Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

It’s another gorgeous fall day today. Yesterday, RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan captured a moment of remembrance: Ayanna Brown dancing in Twiggs Park at a memorial service for those in the homeless community who died during the past year. “To me it’s special to honor those who passed,” said Brown, a community case manager with Connections for the Homeless. “Some people leave and don’t have family or friends, so I pay honor to them out of respect.” 

Now, on to more news.

Credit: League of Women Voters

Last night the League of Women Voters hosted a congressional candidate forum featuring U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and her Republican opponent Max Rice. Schakowsky stressed reproductive rights, the safeguarding of democracy and affordable health care as key issues, while Rice focused on restructuring federal agencies and emphasized crime and safety topics. He also brought up concerns about voter fraud, though there has been little evidence of any widespread fraud.

Credit: Evanston Thrives presentation via City of Evanston YouTube presentation

Consultants working on a new retail strategies study presented some hopeful preliminary findings to the city’s Economic Development Committee last week and highlighted positive signs for Evanston. The consultants said brick-and-mortar retail is proving to be resilient, commercial vacancies in the city are on par with other municipalities in the area and Evanston’s sales tax performance shows steady year-over-year growth.

Credit: Evanston Chamber of Commerce

How do we honor businesses that are an important, memorable part of Evanston? The city’s Legacy Business Program is working to answer that question. A brainstorming session last week at the Morton Civic Center brought together city officials and representatives of longtime businesses like Bennison’s Bakery, Hecky’s Barbecue, Chiropractic First, Belgian Chocolatier Piron and Cahill Plumbing.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 26 new cases and no new deaths were reported Oct. 2, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 11.3 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Credit: Wendi Kromash

Wendi Kromash: It’s more than just a bench. This bench, located under a shady tree just outside a condominium at the corner of Kenzie Street and Judson Avenue, is more than a place to enjoy the fall weather. The RoundTable’s Wendi Kromash shares a touching story about her latest labor of love.

ETHS’ Bellios on his way to state golf finals. The Evanston senior will be the lone Wildkit in the Class 3A Illinois High School Association state golf tournament. On the girls side, senior Amelie Koecher missed out on an at-large individual berth by two strokes while competing at the 2A Glenbrook North Sectional.

Credit: Andrew Fisher

Week in photos: Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Andrew Fisher shares a number of amazing and beautiful pictures of Evanston’s trees as we present a variety of photos from around the city.

Credit: Main-Dempster Mile

Main-Dempster Mile presents Fall Fest and pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 8. Three Evanstonians will have the opportunity to win $100 prizes at the second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Picturing Evanston. Architectural details from another time greet passersby at the corner of Howard Street and Clyde Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Can liberal Evanston atone for its racist past? asks The New Republic: “Black Lives Matter signs proliferate throughout the city. But will residents of all races be willing to pay more taxes, shift budget priorities, or otherwise sacrifice in small or big ways to address harm done to Black people across generations?”

In lawsuits, survivors and victims’ families say gun maker and dealers are liable for shooting in Highland Park. Lawsuits filed in Lake County name Smith & Wesson, manufacturer of the weapon used in the attack; Bud’s Gun Shop; and Red Dot Arms, in addition to the alleged gunman and his father, who co-signed for his son’s state firearms ID card.

Planned Parenthood plans mobile abortion clinic in Illinois. Planned Parenthood officials have announced plans for a mobile abortion clinic – a 37-foot RV that will stay in Illinois but travel close to the borders of adjoining states that have banned the procedure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Illinois criticized over funding equity for low-income schools. A recent report from the Partnership for Equity and Education Rights Illinois and the Education Law Center found that 1.7 million students from 83% of Illinois school districts still attend underfunded schools.


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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...