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The members of the Evanston City Council have signed a letter of apology to the young female lifeguards and beach staff who maintained the City failed to act on allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct they brought in a petition to officials in July 2020.

The City has engaged an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation of the charges.

Mayor Daniel Biss read a copy of the letter into the record at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor Biss wears red stilettos on a walk through Dawes Park. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Here’s a sentence you probably didn’t see coming: Mayor Daniel Biss strutted through Dawes Park last weekend in a pair of red stilettos.

Well, perhaps “stumbled” would be a better word. The Mayor, along with several other men, learned the challenges of walking in heels while participating in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, hosted Oct. 3 by the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault.

The event raised awareness of sexual violence, and the heels symbolized gender bias.

A previous rendering of The Emerson from City of Evanston materials provided by the Housing Authority of Cook County

The Design and Plan Review Committee (DAPR) of the City Council approved a few changes to The Emerson, a mixed-income senior development at 1900 Emerson St, on Sept. 29.

“A lot of this is standard design and development changes as we go from conceptual design … into design development,” said Bill James of Camiros, Ltd., a Chicago-based planning consultancy working on the project.  

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...