Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Above, a long line of Evanston Township High School students winds through C&W Market & Ice Cream Parlor at lunchtime on Tuesday. About 50 students show up during each of the high school’s three lunch periods. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

And now here’s the latest news, from ETHS and around the city:

Last year, dozens of ETHS teachers and department chairs spoke at school board meetings about the need to better recruit and retain educators of color. At the board’s meeting Monday, human resources staff presented data on staff racial identities and plans to improve diversity. Vice President Monique Parsons called the statistics “not happy news,” but told staff she was “excited about what you’re doing.”

City Council tackled a number of important issues this week and the RoundTable has no less than six stories covering Monday’s meeting. Council members weighed in on the city’s dog beach, an affordable housing project and a lawsuit brought by former city telecommunication and 911 operators, among other matters. In a split vote, council members also sent the issue of separate leases for the Harley Clarke mansion and its gardens back to the Administration and Public Works Committee. For full coverage, check out our aggregate post here.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Oct. 10, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 10.4 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Letter to the editor: Election 2022. Election 2022 is now. And information is key for all of us. The RoundTable is a nonprofit and will not endorse candidates. But it is our job to educate, inform and provide a safe space for discourse. So send us your letters with opinions about the candidates to Please eliminate rancor and misinformation. John Foley’s letter on voting kicks us off.

In case you missed it: The RoundTable has posted a voting guide on how to register to vote and cast your ballot – whether by mail or in-person during early voting or on Election Day – plus a separate ballot guide listing every race that will appear on Evanston ballots in the 2022 general election.

ESCCA’s annual pumpkin patch fundraiser is this Saturday in Independence Park. Donations of any type, clothing or monetary, are always welcome and appreciated. Come for coffee, cider, doughnuts, face painting and crafts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Independence Park.

Chessmen Club will honor community service leaders at annual benefit this Friday. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Club’s annual Community Service Awards Dinner & Benefit will be held in a new location – the Holiday Inn & Suites, Chicago North Shore5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie. After a two-year break forced by COVID-19, “we are so excited to celebrate in-person this year,” said Chessmen President Reynold Martin. Tickets are still available.

Picturing Evanston. This has to be the most photographed of the painted rocks along the lakeshore of the Northwestern campus. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Check Your Judges: Your guide to the November 2022 Cook County judicial elections. Investigative news site Injustice Watch has you covered with its latest judicial voting guide, which features information on all 61 judges standing for retention in Cook County. You can create your own customized guide to bring to the polls on Election Day, or use the guide on your phone while filling out your ballot.

COVID booster numbers remain sluggish in Chicago as fears rise over another U.S. surge. Chicago’s top doctor expressed some concern Tuesday about the potential for a wave of COVID-19 cases that could impact the region this fall and winter. Just under 10% of residents eligible for updated booster shots have received the newest vaccines thus far.

The Bears want to build a megaplex. Sure thing or ‘false’ promise? In 2023, the Chicago Bears will decide whether to stay at Soldier Field or move to a massive suburban development in Arlington Heights. The team has touted the move as a boon for local taxpayers, but many in Arlington Heights don’t want the financial risk.

Students and faculty express frustration over lack of class cancellations on Jewish High Holidays. Northwestern Hillel Executive Director Michael Simon said between 1,100 and 1,200 students observe the High Holidays. Some at NU have voiced frustrations over the school’s policy allowing professors to host classes on religious holidays.

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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...