Evanston RoundTable

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

It’s yet another day to be careful out there. The National Weather Service gives us an apocalyptic prediction for today. It is déjà vu all over again. Heat, heat, dangerous heat, more of what we had yesterday as an excessive heart warning continues until 8 p.pm. (Midway Airport recorded a temperature of 100 degrees yesterday for the first time in 10 years.)

The good news? There is a cold front moving in. The bad consequence? It means the two competing fronts will clash making thunderstorms tonight highly likely with a “limited” chance of hail and tornados. The RoundTable hopes you understand, we do not make the weather, we just report it because we care. Now, on to other news.

The Evanston City Council voted Monday evening to tighten its COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for council members as well as for boards, committees and commissions.

Mayor Daniel Biss had proposed the amendments to council rules on COVID-19 vaccination and testing to clarify any ambiguities, said Kelley Gandurski, Interim City Manager, in a memo to the council.

EPD and District 65 are close to completing their respective investigations into three nooses found in a tree between Haven Middle School and Kingsley Elementary School on May 13, Superintendent Devon Horton said at the District 65 school board meeting Monday, June 13.

In the month since the incident occurred, both the police and the school district have yet to provide any new information or details to the public regarding the investigations into the nooses.

Neither the tornado warning nor torrential rain dampened the party atmosphere at Monday night’s Evanston Township High School District 202 board meeting. Most of the meeting was about good news, as it was Superintendent Eric Witherspoon’s last meeting before he retires on June 30. Marcus Campbell, who has served as Assistant Superintendent and ETHS Principal since 2013, will succeed Witherspoon. A draft presentation of the more than $99 million 2022-2023 budget was also accepted unanimously during the last 20 minutes of the two-hour-and-40-minute meeting. 

COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 cases were reported on Monday, June 13, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 28.7 cases per day.

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Credit: Meleika Gardner

For artist and curator Fran Joy, curating is a political act. In 2019, local artist Fran Joy was presented with the Mayor’s Artist of the Year Award at a reception at the Block Museum. She won it not just for her artwork but also for her work on social justice and women, topics her art often deals with.

Ten easy gifts for Dad and most favored child status for you. Skip the trip to the mall this year and save your gas money by choosing one of these sure-to-please selections available locally, like a concert at Evanston SPACE (above).

ETHS athletes honored at District 202 board meeting. There were glowing words of praise for the school’s athletes and teams at the June 13 District 202 board meeting. Athletic Director Chris Livatino regaled board members with stories about the athletic accomplishments of the last two years, since there wasn’t a way to celebrate in person during the pandemic.

Bookends & Beginnings’ top 10 May bestsellers: Leading the list is Book Lovers by Emily Henry, about a literary agent and an editor who can’t seem to avoid each other despite their mutual aversion in this enemies-to-lovers romance centered around books. Planes by Peter C. Baker is No. 2.

At This Time: Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. Volunteers distribute fruit and vegetables at the Robert Crown Community Center. The Greater Chicago Food Depository provides the food and Interfaith Action of Evanston provides volunteers at the food giveaway on the second Tuesday of every month. Some 269 people lined up for produce this month, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. “People really need this food,” said Mary Beth Roth, coordinator of the event. “Our numbers are going up every month this year. Inflation is affecting people more and more.” Volunteer Linirose McKeown is in the foreground. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

The Mather makes $500,000 donation to The AUX, a commercial hub dedicated to healing, wellness and racial equity. The Mather, a Life Plan Community in Evanston, is making a one-time restricted grant of $500,000 to support the development of the AUX, a commercial hub located in Evanston that will support entrepreneurs of color and social enterprises that are dedicated to promoting wellness and empowering individuals to thrive.

Picturing Evanston. The colorful Don Baker Front Porch at Youth & Opportunity United on Church Street west of Dodge Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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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...