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Good Friday morning, Evanston.

District 65 hosted the first of five different presentations on the Student Assignment Project, a multi-year effort to address equity concerns associated with the district’s structure by putting together a plan which may create new school boundaries and a school in the Fifth Ward.

At the Tuesday, Jan. 18 meeting, Diversity and Leadership Consultant Gilo Kewsi Logan said current School District Attendance Maps in Evanston don’t look very different now than they did in 1966, before the elementary schools were desegregated in 1967. As a result, hundreds of children in the city’s predominantly Black Fifth Ward are bused to schools in other neighborhoods.

Mayor Daniel Biss. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Mayor Daniel Biss is pledging an open process in his appointment of a candidate to fill the position of Ninth Ward Council member Cicely Fleming.

Speaking at the City Council Rules Committee meeting Jan. 19, Biss said candidates interested in filling the seat will have a chance to apply online. He added that there will be a “public component” as well and he indicated he was still conferring with Fleming about how best to proceed.

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At this time: 1:03 p.m. Thursday. A woman heads toward the Robert Crown Community Center on one of the coldest days of the year. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Rule change would lift restrictions for Reparations Committee members eligible to receive housing awards. Normally, members of a public body are unable to receive gifts related to their government service, but the city attorney recently recommended council members amend the city code to allow Reparations Committee members to receive benefits.

COVID-19 Update: 58 new cases in Evanston on Jan. 19; 23,246 in the State on Jan. 20. The number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased in Evanston in the last week, according to the city, which is now reporting the data with a one-day time lag.

Eco & The Flamingo will be Evanston’s first zero-waste business. (Photo provided)

First zero-waste store opens in Evanston. At Eco & The Flamingo, a zero-waste general store at 1551 Sherman Ave., Evanston shoppers will find a range of zero-waste and eco-friendly products including items for bath, body, health, beauty, home cleaning needs, coffee and tea and more.

Perspective Gallery announces 12th annual international fine art photography exhibition. The show, titled LENS 22, will be on display March 3-27 at the gallery, 1310 Chicago Ave. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

KemperSports selected to manage Canal Shores Golf Course. KemperSports announced today that it has been selected by the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association to manage Canal Shores Golf Course. Plans are in place to improve course conditions, create a more comfortable social experience for both pre- and post-rounds and assist in implementing an Ecological Master Plan.

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Local teen Eli Coustan creates website to locate COVID-19 tests. Coustan, a 14-year-old freshman at Evanston Township High School, recently built findacovidtest.org after realizing that procuring a test was “extremely difficult” while trying to find one before meeting with his aunt for Christmas.

Black neighborhoods in Chicago have water debt 10 times higher than white areas. A report published Tuesday by two nonprofits analyzed water billing account records between 2015 and 2020 which found that “water has become unaffordable for Chicago’s poorest residents.”

Elite Club Members Tried To Stop Nikole Hannah-Jones’ MLK Day Speech. So She Schooled Them Using Dr. King’s Words. The Union League Club of Chicago invited Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and writer who created “The 1619 Project” at the N.Y. Times to give a speech on MLK Day this week, but some members thought that her presence would “dishonor Dr. King.”

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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...