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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

You might think the end of November is too late in the year for golf. But then you wouldn’t be dedicated golfers Peter Mudd, from left, John McCarron, Ed Brunt and Drew Petterson, who were out Tuesday at Canal Shores, undeterred by wind and cold. New course manager KemperSports is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the American Legion Post 42, 1030 Central St., to discuss plans for the course.

Now, keep your head down, adjust your stance and play through to today’s top stories.

While talking to voters on Election Day, RoundTable reporter Gina Castro discovered a stark disparity: Evanston’s Fifth and Eighth wards, the two wards with the largest Black populations, have half the polling places of the city’s other wards. And neither city nor county officials saw the disparity as an issue until they were contacted by the RoundTable.

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At 7 p.m. tonight the Land Use Commission holds a public hearing on the special use permit that would allow the Margarita Inn to become a permanent shelter for people who are homeless. Ahead of that session, the RoundTable’s Richard Cahan talked with four current or former residents of the shelter.

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Some 30 residents debated possibilities for the proposed expansion of the Fifth Ward’s Beck Park during a public meeting Tuesday night. Community members were skeptical whether what they say makes any difference. “The city does what it wants to do,” said one resident.


In case you missed it

Read up on Ryan Field: With Northwestern football’s disappointing 1-11 season in the books, attention turns to the university’s proposal for a new $800 million stadium to replace Ryan Field. A consultant recently claimed the project would produce more than $1 billion in economic benefits for Evanston by 2031.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 23 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Nov. 28, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 14.9 cases per day.


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Senior guard Dafina Ukaj led the Wildkits in a taut 44-40 victory over Maine South in the Central Suburban League South division basketball opener Tuesday. The win over the defending division champs was sweet revenge for a season-ending loss to the Hawks last year.

Y.O.U. at Bessie Rhodes: Nonprofit Youth and Opportunity United won a state grant to provide after-school programming to students, making Bessie Rhodes Y.O.U.’s 10th school partner.

Get in the holiday spirit early next month with the annual Evanston Symphony Orchestra holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the ETHS auditorium. And yes, Santa and his elves are expected to make their customary appearance.

Picturing Evanston. This painted utility box by Mia Larson on Orrington Avenue and Church Street could be titled “Somebody please stop and play with us.” (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

A World Cup odyssey through Chicago’s soccer-loving ethnic communities. With the World Cup in full swing, WBEZ ventured to gatherings of German, Croatian and Argentine supporters over the weekend.

Dozens of languages spoken in Chicago homes reflect the city’s wide-ranging diversity. About a third of people in Chicago over the age of 5 speak something other than English at home. Spanish is by far the most common non-English language, and Chinese is more popular than Polish, new Census data shows.

GOP leaders McCarthy, McConnell condemn Nick Fuentes, whose path to hate started in Chicago suburbs. Outspoken antisemite Fuentes, 24, who grew up in LaGrange Park and attended Lyons Township High School, recently dined with Donald Trump.


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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...