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Volunteer Bill Bailey, of Evanston, pumps gas at Thursday’s gas giveaway. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Happy Friday morning, Evanston.

The Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation paid for a gas giveaway Thursday at 50 outlets in and around Chicago, including the Mobil station at the intersection of Green Bay Road and Foster Street in Evanston.

At the Evanston Mobil location, about 400 drivers lined up – some as early as 2 a.m – as a total of $20,000 worth of gas was given away.

“I didn’t see one grouchy person,” said Simone Brooks, one of 10 volunteers pumping gas.


Ryan Field, built in 1926 and originally named Dyche Stadium, was renovated and renamed in 1997. (Northwestern University photo)

Residents living around Northwestern University’s Ryan Field now have a team in place to share their questions and concerns with university officials as the school moves forward on its multiyear project to rebuild the stadium.

Evanston City Council member Eleanor Revelle, in whose Seventh Ward the stadium is located, announced at the start of her March 23 ward meeting the names of residents – one from Wilmette, the others from Evanston – who will serve on the team.

Bonnie Humphrey, Northwestern’s Director of Design & Facilities Management, said the university is in negotiations to select an architect and hopes to wrap up that process before the end of the month.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 cases were reported Wednesday, March 23, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 12 cases per day.


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Miranda Lyman models her new pin design: a peace symbol in the colors of Ukraine. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Nine-year-old activist sells $1 pins to help Ukraine. At nine years old, Miranda Lyman has been working for close family friend Dawn Amoto at Secret Treasures Antiques since she was three. She recently showed up at the Dempster Street store with a plastic bag of blue and yellow pins, replicating the Ukrainian flag, and asked if the shop could sell them. “I wanted to make the pins because I didn’t feel good that we were just here and Ukraine is having so many problems. I thought at least this is some way we can support them,” Miranda said.

At This Time: Thursday at 7:38 a.m. Evanston’s Angella March was one of 400 drivers who received free gas at the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation gas giveaway. “It means the world to me,” said March, who works as a medical assistant in Evanston. “It’s a blessing.” She joined a long line at about 5:30 a.m. and waited about two hours. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

ETHS boys track: GBS edges Wildkits for CSL South indoor title. The Wildkits made the kind of history last Friday at Willie May Fieldhouse they certainly weren’t seeking, as for perhaps the first time in history, the Kits didn’t win a single race and just fell short in their bid to repeat as indoor champions.

Picturing Evanston. Chicago artist Ryan Tova Katz’s Purple Hearts Mural from underneath the el tracks on Foster Street east of Maple Avenue. Katz has completed murals in three states and nine countries. “You can beautify a city with large-scale art,” she said. “It takes me four days to do a mural this size and it’s up for 20 years.” The mural was originally designed with red hearts, but they changed to purple to honor Northwestern University. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Witness the sublime beauty Of Beethoven’s 9th. Resuming its belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore Choral Society, under the direction of Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, combine forces with four distinguished vocal soloists April 10 to perform the composer’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.


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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...