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A piece of pipe found in Evanston. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Under a mandate passed by the Illinois legislature this summer, the City of Evanston is required to address its lead pipe problem more aggressively, but this process will take decades.

The city holds more than 11,000 lead service lines. Data provided by the Evanston Health and Human Services Department show that 2018 blood tests found higher than normal amounts of lead in the blood of Evanston children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for a higher- than-average blood lead level is called the blood lead reference value. This threshold was recently lowered.

Prior to the shift, only 4% of the 2018 blood tests exceeded the CDC’s blood reference value at the time. Now, 94% of the 2018 blood tests would be considered above the CDC’s reference value.

Actor and activist Danny Glover. (Photo credit: Vinicius Tupinamba / Shutterstock.com)

The National African American Reparations Commission will convene a symposium on municipal reparations in Evanston from Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 9 to 11. The national symposium includes a national town hall meeting at which actor and activist Danny Glover has been announced as the keynote presenter.

The town hall meeting will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the First Church of God Christian Life Center, 1524 Simpson St. Residents will have an opportunity to interact with leading U.S. and global reparations advocates at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Weekend in Photos: In tomorrow’s newsletter, we will share a roundup of photos taken over the weekend. What were you up to this weekend? Please send us your photos at news@evanstonroundtable.com!

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

The Evanston Children’s Choir performs at the event. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Fountain Square glitters with new holiday lights. Community members bundled up and headed to Fountain Square on Saturday evening to watch mayor Daniel Biss lead the Christmas tree lighting at the city’s annual Holiday Light Celebration.

Should I sabotage my daughter’s college app? Dear Gabby, I believe my daughter is applying to a college (a good college, I’ll admit) based on its proximity to the college her boyfriend goes to. Of course it’s not hard for me to read the tea leaves and confidently predict that in a year or two, these two will no longer be dating.

ETHS boys basketball: Turnaround starts on defense for Wildkits. Evanston’s entire basketball squad knew that the best way to bounce back from their first loss of the season was to deliver on the defensive end Saturday at Mundelein.

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Adina Keeling

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...