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A young Daniel Biss in the early days of his math career. (Photo via Daniel Biss)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Six months into his new term as mayor, the RoundTable had an opportunity to sit down with Daniel Biss in his office at the Civic Center for an interview about his political journey. The mayor and former candidate for governor in Illinois said his political philosophy remains that he has “a lot to learn from everybody.”

“When the stakes for the community are high, I have a responsibility to get it right and to be engaged,” Biss told the RoundTable.

According to a RoundTable analysis, between 2017 and 2020, School District 65 has been able to increase its property tax levy by significant amounts due to the value of new construction in the District.

In its 2020 tax levy, the District was able to increase its levy by more than $4.9 million due to new construction added to the district’s property tax rolls in the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  

COVID by the numbers: 16 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 11.

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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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Majestic Reign hosted its Summer Jubilee in June. (Photo provided)

Majestic Reign offers winter meals, summer camps for low-income Evanstonians. Fifth-generation Evanstonian Ndona Muboyayi founded the local nonprofit to help overlooked low-income communities, including older adults and immigrant and refugee families.

The original fairy door at NiceLena and Friends on Chicago Avenue. (RoundTable photo)

The Lighthouse Keeper sees… In the latest column, the Lighthouse Keeper pondered local businesses and nonprofits with yesterday’s Giving Tuesday.

Mayor Daniel Biss and US Rep. Jan Schakowsky dance the hora. (Photo by Les Jacobson)

Menorah lighting illuminates faith and hope. Mayor Biss and other local representatives celebrated the second night of Hanukkah by lighting up a 10-foot Menorah at Fountain Square.

ETHS boys basketball: Bost, Adams lead Kits to tournament title. The Wildkits whipped St. Viator 73-59 to complete the round-robin tourney with a perfect 4-0 mark as Bost and Adams each netted 18 points.

Evanston holiday gift cards support spending local. To celebrate Cyber Monday on November 29, Downtown Evanston launched a Holiday Gift Card BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One).

City announces 2022 parking updates. The changes include reduced parking rates, extended maximum parking times, an updated fee structure and making the city’s lakefront parking pilot program year-round.

Levy Cafe: A congregate meal program for seniors. The Levy Senior Center is serving hot meals Monday through Friday and 5-pack frozen meals on Tuesdays. Apply online to join the program.

Around the web

Latinos en Evanston North Shore connects community amid pandemic. The grassroots community organization provides a support system where the Latin community in the northern suburbs can go for language courses and holiday celebrations.

COVID’s Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High’ Global Risk; Local Officials Urge Vaccinations, Masks. As researchers learn more about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Chicago public health officials continued to encourage mask wearing and vaccines, while emphasizing that unvaccinated people remain at the greatest risk.

Vaccine disparities led to unnecessary deaths in Chicago, a new study finds. Research from the University of Chicago has shown that a more equitable vaccine rollout could have saved over 100 lives in the city.

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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...