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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Jung Ho Yun, above, and his wife Soon Rhim bought Clothes Pin Laundromat on Howard Street in 2005. But after 18 years of customers washing, drying, fluffing and folding, the couple are ready for their next cycle: retirement. The City of Evanston is using TIF funds to buy the laundromat for $950,000. It plans to combine the 9,000-square-foot property with an adjacent 5,000-square-foot parcel and use the site for a mixed-use affordable housing development in the Eighth Ward.

Now clean out that lint trap, here’s a fresh load of news.

The 31-year-old man arrested at the Evanston Public Library on Monday has been charged with battery. Police said Milton D. Altamirano-Sanchez punched, kicked and threw a chair at a security guard. The guard, an off-duty police officer, drew his gun “in defense of himself,” according to EPD Commander Ryan Glew.

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There was a public meeting Tuesday about ideas for the renovation of Independence Park, but something was missing from the session at Chandler-Newberger Community Center: There were no back-and-forth arguments among attendees or complaints about not having enough time to talk. Behold the power of the sticky note.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases and no new deaths were reported Monday, Jan. 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 14.14 cases per day.

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Evanston’s Masonic Temple, a local landmark that has sat vacant in recent years, will see new life as a 30-unit apartment building after backing from the Evanston City Council on Monday.

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A recent graduate of ETHS and Northwestern University is getting his turn in the spotlight: Nolan Robinson was picked as one of 10 up-and-coming performers in Porchlight Music Theatre’s New Faces Sing Broadway series, a platform for emerging talent.

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Evanston residents who are income-qualified for the Evanston Benefit Card now can receive a reduced rate for water and sewer services provided by the city.

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The Music Institute of Chicago invites musicians of all ages who may be interested in private or group instruction to open houses in Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest. The Evanston event is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 22 at 1490 Chicago Ave.

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Date correction: The League of Women Voters and the NAACP Evanston branch will moderate a discussion with Police Chief Schenita Stewart via Zoom at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the Evanston RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative...