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Evanston RoundTable

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston. Happy Election Day!

Hulu’s TV series The Bear has been shooting in Evanston at Lincolnwood Drive and Harrison Street. It was “a fun little surprise” for fan A.J. Gomberg when he and daughter Vivi happened on the shoot during a bike ride. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

This year, Election Day falls in the middle of spring break for Evanston public schools. Will that hurt turnout? Most nearby suburbs had school vacations last week. The RoundTable asked school board candidates and elected officials for their take.

Ryan Field isn’t on the ballot, but City Council races in the Second and Ninth wards will help shape the decisions that Evanston ultimately makes about Northwestern’s proposed stadium redevelopment. Here’s what all the council candidates had to say about the $800 million gorilla in the room.

Headed to vote? Polls are open until 7 p.m. Check the RoundTable’s voter guide and our questionnaires for City Council, District 65 and ETHS candidates.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Eight new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, April 2, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 11.9 cases per day.

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The Starbucks at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue has resumed normal hours after briefly closing in the afternoons due to safety concerns. Security camera footage showing people fighting has been shared with ETHS and the police, but the video has not been made public, Police Sgt. Chelsea Brown said.

Much to his shock, Evanston resident Judah Averbuch, now 11, was honored for scoring the highest of any fourth grader at the JewQ International Torah Championship in Connecticut. Globally, more than 3,500 kids participated in JewQ.

In a Climate Watch column, Evanston Environment Board Co-Chair Wendy Pollock reviews the city’s progress and previews a 2023 agenda: “updating building performance standards, facilitating solar installations on municipal buildings and strengthening protections for our urban forest.”

Honoring Shirley Nannini: ETHS will name the second-floor gym after the pioneering 33-year coach and assistant athletic director during a dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.

Citizens’ Greener Evanston, a local environmental force for more than a dozen years, has a new name: Climate Action Evanston. Its focus on renewable energy, food, waste, natural habitat and environmental justice will continue.

Credit: North Shore Harmonizers

The North Shore Harmonizers, a women’s chorus that performs four-part a cappella harmony, has a new director: Singer, composer and conductor Paul Langford (above). He succeeds Alice Lane, who led the chorus for 31 years before retiring in November.

Picturing Evanston: Subterranean trees can be found growing through the roof at the Northwestern parking structure just south of the Josephine Louis Theater and north of the Northwestern Sailing Center. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Photos from our readers

Credit: Evan Girard

The RoundTable’s own Evan Girard – she’s a reader too! – caught Ben Shapiro and his pup buddies out for a ride on Dempster Street last week. Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Chicagoans should vote early as tornadoes possible, severe storms expected election day, officials say. Severe thunderstorms and potential tornado warnings are forecast this afternoon.

The next Chicago mayor faces daunting challenges on public safety. Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson are deadlocked in the mayoral race, but whoever wins faces a 45% increase in crime compared to the same point last year.

Northwestern students create special pen to help Parkinson’s patients. A pair of NU students teamed up at “The Garage,” the university’s entrepreneurial hub, to develop the SteadyScrib Parkinson’s Pen set.

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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...