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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The election is over at last, but it was a long day for poll workers Tuesday. Above, election judge Kate Parker-Barrows waits for voters in Precinct 3 of Ward 4. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Every incumbent on the ballot in Evanston won election on Tuesday.
In the Second Ward, Krissie Harris (above left, hugging daughter Alexis as son Romell looks on) received 54% of the vote, besting challengers Darlene Cannon and Patricia Gregory. In the Ninth Ward, Juan Geracaris (above right, with wife Danielle and children Rosa and Oscar) cruised to victory with 67% of the vote, defeating challenger Kathy Hayes.

In the District 65 school board race, incumbents Sergio Hernandez Jr. and Mya Wilkins (above left) won election along with newcomer Omar Salem. In the ETHS contests, newcomer Leah Piekarz (right) was elected to the board, while incumbents Monique Parsons, Elizabeth Rolewicz and Mirah Anti kept their spots. Check out what winning candidates had to say after their victories on Tuesday.

Superintendent Devon Horton is leaving after three years at Evanston/Skokie School District 65. On Tuesday he was named sole finalist for the top post at the DeKalb County School District outside Atlanta. The Georgia district has more than 130 schools, 14,000 employees and 92,000 students. The DeKalb school board is expected to make Horton’s appointment official later this month, though it’s unclear exactly when he will leave Evanston. District 65 will have to act quickly if it seeks to recruit a new leader in time for the 2023-2024 academic year.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Two new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, April 3, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 10.6 cases per day.

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The City of Evanston is expected to begin distributing the next round of $25,000 reparations grants after Thursday’s Reparations Committee meeting. Kenneth Wideman (above), his sister Sheila Wideman and others may be in line to receive direct cash payments.

April 4 was not only Election Day but also the 55th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, columnist Peggy Tarr notes, as she traces the slow growth of voting rights in the U.S.

Credit: Steve Inchmore/Channel 4

Jürgen Krauss, a finalist in The Great British Bake Off in 2021, will appear at The Newberry Consort’s annual gala May 14 at the Woman’s Club of Evanston. He will make a dessert and play the trombone.

Picturing Evanston: Serendipitous signage at the entrance to the Eighth Ward polling place at Dawes Elementary School for the election on Tuesday. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Credit: John Sagan

John Sagan captured this picture-perfect lakefront sunrise last Thursday morning just south of Greenwood Beach. 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

Brandon Johnson wins Chicago mayor’s race. The progressive teachers union advocate held more than 51% of the vote to opponent Paul Vallas’ 49% with nearly all precincts reporting late Tuesday night.

Highland Park High School lockdown lifted after walk-out over gun safety; 5 in custody. Students had been protesting gun violence when officials put the building on lockdown because a student had reportedly brought a gun to school.

Connections for the Homeless, Downtown Evanston collect 1,500 pounds of food for local pantries. With enhanced pandemic-era food assistance benefits decreasing and pantries starting to run low, local businesses jumped into action.

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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...