Good Sunday morning, Evanston!
It’s a crisp fall morning today. The ETHS Wildkits scored another victory. Northwestern, alas, did not fare as well in their homecoming game vs. Wisconsin (but the marching band alumni, above, returned in force for halftime). Election season is upon us. Voting can be overwhelming, but the RoundTable’s roundup answers all your pressing questions so you can make your vote count Nov. 8.
There’s a lot of news to get to this week. So here’s a look at the RoundTable’s top recent stories:
Evanston dog owners already know that owning a pooch in this city can carry a pretty hefty pricetag. But just how much does it cost to make that doggie in the window your own? The RoundTable’s Wendi Kromash totals it all up.
In a dramatic and dangerous effort, eight boaters were rescued from Lake Michigan at about 5 p.m. Thursday after a sudden change in weather that capsized their crafts and left people bobbing in the choppy Lake Michigan waters. The rescue, spread out over a mile across the lakefront, was successfully coordinated by the Evanston Fire Department and rescuers from the Northwestern Sailing Center. No one was hospitalized and all the boaters were accounted for.
Last weekend’s American Craft Exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden will be the last to be sponsored by NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Auxiliary – the 86-year-old Auxiliary is being disbanded. The exhibition’s fate and whether it will continue with another sponsor is yet undecided.
And now, in case you missed any of the most important news last week, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the RoundTable this past week.
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Photo essay: Northlight will bring ‘much-needed economic relief to the downtown.’ Hundreds of Evanstonians gathered Thursday at the Theater on the Lake in Chicago for its annual gala. Money raised went straight to the extensive educational programs, which serve Evanston.
Reparations committee feels pressure to disburse grants to city’s ancestors. Several people in line for reparations grants have died before receiving a dime. The Reparations Committee voted to back using the graduated real estate transfer tax to fund reparations, and it’s considering other revenue streams too.
Neighbor panel on Margarita Inn shelter faces tight deadline. About 38 people volunteered to be part of the Margarita Inn Good Neighbor Agreement committee. The agreement is expected to be a positive good-faith step as Connections for the Homeless seeks a special-use zoning permit for its shelter. The Land Use Commission is set to consider the permit Nov. 30 and the agreement is expected to be ready by then.
Council members weigh revamping how public discussion items are set. The Referrals Committee members consider agenda items suggested by the Mayor, a Council Member or the City Manager. But some committee members argue this process isn’t equitable.
Public Safety and Health
Meet Officer Galindo, building bridges with the Latinx community. EPD officer Cesar Galindo grew up in a bilingual, immigrant home. Now, he uses his knowledge of the Latino community to facilitate conversations with the local police.
COVID-19 update as of Oct. 6: Both Evanston and Cook County remain in the ‘low’ community risk level. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to urge eligible people to get the updated COVID-19 booster shot, especially those most vulnerable to severe illness.
Evanston’s voting guide for the 2022 general election. Are you registered to vote? Do you know where to vote? The RoundTable’s voting guid breaks down everything you need to know for the Nov. 8 election.
Ranked-choice voting referendum to go on Nov. 8 ballot. Evanstonians have the opportunity to change the city’s voting process to ranked choice. This process allows voters to rank candidates running for city office in order of preference rather than voting for a single candidate.
Candidate forum: Schakowsky stresses abortion rights, Rice focuses on crime and safety. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) and her Republican challenger Max Rice squared off at a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Evanston. You can watch the discussion online at this link.
Isabelle Reiniger: Minding Our Own Businesses. Evanston’s only Spanish immersion preschool is coming under new leadership as Maria Cueller Weisgal, above, retires. And RoundTable business columnist Isabelle Reiniger shares the latest word on the street about the movie theater.
Amazon, Schmamazon: Data offers hope for Evanston’s business districts. Kellerman and Michael Berne of MJB Consulting presented some hopeful preliminary findings to the city’s Economic Development Committee and highlighted positive signs for Evanston. The research says that brick-and-mortar retail is proving to be resilient, commercial vacancies in the city are on par with other municipalities in the area and Evanston’s sales tax performance shows steady year-over-year growth.
7 questions with Downtown Evanston’s Executive Director. The RoundTable sat down with Annie Coakley, Executive Director of the Downtown Evanston organization. Coakley shares the city’s struggles during and since the pandemic as well as the future of downtown.
A blueprint for honoring city businesses that are in ‘people’s collective memory’. The city’s Legacy Business Program is thinking of ways to celebrate and ensure the longterm stability of Evanston businesses. Its brainstorming session at the Morton Civic Center brought together city officials and representatives of longtime businesses.
Art & Life
Art beautifies fridges, network of care keeps them stocked. We look at how Evanston Community Fridges have been decorated and maintained, as the mutual aid effort looks to the future. This is the conclusion of a three-part series by reporter Susanna Kemp; the first installment examines how the fridges have flourished in Evanston after a March 2021 accident seemed like a major setback. The second article profiles co-founders who launched the project but now must step back.
The third haunting at Artists Book House. If you enjoy spooky season but aren’t a fan of gore or being terrified, then the Artists Book House’s “A House, Haunted” might be the right fit for you. This is not your typical haunted house experience. It’s meant to be lighthearted and fun.
ETHS alumni at nonprofit work to build a stronger Haiti. The nonprofit Lakou (pronounced “La-coo”) brought two ETHS alumni together. Now, they are working to build a more resilient Haiti, with construction built to better withstand natural disasters.
Ron Whitmore: The skin I’m in, Part 2. On the latest episode of this season’s Evanston Rules podcast, Co-host Ron Whitmore speaks his truth. Whitmore discusses a range of topics, including family, home, loyalty, racism, education, opportunities and living in Evanston as a father, teacher and unapologetic Black man.
Wendi Kromash: Ramsey Lewis, a jazz great who stayed true to Chicago. Ramsey Lewis, the prolific composer, jazz pianist and radio personality died at 87 years old this September. Lewis received many honors throughout his life including multiple Grammys. RoundTable reporter Wendi Kromash takes readers through Lewis’ high notes.
Gay Riseborough: My neighbor bites the dust RoundTable’s columnist Gay Riseborough’s longtime neighbor – a tree – had to be cut down. Riseborough bids a sad farewell.
Letter to the editor: Stop the Keefe-Cullerton driveway easement. Joe Keefe and former Illinois Senate President John Cullerton are asking the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to grant a driveway easement through the 10th hole of the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston. Leslie Shad is opposed.
Wildkit football scores season’s first road victory at Glenbrook North. The Wildkits, after leading just 14-7 at halftime, dominated the second half during a game in Glenbrook North. The Wildkits still have a chance to be in the Illinois High School Association state playoffs if they can defeat both Maine South and Glenbrook South.
Sullivan basketball star transfers to ETHS for bigger goals. Rising basketball star Ephraim Chase decided to switch teams and come to the suburbs, a mature choice to prioritize education and opportunity.
ETHS’ Bellios on his way to state golf finals. Ryder Bellios is headed to the Class 3A Illinois High School Association state tournament. The Evanston coach believes Bellios is poised for a big finish and says the senior standout won’t be overwhelmed by the atmosphere, even though it is his first trip to the finals.
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