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ETHS state championship 800-meter relay team, left to right: Jasmine Wright, Rikki Gray, Jacklynn Okereke, and Dawson Wright. This is the first State relay title ETHS has won since 2010-11.

Good morning, Evanston.

For the first time in a decade, the ETHS girls relay team captured the State championship in the 800-meter event, as the Kit unit of Rikki Gray, Jasmine Wright, Dawson Wright, and Jacklynn Okereke smoked the rest of the field with a winning time of 1 minute, 40.47 seconds on the Eastern Illinois University blue oval track.

Evanston head coach Fenton Gunter was involved in a season-long tug-of-war with his coaching staff when it comes to Okereke’s talents and just exactly where the junior standout could help the Wildkits most this spring.

The veteran coach’s decision to shift Okereke from the hurdles to relay events only paid big dividends Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A State track and field championships as the Wildkits captured their first State relay championship in 10 years.

The June 3 meeting of the Joint Review Board to consider a recommendation on the Five-Fifths tax-increment financing (TIF) district attracted nearly twice the typical number of interested residents. They raised questions about the possible developments in the proposed TIF district, opening up the possibilities of robust discussions at the July 12 public hearing and beyond.

The name of the proposed TIF harks back to the Three-Fifths Clause in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, said City Senior Economic Manager Paul Zalmezak. He said the Five-Fifths name is symbolic of making the community whole again, and it also represents the Fifth Ward.

“We’re trying to provide a tool that maybe leverages the reparations conversation. We want to use the TIF to maybe leverage additional [federal rescue] dollars to implement infrastructure improvements in the area,” said Mr. Zalmezak.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable Website

Girls Soccer Squad Bows Out with 2-0 Loss to New Trier. Since Stacy Salgado took over as head coach for the Evanston girls soccer program, the Wildkits have earned wins and ties during the regular season in head-to-head matchups against arch-rival New Trier. But the Kits still haven’t figured out a way to beat the Trevians once postseason play begins. And almost no other school has, either.

Evanston 2nd Act Players Partners with Black Playwright Idris Goodwin to Present Black Flag. The Evanston 2nd Act Players is partnering with Black Playwright Idris Goodwin this summer to stream Black Flag, one of five short plays in Goodwin’s Open Source Scripts for an Antiracist Tomorrow. A special streaming presentation of the film will take place July 1 at 7 p.m., as part of the 2nd Act Players involvement with the Evanston Performing Arts Collective, as well as on EPAC’s YouTube channel.

The Week Ahead

Around the World on Central Street June 18 at 11 a.m. to June 27 at 9 p.m. Businesses on Central Street will offer food, beverages, gifts, and services from around the world. Pick up a gift card from any participating business and turn in the passport at the end of the week to enter a raffle for a $150 Evanston gift card. 





Friday, June 18

Saturday, June 19

  • Juneteenth Parade and Celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade begins in the parking lot at Robert Crown Community Center and ends at Ingraham Park. After the parade, enjoy musical entertainment, art, food and celebration at Ingraham Park. 
  • Sketchbook Juneteenth Concert & Fundraiser 5 p.m. at Sketchbook Brewing Company. Jazz trumpeter Corey Wilkes and ensemble will present two free concert sets.

Sunday, June 20

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Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...