Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Usually we like to start each day’s newsletter with a photograph. But today we’re breaking with that camera habit to show you a mockup of what 2023 tax bills will look like. While the graphic by the RoundTable’s Jasper Davidoff may not qualify as a pretty picture, it’s sure to be an image of interest to local homeowners.

Reporters Duncan Agnew and Manan Bhavnani gathered info on all the property tax levies filed by Dec. 31, 2022, for the 2023 year and calculated it will be a $450 increase in property taxes for a $425,000 home, the median-priced residence in Evanston. The full analysis is here for an early look at your tax bill.

And now on to some less-taxing reads.

As Evanston redistricts its wards for the first time in 20 years, the committee dealing with that task hopes to keep the process simple. Unlike in 2003, when the city drafted 15 different potential new maps for Evanston’s nine wards, Council Member Jonathan Nieuwsma, the committee chair, said his goal is “tweaking some borders here and there.” But he also predicted lively discussions once maps are drawn up.

Neighbors of Mt. Pisgah Ministry need to be engaged in additional conversations about plans for a large-scale redevelopment, the city’s Land Use Commission determined Wednesday. The project proposed for the corner of Church Street and Darrow Avenue would involve a city-church land swap and constructing a new church building as well as an apartment building with 44 units of affordable housing.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 15.7 cases per day.


More RoundTable reads

Calling all artists: Evanston’s Arts Council is throwing a mixer for local leaders in the art space to connect and exchange ideas on Jan. 30 at Sketchbook Brewing.

Running, gunning and winning: ETHS boys basketball beat Niles North at its own game Tuesday night, using the transition game on its way to a 79-53 victory, boosting the Wildkits’ record to 14-4 this season.

Starting this Saturday, Jan. 14, the Evanston Ecology Center begins hosting its wintertime Indoor Farmers’ Market. The markets will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings, twice a month. Check out the full list of dates here.


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Around the web

Illinois protects reproductive rights. The legislation protects Illinois providers from out-of-state attempts to prosecute them for abortions or gender-affirming care.

Northwestern investigating hazing allegation within football program. The university has hired an attorney to lead the inquiry. Northwestern said the investigation will likely include interviews with players, coaches and staff members.

NUGW union election takes place after years of grassroots organizing. The Northwestern University Graduate Workers vote has been years in the making.


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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...