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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The holiday lights are already aglow downtown; check out the RoundTable’s latest compilation of local photos, and be sure to send your own Evanston pics to so we can feature them too.

From pretty pictures to breaking news, the RoundTable covers Evanston. Here’s the news of the day.

Two weeks after current and former Black city employees released a letter, report and action plan alleging workplace racial discrimination, dozens of residents came out to City Council chambers on Monday to show their support for the workers and demand change.

At the city’s latest Town Hall meeting on Reparations, from left: Dino Robinson, Assay Horibe, Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors, Reparations Committee Chair Robin Rue Simmons and Fifth Ward City Council member Bobby Burns.

Three years ago, Evanston established the nation’s first reparations program. (Committee members shown above.) But finding money for the effort has been difficult. On Monday City Council members confronted the lack of reliable funding. They backed tapping real estate transfer tax revenue but balked at using federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

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Districts 65 and 2020 both plan to request the maximum possible increases in their 2022 property tax levies, officials said at school board meetings Monday night. State law caps increases at 5% but allows some adjustments to that figure. Evanston Township High School seeks a 5.5% hike; District 65 wants a 5.98% increase.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: 13 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Nov. 14, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 16.7 cases per day.

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Bookends & Beginnings announced Tuesday that it is moving to a new location downtown. RoundTable business columnist Isabelle Reiniger fills readers in about where the bookstore is relocating and talks with owner Nina Barrett about why.

A city housing committee voted Tuesday to renew its contract with Community Partners for Affordable Housing, which manages the waitlist for affordable units. CPAH will be paid $50,000 in 2023. Some residents at the virtual meeting questioned why the city isn’t providing money more directly to local landlords.

Meet the new street ambassadors who will be cleaning downtown areas, shoveling snow and offering assistance to residents starting this week. They are employed by Streetplus, which the city hired for a one-year contract.

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Evanston’s girls basketball team opened the 2022-23 season Tuesday with a 46-30 loss to Bolingbrook. The Wildkits turned the ball over 23 times and only shot 24% from the field. The team had three starters benched by injuries.

The ETHS varsity chess team posted strong results at the recent Evanston Team Tournament, and the junior varsity team played so well its two units, Orange and Blue, ended up facing off in the last round. Coach Keith Holzmueller details one Orange-Blue game in his latest Rank and File column.

Historic sale: A Chicago real estate investor paid $10.3 million to buy a 43-unit apartment building on Sheridan Road, marking the first time the building has changed hands in more than eight decades.

The Evanston Police Department, Evanston Community Foundation and Mount Zion Baptist Church are joining forces for a gun buyback event on Dec. 3. Compensation is $125 per gun and $30 for ammunition and bb guns.

Picturing Evanston. There is an alpaca on the loose on Dewey Avenue and Greenleaf Street. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

‘It hasn’t interrupted my public service’: Ald. Devon Reid responds to signs claiming he is behind on rent. In an interview with The Daily Northwestern, Reid said his status as a full-time student and council member has affected his ability to pay rent, adding that his personal financial position has nothing to do with his dedication to representing Evanston’s Eighth Ward.

With RSV Spiking In Infants And Young Kids Sooner This Year, Hospitals And Parents Feel The Strain. Babies and younger kids have contracted respiratory syncytial virus, RSV, at an unseasonably high rate for October and November in the Chicago area.

With this new play, the price of salt in Evanston commands sudden attention in New York. A production with origins in a graduate playwriting class at Northwestern University and a RoundTable headline is set to debut tonight.

In inflationary times, the art and science of pricing Manny’s corned beef on rye. The nation’s inflation crisis has hit small businesses and local restaurants particularly hard. WBEZ Chicago visited iconic Chicago location Manny’s Cafeteria & Deli to find out how the sandwich shop is coping.

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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...