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From September through December of 2021, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 did not withhold the correct amount of federal taxes from the paychecks of 33 newly hired educators, according to sources with knowledge of the situation and an email to teachers from District 65 Educators’ Council President Maria Barroso. 

The payroll mistake by the district resulted in those 33 teachers wrongly receiving higher take-home pay, according to District 65. In an email to members of DEC dated Jan. 14, Barroso wrote that the error could have tax consequences. 

Officials at NorthShore University HealthSystem, which currently has 1,300 job openings, are seeking city support to develop a health care workforce pipeline for students and young adults.

Members of the Evanston’s Economic Development Committee were supportive of the plan at their Jan. 26 meeting, though a local activist questioned whether NorthShore needs $200,000 from the city’s American Recovery Plan Act funds.

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COVID-19 update as of Feb. 3: 107 new cases in Evanston on Feb. 2, with 9,463 in the state. In the last week, new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to decline in Evanston, indicating the surge due to the omicron variant may have peaked. Unfortunately, six Evanstonians died due to COVID-19 in the last week.

Snack Shack is open for business at Park School. (Photo: Jennifer Flaxman)

‘A team effort’ at Park School. Teachers at Park School, a public therapeutic learning environment for students with disabilities, support 61 students ages 3 to 22 through efforts like the Snack Shack, which helps students build skills as they sell items to classmates.

ETHS basketball: Rivalry returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena. New Trier and ETHS will play a varsity girls-boys basketball doubleheader tonight, the first time since the 2012-13 school year that the rivalry will be held on Northwestern University’s court.

At this time: 8:22 a.m. Thursday. The Crofts on a snow day. Dad Terence leads the way down Grant Street with mom Caterina behind. Ella, one of the twins, says hi to a new friend as Ben investigates the landscape. “We go on a walk every day, except in blizzards,” said Ella, 6. That’s Rosy the lab and Darwin the beagle. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Evanston Chamber Opera presents Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Evanston Chamber Opera Company marks its fifth season with a fully staged production of “Hansel and Gretel” in March.

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Around the web

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been released from prison. Van Dyke served less than half of his prison sentence for the on-duty killing of Black teen Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Here’s how Evanston’s newly elected council members are advancing their agendas. “When … Ald. Clare Kelly (1st), Ald. Jonathan Nieuwsma (4th), Ald. Bobby Burns (5th) and Ald. Devon Reid (8th) were elected to the dais for the first time last April, they promised increased affordability, environmental sustainability, equity and transparency,” The Daily Northwestern reports.

So long, omicron: White House eyes next phase of pandemic. As COVID-19 cases continue to fall in many areas across the country after the massive omicron surge, the Biden administration has shifted its focus on the “new normal.”

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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...