Evanston RoundTable
Evanston Rules co-hosts Laurice Bell and Ron Whitmore.

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Here are the latest news and feature stories from around the city.

But first, the RoundTable is excited to let you know about an important new feature we’ve added this week to our website, mobile platform and newsletter.

We’ve joined forces with Evanston Rules, our city’s leading podcast focused on education, economic opportunity, culture and improving the community.

Evanston Rules features hourlong intimate conversations with prominent Evanston families and leaders that will be featured on the RoundTable website, in our email newsletter and on mobile platforms. The podcast is a partnership of – and currently produced by – Evanston natives Laurice Bell and Ron Whitmore, who have known one another since childhood.

The podcast features in-depth conversations with important local figures including 5th Ward City Council member Bobby Burns; Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center; Nancy Glick, former ETHS student and current Director of Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago; and Hecky Powell, the legendary community leader and owner of Hecky’s Barbeque. Powell’s Evanston Rules interview in 2020 was the last one he gave before his death. 

Whitmore is a retired educator who taught preschool and kindergarten in Evanston for 15 years before becoming the Early Childhood Education Officer and a Principal at Chicago Public Schools. Bell has spent the last 30 years living in Los Angeles as a director and producer of music videos for a long list of recording artists, including Tupac Shakur, Selena and Miles Davis. She also has done extensive work with nonprofit organizations. 

“We’re excited that the RoundTable has chosen to support our efforts in sharing diverse stories that create a tapestry that we aim to celebrate in Evanston,” said Bell.

Added Whitmore: “We started Evanston Rules because this is our home. We care about our city – yes, it’s a podcast, but we’re also looking at encouraging those that haven’t always had a voice and creating equity in our city.”

The RoundTable will host a rotating series of recent Evanston Rules episodes on a new page devoted to podcasts and videos. The first four episodes feature the late Hecky Powell, Dolores Holmes, the Miller family and Bernie Foster.

Learn more about our partnership with Evanston Rules on the RoundTable’s new page featuring podcasts and videos, and listen to a brief video message from Laurice and Ron about our work together.

D65 board President Anya Tanyavutti (Photo by Debbie-Marie Brown)

Representatives from Evanston/Skokie School District 65 met with Fifth Ward residents March 12 for a last conversation before tonight’s scheduled board vote on building a Fifth Ward school.

At one point one of the about 40 people who attended the session at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center asked if District 65 officials believe the plan to shift attendance boundaries and build the new school will pass.

“I would be shocked if we didn’t have the votes,” responded school board President Anya Tanyavutti.


Week in Photos: In Tuesday’s newsletter we’ll share a roundup of photos taken throughout the past week. What were you up to in the last seven days? Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com!


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Fulfillment versus a big paycheck. Dear Gabby, I’ve been working at the same nonprofit organization for the past few years, and it’s starting to feel kind of stagnant. I’m ready for a change but haven’t found any other openings in the same community-oriented field that I’m passionate about.

2021-22 ETHS DECA team (Photo submitted by ETHS)

ETHS students achieve multiple top 10 finishes at DECA State Conference. The ETHS team earned seven first place finishes, two second place finishes, one fifth place finish and two top ten finishes in the 2022 Illinois State Career Development DECA Conference.

At This Time: Sunday at 11:46 a.m. Fans bundle up to watch Northwestern’s first baseball game of the season at Miller Park, just north of Welsh-Ryan Arena. Lisa McGill and Jay Readey came to support their son, freshman pitcher Chad Readey. The couple have already been to Birmingham, Alabama; Santa Clara, California; and Cincinnati to cheer on the team. “We want to be part of the ride,” says Jay. The Wildcats won both games of the doubleheader. Nineteen home games to go: next one is Saturday. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Picturing Evanston. The old Marshall Field’s clock at Sherman Avenue and Church Street reminds us that it is time to spring one hour forward. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

NU Faculty Senate passes resolution supporting academic freedom related to racial and social justice education. Northwestern’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution last week supporting academic freedom at universities and K-12 institutions affected by bans on “critical race theory.”

Return of a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in Chicago brings cheer and a green river. Chicagoans were happy to welcome back a beloved tradition this weekend as the city celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early by once again dying its river green and holding its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in three years.

Chicago restaurant makes Yelp’s top 10 most popular. Girl & The Goat, on the West Loop’s famed Restaurant Row, claimed the No. 10 spot on Yelp’s list of most written-about restaurants in the country.


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