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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Don’t let the photo above fool you – it’s not beach weather out there. But the image from photographer Richard Cahan is one of 10 “Evanston Scenes” featured in a package of greeting cards that the RoundTable is sending to donors who give $150 or more during our ongoing NewsMatch fundraising drive.

The actual Evanston weather forecast: Snow and rain and temps in the mid-30s. Sorry. Let’s change the subject – on to more news.

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The City Council on Monday seemed to make a significant move on budget negotiations by indicating support for funding police and fire pensions at 100% to meet the state’s 2040 target goal. Under First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly’s proposal, the city would tap reserve funds and other non-property tax revenues.

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Evanston Township High School administrators told the school board on Monday that they’re not happy with the latest student achievement data. The school has plans, but “it’s going to take time,” said Pete Bavis, left, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

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The churches are still called St. Mary, St. Nicholas, St. Athanasius and St. Joan of Arc, but Evanston’s four Catholic parishes, which merged into two last summer, have announced new parish names. Here’s what Cardinal Blase Cupich chose.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 20 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Nov. 13, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 16.7 cases per day.

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Mas Salud, with tapas-style Mexican food, is set to open this winter. LeTour, from Amy Morton, officially debuts Thursday. Minding Our Own Businesses columnist Isabelle Reiniger serves up the scoop on businesses coming, going and changing.

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Evanston Township High School senior Mateo Solis is an international karate champ, and he’s ready for the next round: the college campus. Find out how he went from Fonseca Martial Arts to the Pan American Championships in Mexico City.

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The North Shore Choral Society may not appear to be on the vanguard of diversity, but Assistant Conductor Tierra Whetstone-Christian led the choir Sunday in an all African American concert. The music included everything from the Black national anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, to holiday pieces and spirituals. Give it a listen.

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Guest Essay: “Our perception and expectation of schools has shifted. Their mission has moved well beyond academics and now often includes overseeing the shaping of students’ moral, political and social development,” writes Mark Collins, a longtime teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Letter to the editor: “Emergency Climate Action is hard to find in the proposed $400 million 2023 budget. You might assume the budget would be packed with climate action funds to help Evanston households join the fight against climate change. Sadly, not so,” writes Sixth Ward resident Mike Vasilko. 

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Evanston Township High School student Charlie Kremin was recognized by Evanston Fire Department’s Local 742 as this year’s Marty Leoni Award recipient. He received a $2,000 scholarship toward college expenses.

As a young teen, Frances Willard tried writing a novel, Rupert Melville and His Comrades: A Story of Adventure. She read it aloud to friends and family “as fast as it was written.” Learn about the 165-page unfinished manuscript that shows another side to the famed temperance advocate.

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Weinberg senior named 2023 Rhodes Scholar for international service. Irena Petryk, daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, has raised funds for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. The Northwestern student interns with the White House Council of Economic Advisors.

Northwestern refuses to voluntarily recognize graduate workers union, NUGW to pursue union election in coming days. Provost Kathleen Hagerty told the group the university will not recognize it until grad students hold an election.

Cook County Prosecutors Undecided on New R. Kelly Trial. R&B star R. Kelly might face sexual abuse charges involving four Chicago-area women. He already has been convicted of federal charges for raping underage girls.

Kellogg to launch Janet and Craig Duas chossois Veteran Scholarship Fund. The Janet and Craig Duchossois Veteran Scholarship Fund donated $4 million to the Kellogg School of Management to provide scholarships for military veterans.

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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...