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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

“I hate doing taxes and I don’t want to pay people to do them,” said Rick Parris, mailing his taxes late Tuesday afternoon just before the deadline. He was one of dozens at Evanston’s main post office. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

The school board in DeKalb County, Georgia, is set to vote today on District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton’s candidacy for the top job there. Horton was announced as sole finalist for the post two weeks ago, but his move to Georgia isn’t assured. State and county officials have offered mixed reactions to his selection. Controversies over his decisions in Evanston and his consulting work with Chicago Public Schools have come up in DeKalb town hall meetings.

More than 100 Northwestern students gathered on campus Tuesday to demand more support for Black students and changes to campus policing after patrols increased in response to last week’s fatal shooting at Clark Street Beach. The group also listed four demands from the 1968 Bursar’s Office takeover that it said the school still hasn’t met.

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Students at Lincolnwood Elementary School were briefly placed on lockdown and Evanston Police responded Tuesday morning after an 8-year-old student told his teacher that he had a loaded handgun magazine in his bag. No guns were found on the campus, and the magazine came from a firearm belonging to a relative, police said later. “There were no threats to the school and the investigation did not reveal any intent by the juvenile to cause harm,” an EPD news release said.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Two new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, April 17, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 3.6 cases per day.

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Overall, discipline incidents and suspensions are down significantly at ETHS over the past decade, but racial disparities persist. Black students, who make up less than 25% of enrollment, received 66% of all out-of-school suspensions last year.

Residents viewed architecture firm MKSK’s three options for the Larimer Park renovation in the Fourth Ward in a meeting Tuesday night. The concepts offered different combinations of trees, gardens and recreational areas at the 1.6-acre site.

“When we shred and cart away our leaves, biodiversity is going with it,” Leslie Shad says in a plea for gardeners to leave fallen leaves alone. Decomposing leaves give insects and other tiny critters a home and creates natural fertilizer, she writes.

Radishes rule: Julie Chernoff is a fan of the spring root veggies, and lists tips and recipe ideas for using radishes in your cooking this season.

“We should try to support legislators and other citizens that act to protect our earth. We are all in this together,” Peggy Tarr writes, in a column ahead of this Saturday’s Earth Day. She includes her poem for Earth Day, first published in April 2008.

Letter to the editor: Evanston’s League of Women Voters is out with the 10th edition of This Is Evanston. The book, first published in 1949, has been updated and includes a new chapter on city issues and challenges.

Mother’s Day House Walk: After a three-year hiatus, the Evanston History Center event returns May 14 with visits to the interiors of five homes in Evanston’s Lake Shore Historic District.

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Credit: Mary Ransford

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Kosher spot Main Pizza Chalavi moving into closed Gullivers location on Howard. The West Ridge kosher pizza restaurant plans to relocate to the former home of the legendary pizzeria, which closed in 2022 after nearly 60 years.

Illinois assault weapons ban withstands appeal in federal court. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for an injunction against the ban.

CTA riders ask: Why is Chicago’s transit tracker unreliable? The city used to have a fairly advanced tracking technology, but the algorithm has become obsolete.

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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...