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An Evanston lead service line replacement, as seen in a recent city presentation. (City of Evanston photo) Credit: City of Evanston

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

The Lead Service Replacement Loan Program, which started in 2017, offered assistance to residents with lead service lines that lived in areas impacted by the city’s water main improvement projects. On Jan. 10, the City Council passed a resolution stating that on March 1, the city will forgive the remaining loan balances.

Evanston will move forward with new initiatives to deter youth violence in 2022, tapping federal COVID recovery funds to pay for the programs. Council members approved an allocation of $552,5000 of the $41.3 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds the city is receiving to expand the “My City, Your City, Our City” program.

COVID by the numbers: 57 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 108 cases per day.

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Animal Welfare Board talks possible cat limits, fire rescue adoptions, plans for new shelter. Evanston’s Animal Welfare Board met virtually Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, to discuss a possible city ordinance limiting the number of cats residents may own, plans for a new shelter and an update on the cats rescued from the Dewey Avenue fire. 

State Rep. Robyn Gabel announces run for re-election. Gabel, an Evanston resident, has represented the 18th District in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2010.

ETHS girls basketball: Girls rise to occasion, end losing streak. Butler Prep of Chicago, one of the leading Class 2A state championship contenders in the state of Illinois, filled in a void in the schedule Wednesday, and the Wildkits rose to the occasion with a 51-41 victory at Beardsley Gym.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7186 of Evanston honors lifetime member. Born at Cook County Hospital in 1930, Samuel Jones was raised in Evanston and attended Evanston Township High School before he decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 1947.

At this time: 9:23 a.m. Wednesday. The Evanston City Council voted this week to get rid of the 15 city-owned publication dispensers like this one under the Davis Street Metra Station. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Kits find the answers in fourth quarter comeback. ETHS boys basketball began January on the right note Tuesday night at Beardsley Gym, as seniors Isaiah Moore and Rashawn Bost stepped up to lead the Wildkits past Niles North 51-45.

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Around the web

Evanston businesses react to vaccine mandate. Evanston business owners responded with mixed feelings about the new vaccination requirements to enter indoor restaurants, bars and gyms.

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch vows to pass anti-crime package. In an interview with WBEZ, Welch said one of his priorities for the upcoming state legislative session is passing a bill to fight recent increases in carjackings and retail thefts.

Chicago Students Return To Classrooms — But Some Already Sent Home To Quarantine: ‘This Whole System Has Been A Mess’. After a weeklong labor dispute between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union concluded this week, a return to in-person learning hasn’t offered many solutions.

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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...