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Evanston RoundTable

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Real estate broker Vanessa Johnson-McCoy (left) and Kingsway Prep Principal Tamara Stewart-Hadaway joined about 75 others Wednesday at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center to discuss the results of a survey of Black residents about Evanston public schools. Facilitator Gilo Kwesi Logan is in the background. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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The City Council on May 8 tapped Evanston’s dwindling reservoir of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds and allocated $3 million to fund recommendations from the Evanston Thrives report intended to reinvigorate the city’s eight business districts as they emerge from COVID-19. 

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Incumbents Sergio Hernandez (left) and Mya Wilkins officially began new four-year terms and newcomer Omar Salem joined the District 65 School Board on Wednesday. The district faces some major challenges, including the construction of a new Fifth Ward school and hiring a new superintendent.

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RoundTable columnist Simone Larson, a Nichols Middle School teacher, talked with new District 65 board member Salem (above) about his goals, the process of running and what he learned about Evanston along the way.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: Two new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, May 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 3.4 cases per day. The RoundTable is discontinuing daily reporting of this data. The national COVID-19 emergency ends today.

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A protected bike lane on Chicago Avenue, from Davis Street south to Howard Street, is on city planners’ wish list. Traffic lanes would get narrower and streetlights would be upgraded – but there’s no cost estimate or funding for the plan yet.

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“The season between fall and spring, formerly known as winter, is due for a serious reassessment. That’s because there hardly is a winter anymore,” writes columnist Les Jacobson, who admits to a little “geezer talk” as he recalls the winter of ’67 and other blizzards and arctic blasts.

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ETHS Division 1 update: Jordin Kadiri (left) and Miles Granjean have joined the ranks of Evanston Township High School student-athletes headed to the top level of collegiate sports. We’ve added their comments to the eight profiles published previously.

The Evanston Art Center will showcase DéCouvert: Her Diasporan Chronicles of Self Discovery, featuring artists Ojo Agi and Laju Sholola, through May 21. The woman-owned Golden Our Collective will host a preview 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the art center, 1717 Central St.

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Daniel Rubin captured a lamppost’s eerie reflection on the Northwestern University lakefill. Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

Pandemic fiber exhibit ‘Raw Hope’ comes to Evanston. The exhibition by artist Janet Jaffke will run June 2-Aug. 9 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

Pilsen building owner steps up when Chicago Police Department station runs out of room for migrants in Chicago. Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez moved 70 migrants to a donated vacant commercial space in Pilsen.

CTA will receive $200 million in federal funding for new rail cars. The grant comes as Chicago’s public transit agency struggles to win back customers.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....