Evanston RoundTable

Good Monday morning, Evanston. Welcome to a new week and a new year!

This week, the RoundTable is launching a new video series that will put a spotlight on people and organizations in our community worth getting to know.

“People You Should Know” is a joint project of the RoundTable, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Byline Bank. Each episode will feature a discussion or interview led by someone in our community with a special interest in the topic.

The kickoff episode features the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life at Northwestern University. The program is designed for Northwestern students looking for a deeper understanding of ethical, social and political questions, who want to broaden their understanding of society by spending time in another country and who are eager to learn about and contribute to their local civic community. The conversation is led by former Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty.


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

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At This Time: 9:38 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 2. Kings of the Hill. Andy Botinis and his four-year-old son Aris head home after sledding at Leahy Park on Lincoln Street near Ridge Avenue. They were the first this year to test out the sledding hill. “We love winter. We love snow,” said Andy.

Maturity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Dear Gabby, My coworker gave everyone in our office holiday gifts except me. I get along well with and have no major issues with this person. I was never expecting a gift from her, but now I feel left out.

Kits tap into potential with runnerup finish at Centralia. Every year former Evanston basketball coach Herb Williams, a legendary figure in this southern Illinois community, gives a talk to the Wildkits during the Centralia Holiday Tournament. Williams’ locker room speech this year addressed the issue of potential – and how the current Kits could best live up to their own expectations.


Thanks for your support!

Thank you to the more than 120 readers who contributed during the last week of our fall NewsMatch fundraising drive:

Cam Balzer, Brigitte and Louis Bell, Margaret M Bjornson, David Borland, Kathleen and Charles Brady,Colin Reed and Jules Breen, Kathleen Burgess,Byline Bank, Christopher Carlson, Adam and Rachel Chiss, Steven and Jeanne Cleveland, Mark and Mary Collins, Elaine Colon, James and Patricia Corirossi,Kathleen Crispell, Colin Cross, Judith Curtis, Marlo Del Percio, Steven Delahoyde, Lonnie Dunlap, Ann Dwyer, Jennie Berkson and David Edelstein, Barbara Ellson,Jan Feldman, Sheran Fiedler, Joseph and Margaret Flanagan, Yvonne Fogerty,Margaret Forst, Bernard Friedman, Paul Giblin, Jim Gilbert, Paul Glick, Elena Gonzales, Richard Gordon, Rosalie Greenberger, Bob Handler,
Lyndal Hanna, Meredith Haydon, Judith Hoffman, Carter Howard, Patrick Hughes, Janice Jenkins, Ann Johnson, Carol Johnson, Daniel Kaplan, Melanie Kitchner, Bridget Wild and Ken Kornfeld, John Labbe, Ronna Stamm and Paul Lehman, Dorothé Magid, Georgia Markos, Mark Maslov, Peter Slevin and Kate Masur, Laura Maurer, Sharon McGowan, Judy McGuire, Linda Mendelson, Nicholas Miles, Shayle Miller, John Mohr, Jeanne Monty, Suzette O’Neil, Susan Laws and Michael Orenstein, Lori Osborne, Adam Parker, Jan Perney, Peter Gann and Wendy Pollock, Katherine Porter, Jean Prindiville, Heidi Randhava, Beatrix Rashid, Robert and Patty Reece, Mary and Phil Roden, Steven and Ellen Rogin, Kathy and Jeff Rose, Lisa Rosenblate, Jen Roth, Penny Rotheiser, Oliver Ruff, Thomas Scott, Victoria Shire, Keisha Smith, Margaret Smith, Erik Snapp,Mary H. Sotir, Ingrid and Bill Stafford, Chris and Bill Steel, William Suther, Christina Taufen, Lisa Taylor, Emily Thomas, Sue Thompson, Robert Tootelian, Lois and Dennis Trautvetter, Anita Victorn, John Walsh,Jordan and Sarah Webb, Joel Weiner, John Wertymer, Penelope Whiteside, Susan Witkowski, Judy Witt, Dorothy Wyandt, Sera Young, Eileen Yu, Bradley Zakarin.

Gifts were made in honor of Ellen Galland (from Bernadette Fort) and Les Jacobson (from Michele Bresler).

NewsMatch was a resounding success this year. We’ll send a report to our community of supporters soon. If you haven’t contributed, don’t worry – the opportunity to become a member of the RoundTable is available 365 days a year. Just click below!

We need your help to continue investing in high-quality and in-depth journalism, reporting news that strengthens and enlightens our community, encourages civic engagement and bolsters our democracy. Please join our community of readers and become a member today.


Around the web

COVID-19 vaccine mandate starts Monday, but how will Chicago restaurants enforce it? Here’s what to know. With a rapidly shifting virus, it’s hard to say whether requiring proof of vaccination at bars and restaurants will make a meaningful difference in curtailing the spread of the omicron variant.

Northwestern’s updated quarantine and isolation protocol inconsistent with CDC’s recommendations. The university’s recent changes to its isolation policy state that asymptomatic individuals who test positive will only be released after five days given that they test negative using a rapid antigen test on the fifth day or later.


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