen with pie fundraiser. Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Illinois is settling into its new food production facility on Simpson Street in Evanston after a kitchen campaign funded a major upgrade.

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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...