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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Finally, it’s showtime! Evanston has been waiting years for its downtown movie theater to reopen, and the AMC Evanston 12 debuted Wednesday. Evanston residents Emm and Gerry Hubbarth, above, came for the first movie, Black Adam.

Now, silence your cellphones, and please no talking during our feature presentation of today’s top stories.

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The Evanston Police Department said an “adult male” student at Evanston Township High School was arrested after he brought a loaded gun to school Wednesday. Police expect to offer details and announce charges against the student today.

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Months after Council Member Devon Reid, 8th Ward, called for the change, the Human Services Committee this week backed amending the city’s public nudity ordinance. The revisions would remove gendered language specifically banning the exposure of female breasts.

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In case you missed it: Democrats scored wins in state and local races across Illinois this week, and Evanston strongly endorsed ranked choice voting in a local referendum. View the RoundTable’s election spreadsheet here.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Nov. 8, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 14.1 cases per day.


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At a committee meeting on Wednesday, architect Brian Kronewitter outlined more than $6 million in deferred maintenance repairs for District 65 schools, including all new windows at Haven Middle School, above.

The Evanston RoundTable elected former Second Ward Council Member Peter C. Braithwaite to its board of directors. Braithwaite joins the RoundTable as it heads toward its third year of growth operating as Evanston’s nonprofit news outlet.

In 1988, architectural historian Anne Earle proposed a Northwest Evanston Historic District. Design Evanston is back for the third installment of its four-part series detailing Earle’s proposal, rarely seen since it was written.

Columnist Les Jacobson is a new convert to the magic of fall: “There are the fabulous colors, the leaves dropping and scattering like snowflakes in a strong wind, the brisk nights and crisp days, the delicious seasonal apples and pears.”

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and columnist Peggy Tarr writes that it offers an opportunity “to become acquainted with Native American traditions, contributions, history and challenges.”

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Have a bunch of old shoes lying around the house? Donate them to the Evanston Running Club’s Thanksgiving Day shoe drive in partnership with the Evanston Flying Turkey Race.

ETHS has no school on Friday, Veterans Day. So Evanston teens aged 14 to 18 looking for a summer job can check out the job fair sponsored by the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Picturing Evanston. This vintage toy fire engine is retired in an equally vintage store window on Greenleaf Street, just east of Florence Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Cook County voters approve property tax increase for the forest preserves. On average, property owners will pay about $20 more a year to raise an additional $40 million annually for the forest preserves.

Chicago Women Head To The Polls To Protect Right To Abortion: ‘We Can’t Afford To Go Back’. Dozens of people at the polls in Chicago told reporters they came out to vote to support abortion rights.

Four more years! Maybe? Pritzker downplays presidential buzz after soaring speech — but won’t commit to serving full term as gov. The governor stopped short of guaranteeing he would serve four full years, though he said he was “planning” to do so.


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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...