Good Sunday morning, Evanston!

Somewhere out there, possibly in Evanston, is a new millionaire, according to the Illinois Lottery. While it’s considerably less than the $1.3 billion Mega Millions ticket purchased in Maine (the winner of which is still unidentified), the $1 million Illinois winner bought his or her ticket at the 7-Eleven at 847 N. Dodge Ave. Was it you?

We, at the RoundTable, already won the lottery when photographer Richard Cahan walked in our door. His At This Time project, capturing Evanston life via one daily photo for a year is pure gold. Cahan recaps the effort, and we post the 245 pictures together here. The project debut, shown above, pictured swimmer Michelle Milne taken at 7:02 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Now, on to the most important news this past week, via the most-read RoundTable stories and a few new ones as well.

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and if you have no plans, here are some ways to celebrate, including service opportunities, a concert, a film screening and a vigil.

This past week, graduate students at Northwestern voted overwhelmingly to unionize by a whopping 1644-114, a 94% margin in favor.

A 31-year-old man was arrested at the Evanston Public Library Monday and charged with battery after he punched, kicked and threw a chair at a security guard.

After months of uncertainty about fundraising for a potential renovation, the Artists Book House informed the city Thursday it is leaving the Harley Clarke Mansion.

Entrepreneur and author Steven Rogers was outraged when he heard how Black families in the late 1920s were forced out of northwest Evanston. So he bought the original site of their homes and plans to build a memorial.

Property taxes are going up this year, and the RoundTable analyzed all the tax levies filed by Dec. 31, 2022, to figure out by how much. The full analysis is here

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With just 342 participants (including fewer than 5% of residents from the Fifth Ward), the city’s Fifth Ward Foster Campus survey failed to draw much response, according to city staff and the mayor. So Monday, staff urged city council to slow down the pace, gather more input as well as renegotiate its agreement with District 65.

ETHS is trending in the wrong direction on several key measures of student and teacher wellbeing, according to experts who analyzed the schools’ 5Essentials survey results.

A proposed tree preservation ordinance would mean property owners would need a permit to cut down any tree six inches or larger in diameter. The Environment Board debated the proposal Thursday. The ordinance goes to the city council Feb. 13.

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The City of Evanston is using TIF funds to buy a laundromat on Howard Street for $950,000. It plans to combine the 9,000-square-foot property with an adjacent parcel for a mixed-use affordable housing development in the Eighth Ward.

The Land Use Commission granted a special use permit Wednesday for a new “apartment hotel” to housing investor Cameel Halim to convert the long-shuttered assisted living facility at 1555 Oak Avenue into a 67-unit apartment hotel.

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City council greenlighted a plan to convert Evanston’s Masonic Temple, a local landmark that has sat vacant in recent years, into a 30-unit apartment building.

As Evanston redistricts its wards for the first time in 20 years, the committee dealing with that task hopes to keep the process simple.

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On Tuesday when residents met at Chandler-Newberger Community Center to discuss ideas for the renovation of Independence Park, something was missing from the session: No arguing among attendees.

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The city council voted Monday to reject the bag tax ordinance and send it back to committee.

More community input is needed if Mt. Pisgah Ministry wants its plans approved for a large-scale redevelopment at Church Street and Darrow Avenue, the city’s Land Use Commission determined Wednesday.

In his latest “Eye on Evanston” column on urban design and architecture, Jack Weiss explores the life and career of Henry K. Holsman, who designed Sherman Garden Apartments in Evanston and several iconic public housing developments in Chicago.

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There was a lot of ETHS basketball this weekend, and while there was not a lot of winning, there were some great moments captured by our sports photographer Michael Kellams, also known as thatphotodad.com. Here’s our coverage: Wildkit boys basketball game Friday and Saturday; Wildkit girls basketball Saturday.


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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...

Duncan Agnew

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...

Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...

Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...