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District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton and his family at a back-to-school event in fall 2021. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Last week, the RoundTable sat down with Devon Horton, the superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65, to discuss his early experiences in Evanston, the challenges he has faced and his goals for the future. Horton became superintendent in June 2020, amid a global pandemic and a nationwide reckoning with historical racism.

With Evanston City Council members still mulling their decision, the leading candidate to become the city’s next City Manager has accepted a job elsewhere, leaving the city at square one. Daniel Ramos notified the city that he had “accepted a prestigious position with another community…As the City Council does not see a path forward with the current search, it intends to restart the search process with a new executive recruitment firm as quickly as possible,” the city’s statement said.

COVID by the numbers: 22 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day daily average is 71.

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At this time: 7:31 a.m. Tuesday. A hazy shade of winter. Morning frost above Greenwood Street near Hinman Avenue. More of the same is expected on Wednesday. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

District 65 pledges to take on financial burden caused by postponing Nichols Middle School trip. After back-and-forth email correspondence yesterday, Superintendent Devon Horton and Nichols Middle School parents cleared up a miscommunication regarding a planned trip that District 65 canceled. 

Les Jacobson: Hang on. Given the terrific speed with which our planet spins on its axis and whirls through the universe, is it any wonder we can barely maintain a grip on social civility and government functionality?

Evanston issues Cold Weather Advisory. With extremely cold temperatures expected over the next two days, the city’s Health & Human Services Department has issued a Cold Weather Advisory and is providing residents with information on warming facilities and tips to stay safe.

Rotary Club offers free bystander intervention training to counter Asian-American harassment. With anti-Asian-American and xenophobic harassment rising nationwide, nine Chicagoland organizations are conducting bystander intervention training on a free Zoom webinar on Feb.17.  

ETHS hosts 18th annual Jazz Festival Feb. 12. More than 30 of Illinois’ top high school jazz bands and ensembles will perform in the 18th annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival on Feb. 12. The daylong event culminates with an evening concert by trumpeter Orbert Davis and his powerful octet.

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Evanston’s Community Alliance for Better Government works to increase transparency, inform community. Four local activists created the grassroots organization in 2018 to advocate for more public input on city decisions after Evanston fired Kevin Brown, the director of a youth outreach program.

Illinois Dentists Report Worker Shortages Due to COVID-19 Pandemic. As dentists across Illinois experience staffing shortages and an increased demand for dental appointments, the Illinois Dental Society is asking state officials to consider teledentistry and other services to help fill the demand.

Nearly 10,000 women traveled from out of state to have an abortion in Illinois in 2020. That number represents a nearly 30% increase from 2019 and just over 20% of all the abortions performed statewide in 2020.

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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...