Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Five Evanston athletes and their coach, pictured above, are now competing at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida, in events including flag football, track and field and powerlifting. In the back row, from the left, are Kirk Nelson, Alex Anderson and Riley Hoffman. In the bottom row sit Coach Leonard Woodson, Grayson Deeney and Caroline Colianne.

“The Special Olympics actually changed my life,” Colianne said. “When I first started … I was very shy. It helped me to be a better person and more outgoing.” If you would like to follow the progress of the athletes competing in Orlando, Coach Leonard will be sending the RoundTable periodic reports. Check in with our updates page here.

It was a very long night for the City Council Rules committee, which started its meeting at 5 p.m. and tabled for another time a number of agenda items, including gender-neutral rules for beach wear, when it finally closed out the meeting around 11 p.m. The committee of the whole, which includes all city council members is headed by Council Member Devon Reid, 8th Ward. Those attending last night’s session included council members Bobby Burns, 5th Ward; Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, and Juan Geracaris, 9th Ward.

Visit the RoundTable website later today for coverage of the long and varied list of rules and city regulations that it plans to recommend the city council vote to reform. (There is no link here as this is a heads-up of what you can expect today!)


COVID-19 by the numbers: 45 cases were reported on Sunday, June 5, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 37.7 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Chute Middle School students plan morning walkout to protest gun violence. Several seventh graders at Chute Middle School are planning a peaceful protest against gun violence scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to an email sent to parents and families from Principal Jim McHolland. The Evanston walkout is not affiliated with the national Students Demand Action, which is coordinating a national student walkout at noon today to mourn the people killed in Uvalde, Texas, and call for stricter gun laws.

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Upcoming Albany Care hearings may provide answers on facility’s future. The future of mental health facility Albany Care remains largely uncertain, though two upcoming hearings may provide the community with some answers. An Albany Care status hearing is scheduled for June 15 and a licensing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29. 

At This Time: Monday at 5:20 p.m. Suli Kamholtz-Roberts and Jack Halliday rehearse a scene from an adaptation of The Decameron in Congregational Park on Lake Street near Judson Avenue. The play is about 10 young people living through the Black Death bubonic plague by telling tales about their pre-pandemic past. “It’s pretty relevant right now,” said director Andrew Biliter. He chose the park because it is reminiscent of a courtyard of a European villa. The play will be performed there by Mudlark Theater Company June 16-18. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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C&W Foundation pantry to bring food to those who need it most. Clarence and Wendy Weaver, founders and owners of C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor, used a grant from the Rotary Club of Evanston to organize their basement into a food pantry. They celebrated with a symbolic ribbon cutting this past weekend.

Credit: Patrick Hughes

Getting to know Mauricio Coss of Supreme Burrito. Coss opened Supreme Burrito at 843 Dodge St. in May 2012. Since then it has become a staple in Evanston, most notably among Evanston Township High School students.

The week in photos: May 30 – June 6. The RoundTable’s very own Debbie-Marie Brown performed at Evanston SPACE this past weekend. “Playing space was an unmatched opportunity, and I hope to be able to do again soon with the full band,” said Brown.

Learn about science from NU graduate students at the Levy Center. Each month, graduate students from Northwestern University visit the Levy Senior Center to discuss different science topics. This month speakers will discuss Polymers in Medicine on Thursday, June 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. 

Main-Dempster Mile kicks off Summer Concert Series on June 10. Main-Dempster Mile Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday, June 10 featuring the musical stylings of Chicken Bone. The band will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Train Station Alley, 600 Main St.

Summer reading and more from EPL. The Evanston Public Library is offering summer programs to community members of all ages at various locations around the city. From camps to prizes to outdoor story readings, take a look at some of the offerings.


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Around the web

Jennifer Welch, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, could soon be at the center of efforts to preserve abortion access. With Roe v. Wade expected to be overturned by the Supreme Court, Illinois will likely become an island in the Midwest when it comes to access to abortion. Welch is preparing for that eventuality.

Waukegan says goodbye to a coal plant but must now contend with its industrial waste. A long-operating coal plant in Waukegan is set to close this month, but environmentalists now worry that the ash left behind by the facility will pollute the groundwater in the area and eventually flow into Lake Michigan.

Revived Illinois Commission Focusing on Rising Number of Hate Crimes. From 2019 to 2020, the number of hate crimes perpetrated nationwide increased from 7,314 to 8,263. Now, the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes plans to examine the rising prominence of crimes motivated by race, gender, ethnicity or sexuality and how to prevent them in the future.

Woodward and Bernstein thought Nixon defined corruption. Then came Trump. Fifty years after the Watergate scandal that resulted in the resignation of then-president Richard Nixon, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the legendary journalists who uncovered the corruption case, reflect on the current state of American democracy and how Donald Trump followed Nixon’s legacy of corrupt campaign tactics.


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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...