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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Last night at 7:17 p.m., the Evanston Police Department received numerous 911 calls of multiple shots fired in the area of Green Bay Road and Asbury Avenue.

Responding officers located five gunshot victims, four at 1950 Green Bay and a fifth victim at 1918 Green Bay. One of the victims who was located at 1950 Green Bay has died. The remaining four victims were transported to area hospitals by the Evanston Fire Department.

Police said via Twitter that “the deceased is a male unknown age. The remaining victims are 2 males and 2 females ranging from 14-18 years of age.”

Later last night (11:51 p.m.), EPD reported that it was investigating another shooting at Chicago Avenue and Howard Street, having received multiple 911 calls of shots fired. EPD said the Howard & Chicago/Clark area would be shut down for several hours over night.

Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) has called for an ordinance that protects trees on private property. The city tried to pass such an ordinance earlier this year, but failed due to a lack of resources in the Public Works Agency and Community Development Department.

Emily Okallau, the City of Evanston’s Public Service Coordinator, is spearheading a new effort to pass a private tree preservation ordinance

Thanksgiving in Evanston. On behalf of the RoundTable team, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We want to share pictures of the family gatherings, unique traditions, and Thanksgiving dinners that you enjoyed. Please send us the photos you took last week at news@evanstonroundtable.com.

In the United States, 25% of newspapers have ceased operation, and 2,000 community newspapers have closed in the past 15 years. The vacuum created when local journalism declines poses a serious threat to democracy. Our democracy relies on a free press to educate the public.

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Council approves $360 million budget, keeps tax rate flat with a little help from federal ARPA funds. Evanston City Council members on November 22 approved a $360 million budget for fiscal year 2022 that will add nearly 40 staff positions even though there will be no property tax increase. Federal COVID-19 recovery funds provide a major cushion.

Time to downsize the American empire: An interview with Northwestern historian Daniel Immerwahr. Northwestern Professor Daniel Immerwahr asserts that since 1945 the U.S. has “assumed a position of armed primacy over the planet.” 

My daughter leaves the house in ridiculous outfits. Dear Gabby, My eighth grade daughter is very body conscious, as many young women are at her age (and any age actually). I try to be as supportive as I can and tell her she is beautiful inside and out.

Holiday markets abound. There are several busy, welcoming holiday markets in Evanston this fall. Markets and gift sales always sprout around Thanksgiving, and lately, even earlier.

Levy Lecture: Spoon River Anthology presented by Paddy and Jon Lynn. “Spoon River Anthology,” a spoken-word poetry performance, was presented virtually on November 16 as part of the Levy Lecture Series.

Video offers tips on how residents can prepare for city’s snow-removal rules

COVID-19 Update as of November 24: 16 new cases in Evanston, 5,058 in Illinois

“Pieta for Earth #1” by Ken Avick. (Photo by Photo Source Studios)

The Art of Making Art | Ken Avick: Surrealist painting with texture. Ken Avick is a surrealist painter creating with acrylic and collage on canvas and paper. Today he is retired and can spend his time working at home doing what he loves the most, creating through painting.

Sebastian Cheeks poses with ETHS head football coach Mike Burzawa after selecting North Carolina for college. (Submitted photo)

ETHS linebacker Cheeks earns invitation to All-America Bowl. Evanston linebacker Sebastian Cheeks is among four high school football players from Illinois selected to participate in the All-American Bowl all-star game on January 8.

ETHS wrestling: Record turnout boosts Evanston’s hopes. The wrestling practice room has never been this crowded at Evanston Township High School.

Coaches choose ETHS wide receiver for All-State football team

ETHS boys basketball: Wildkits close in on Thanksgiving tourney title

ETHS boys basketball: Right choice by Irby lifts Wildkits in season opener

Around the web

Color Guard captains recount culture of abuse, intensity under head coach. Lorenzo Medrano, a Color Guard coach at ETHS, was placed on leave on September 16 following his arrest on child seduction charges in Indiana, where he was also employed as a Color Guard coach at LaPorte High School.

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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...