Credit: Heidi Randhava

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Evanston celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day from morning till night yesterday.

In the morning, nearly 500 Evanstonians of all ages braved the rainy weather and took to downtown streets, joining Interfaith Action’s fourth annual Walk for Warmth. The nonprofit raised more than $26,000 for its overnight shelter, warming centers, soup kitchens and hospitality center.

Credit: Richard Cahan

The RoundTable’s Richard Cahan photographed and talked with some of those at the walk Monday to ask why they marched, including Cheryl Kendrick (above), who said she supports “the idea that people who are homeless don’t need to be punished. We as a society ought to able to offer housing.”

In the afternoon, Northwestern marked King Day with a candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel. University President Michael Schill (above right) lights his candle with the help of Dave Davis, executive director for Neighborhood and Community Relations.

Credit: Brendan Mitchell

And finally at night, Evanston was featured in a national spotlight as a documentary about the city’s reparations initiative, The Big Payback, premiered on PBS Monday evening. In celebration, the downtown AMC 12 theater also hosted a free screening of the film with a post-show panel discussion in the packed auditorium.

And now on to the rest of the news.


In case you missed it

Last week, the RoundTable brought you an analysis of your next property tax bill, payable in 2023. View a full list of the taxing entities that collect money from you and how much they want next year.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Thursday, Jan. 12, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 16.4 cases per day.


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The RoundTable roundup

Police chief: The League of Women Voters and the NAACP Evanston Branch will moderate a Zoom forum with Chief Schenita Stewart at noon on Wednesday.

Larimer Park: What should the renovated park look like? A 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting at Nichols Middle School will gather input on potential improvements.

Participatory Budgeting: How should the city spend $3 million? An idea collection assembly is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern’s Parkes Hall.

Classical concert: The first Fran Randall concert of the year is at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Levy Senior Center.

Matilda the Musical: The 80th annual student-produced Dolphin Show begins Friday and runs through Jan. 28.

Youth job fair: The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program job fair, for teens 14 to 18, is 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Crown Community Center.


More RoundTable reads

Evanston father-son duo Scott and Tim Steinman run Studiomedia Recording, which is still grooving after 40 years of producing everything from jazz albums to audio books and podcasts.

The Art of Making Art: Len Koroski is an architect and woodworker, and he taps both skill sets to create beautiful and functional handcrafted wood furniture.

The ETHS boys bowling team punched a ticket to the sectionals on Saturday after finishing as the runner-up at the Glenbrook North Regional.

Big news for local art students: Evanston arts education group Art Encounter recently won a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Around the web

Some NU leaders also hold city positions. Here’s what they think of the NU-Evanston relationship today. The Daily Northwestern spoke to some current and former local officials who work for the university about town-gown relations.

NUGW union with United Electric, Radio and Machine Workers of America authorized following two-day election. The Northwestern graduate workers union was authorized after a large majority (1,644 to 114) voted in favor.

Gay-owned restaurant in Rogers Park targeted in suspected homophobic attack. The owners of R Public House say a hammer-wielding man yelled gay slurs at patrons and broke a glass door Monday evening.


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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...