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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Evanston firefighters train Wednesday at an empty house at 1925 Jackson Ave., one of seven homes the city bought to redevelop the northeast corner of Jackson and Emerson Street. The buildings get razed next month. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

From left: D65 candidates John Matthew Martin, Mya Wilkins, Sergio Hernandez and Ndona Muboyayi discuss their ideas at a forum on Saturday, March 18.
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Many RoundTable readers have asked us how the teachers unions at District 65 and Evanston Township High School arrived at their school board candidate endorsements. So we talked with teachers and union representatives to find out who was in the room where it happened and how they made their decisions.

Note to readers: As a nonprofit the RoundTable does not issue endorsements nor publish others’ endorsements. We may, however, report endorsements by a group or public figure as news.

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A Nichols Middle School student was sent to the emergency room Wednesday after eating a marijuana edible. In an evening email to families, Principal Marcus Wright said the edible “caused a reaction that caught the attention of one of our staff members.” The student was taken to the hospital and “is stable and recovering well,” Wright wrote. He said administrators determined the student had been given the edible by another student, and the substance was confiscated.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 14 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, March 28, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.71 cases per day.

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Local property owner Cameel Halim seeks special use zoning to turn the former King Home at 1555 Oak Ave. into an apartment hotel, the first application under a new licensing program. The Planning & Development Committee had a lot of questions on Monday.

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Columnist Simone Larson, a teacher, broke a key the other day. It seemed like a minor issue until a later realization: “My key, I thought, is broken. My classroom key is broken. I won’t be able to lock my door in the case of an emergency. And here we are. Another day in America.”

Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, City Hall
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The city’s search for an equity manager is nearing an end, with the list down to four candidates. “We hope to be able to offer the position to a final candidate in the next couple of weeks,” said City Manager Luke Stowe via email on March 27.

The city has long sought a location for a dog park, and Council Member Jonathan Nieuwsma may have the spot: Grey Park, just northeast of the Ninth Ward. On Wednesday, that ward got an update on the idea and a report on crime stats.

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On the soccer pitch and at the chessboard, senior Nathan Melnikov (right side of table, third from bottom), has turned in impressive performances for the Wildkits. He scored a critical win as ETHS took second in this year’s State Chess Finals.

First Saturday Evanston Art Events encourage the community to explore the creative arts on the first Saturday of every month. On April 1, there will be open studios, gallery exhibits, art in front yards and sketching at Sketchbook Brewery.

Photos from our readers

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This rainbow over the Northwestern lakefill was captured Sunday by Will Van Dyke after a late afternoon rain shower. Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

It’s Northwestern vs. Evanston neighbors over a new $800 million stadium that will host concerts and serve booze. The Wall Street Journal reports on the divide over the proposed rebuild of Ryan Field.

School board races take center stage ahead of election day as early votes are cast. Evanston voters are casting roughly 100 ballots a day during early voting, according to election judges, totaling 1,374 votes by the close of Wednesday’s polls. 

City staff discuss ADA improvement plan, new comprehensive plan and zoning requests. Evanston city staffers presented plans for accessibility improvements and updating the city’s comprehensive plan, adopted in 2000.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...