Credit: Evan Girard

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

That’s Mayor Daniel Biss juggling fire at the Evanston MashUp last night. It’s a neat trick and some days, we suspect, a pretty accurate political metaphor.

The RoundTable’s Evan Girard captured the above image, and we’ll share more photos from the annual event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, the City of Evanston and Northwestern University, later today on the website. But now on to today’s top stories.

More than 30 Black employees at the City of Evanston from at least 11 departments released an explosive 39-page report Tuesday night alleging racial discrimination by supervisors and white coworkers. According to the group, the city’s Human Resources department has failed to investigate racism complaints. After receiving the letter, the mayor and city manager’s office pledged to take action.

Albany Care, the psychiatric rehabilitation facility near Grey Park, had been restricted by the state and not allowed to accept new residents, but that probation ended some two weeks ago. On Tuesday, Community Support Specialist Jacques Marquis said Albany Care is trying to be a better neighbor, including constructing a second-floor smoking courtyard so residents won’t congregate in the street or on the sidewalks.

Evanston’s new Police Chief Schenita Stewart came to the joint Third and Fourth ward meeting on Tuesday, getting to know residents. She has an open door policy, but only up to a point. “Don’t come to me with your problems. Come to me with solutions,” she said. (The RoundTable recently talked with Stewart about her top priorities.)

Join the RoundTable next Thursday, Nov. 10, for an online conversation with journalist Margaret Sullivan. RoundTable Editor Susy Schultz will interview Sullivan about her recently published book Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life. The event is part of the RoundTable’s fall membership drive.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 13 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Nov. 1, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 15.1 cases per day.


In case you missed it: A recent town hall event gave interested residents an opportunity to ask questions about Evanston’s reparations initiative. Looking for more info? The Reparations Committee meets at 9 a.m. today, so check back for full coverage in the RoundTable.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Northwestern celebrated 50 years of Title IX and women’s college athletics with a conference last weekend. A special panel featuring women in the sports industry talked about the work left to be done. The good news: “We’re saying things out loud that we used to whisper.”

All the way from Houston, Bonnie & Clyde have come to Dance Center Evanston to tell their story. A troupe of 10 dancers will perform Friday and Saturday nights as the audience wanders from scene to scene in an immersive theater experience.

Credit: RoundTable file photo

College vs. career readiness? It’s time for Evanston to bury the “college for all” myth, writes Shelley Gates, former longtime head of Evanston Township High School’s Career and Technical Education department.

Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? Look no further than this weekend’s Rembrandt Chamber Musicians performance at Nichols Concert Hall – especially if you like Mozart.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, right around the corner. Photographer Joerg Metzner snapped the photo above outside the Morton Civic Center, where you can cast your ballot early through Monday, Nov. 7. To review the issues and candidates, check out the Roundtable’s ballot guide.


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Around the web

How anti-Pritzker PAC is trying to suppress the Black vote in Chicago. A political action committee is flooding the South and West sides of Chicago with anti-Pritzker fliers in an apparent attempt to limit Black voter turnout.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker moves to make abortion more accessible to people in prisons. Previously, incarcerated people had to pay for abortions themselves and the wages of guards required to accompany them to the procedure. Now, expenses will be covered by the state.

CTA President Dorval Carter In The Hot Seat As Fed-Up Commuters Want Him To Resign. As public transit riders continue to battle transportation delays and trains or buses that simply never show up, commuters are calling for the ouster of the CTA president.


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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...