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At least two Evanston restaurants on Sept. 20 received documents purporting to be Court Orders issued in the names of Cook County Circuit Court judges.
At least two Evanston restaurants on Sept. 20 received documents purporting to be Court Orders issued in the names of Cook County Circuit Court judges.

Good morning, Evanston.

At least two Evanston restaurants on Sept. 20 received documents purporting to be Court Orders issued in the names of Cook County Circuit Court judges. One of the documents, viewed by the RoundTable, contained demeaning and dehumanizing language about large groups of people based on their race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The letters were determined by the Evanston Police Department to be fabricated by an unknown sender or senders, but the hateful content was no less real for the recipients.

Kelley Gandurski (City of Evanston photo)

City Council members on Sept. 20 appointed Kelley Gandurski interim City Manager. She will take office Oct. 9 and remain there until a permanent City Manager is selected, at which point she can return to her position as Deputy City Manager.

Although Gandurski was approved by the Council by a 7-1 vote, some residents expressed concern at the meeting that Gandurski likely would be a subject of the investigation into the lakefront sex-abuse scandal.


Deputy to the City Manager Kimberly Richardson addresses a crowd of 40 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center during the third informational session on the restorative housing program.
Deputy City Manager Kimberly Richardson addresses residents at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center during the third informational session on the restorative housing program.

Sept. 21 was set to be the start of something new in Evanston. The online application for the first step of local reparations – the restorative housing program – was scheduled to go live on the City website then.

The goal is to increase Black homeownership, revitalize and preserve Black owner-occupied homes in Evanston and build intergenerational equity among Black residents, according to the City Council’s reparations committee. The City has budgeted $10 million for the reparations fund, funded by a 3% tax on Evanston cannabis sales.

City News

Students leave Northwestern’s Technological Institute on the first day of classes of fall quarter 2021. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

First day of fall quarter for Northwestern students. A nervous excitement filled the air as Northwestern students crowded hallways and hurried down Sheridan Road to get to class. Sept. 21 marked the first day of fall quarter, and for many upperclassmen, it was the first day of in-person school since March 2020, when the campus shut down because of the pandemic. 

Ridgeville Tavern is now open on Sherman Avenue in the space previously occupied by Bar Louie.

Ridgeville Tavern opens: New bar has familiar faces, historic name. When Bar Louie in Evanston closed, Ike Robertson saw an opportunity. He since has opened Ridgeville Tavern at 1520 Sherman Ave. The inspiration for the bar’s name comes from the geographic history of the community, he said.

As a reminder, the deadline to pay the 2022 City of Evanston Wheel Tax is this Thursday, Sept. 30.


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Schools

Rafael Obafemi, left, and Kathy Zaleweski updated District 65’s Finance Committee on expenditures per student on Sept. 20. (RoundTable photo)

Expenditures per student at District 65’s K-5, middle and magnet schools range from $15,177 to $20,092. Last school year, School District 65 spent significantly more at schools where students had relatively greater needs, according to a report presented to the District’s Finance Committee on Sept. 20.

District 65 to hold hearing on replacing snow days with e-learning. District 65 will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, on an e-learning proposal for students that could be enacted on days school is closed because of extreme weather or other emergencies.

Art & Life

Odessa Winn works at Retro*Fit in Evanston. (Photo by Barbara Ruiz)

Retro*Fit finds inspiration in young interns. Although many teenagers don’t get jobs until they’re 16, there are a few in Evanston that are ahead of the curve. Some spend time at Retro*Fit thrifting, sewing and observing sustainable business practices at the store.

“I think sometimes teens get a bad reputation, but they are the coolest,” store owner Barbara Ruiz said. “It is the age where everything is happening and it is the most exciting time for them.”

Public Square

We are Water | Evanston residents largely support free beach access. We are Water Evanston is a community-based participatory research project that explores our relationship with and concerns about water. In part one of a seven-article series, we share some of our key findings and calls to action on beach access.

Letter to the editor: ETHS grad shows gift for music. ETHS class of 2001 grad Alex Rubin has been quietly rebranding himself as an artist since he left Chicago to join software company Qualtrics in Utah in 2019. I have never seen someone come to create original lyrical content so quickly.

Local artist Casey Christensen created this logo for the Evanston RoundTable Lighthouse Keeper Credit: Casey Christensen

The Lighthouse Keeper sees …

  • … that the City received almost $50,000 in nonresident parking fees collected on the lakefront in August.
  • … that Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us.
  • … that the current phase of construction on Main Street wrapped up a day early.

Read the full column here.


Sports

ETHS boys soccer: Kits blank Trevians in battle of unbeatens. Goals by Sebastian Leon and Pedro Rojas allowed the Wildkits to score their first regular season victory over New Trier since the 2015 season, blanking the Trevians 2-0 on Sept. 18.

Wildkits football claws back to .500 with 20-17 win at Fremd. Evanston Township ended a two-game losing skid with a 20-17 victory over winless Fremd on Sept. 17 night in Palatine as senior running back Gio Milam-Pryor ran for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns.


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