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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Evanston Township High School diver Susannah “Zuzu” Bailey is heading to state, the only ETHS qualifier this year. This was her first year as a diver. She’s been a gymnast most of her athletic career. She said: “I am really wonderfully surprised. I didn’t expect anything like this, not at all.”

And now, as you might expect, here’s the local news report:

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Junior Wilkdkits head coach Seth Himrod wants to win, but he says there’s a lot more to youth football than championships. “Football is just the vehicle of providing mentorship and life lessons,” he says. More than 3,000 boys have gone through the K-8 program under the Army veteran’s watch.

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This past summer was the first in nearly a century that all Evanston residents could access all beaches for free. In part two of his two-part series, reporter Duncan Agnew looks at how racial discrimination has fueled segregation on the lakefront for decades.


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Election Day: Tuesday is the final day to vote. Don’t miss the RoundTable’s voting rundown: Evanston’s ballot guide for the 2022 general election.

Coffee with the Chief: Evanston Police Department’s new Chief of Police Schenita Stewart is making her rounds. She’ll be meeting with the Eighth and Ninth wards on Wednesday and the Third Ward Thursday.

Online conversation with Margaret Sullivan: Thursday, the former media critic of The Washington Post is speaking with the RoundTable’s editor Susy Schultz about the threats to journalism and democracy.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: 16 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Nov. 3, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 13.1 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Credit: Rob Lancaster

Photographer Rob Lancaster, above, has begun a new project creating “abstract photography” artworks. You might think that phrase sounds like a contradiction in terms. Read Jean Cunningham’s careful description of why it’s not.

“Dear Gabby, My husband keeps cheating at Battleship, and refuses to own up to it. Is our marriage doomed?” Sink some time reading Gabby’s advice.

Evanston residents expressed concerns about a utilities hike, the city’s spending priorities and the pension funds at a budget town hall meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, on the city’s proposed 2023 fiscal plan. The Truth is Taxation town hall is tonight.

‘The Midwestern blessing of a warm October afternoon.’ Evanston poet Angela Valavanis describes a fall day in the Midwest.

Credit: Evanston Animal Shelter

The Evanston Animal Shelter has a lot to bark about. Its first gala since before COVID-19 raised $30,000 for the city’s four-legged friends.

The Evanston Rules podcast talks to Larry Axelrood, above, a man whose thoughtfulness and love of his hometown shine through. He’s a retired Circuit Court Judge, the author of three novels, and the guy everyone wants on their side.

Letter to the editor: Election 2022 – Amendment 1 referendum. Charles Hutchinson, GOP challenger to state Rep. Robyn Gabel, writes: “The Unions do not need more power or influence in this state. What they want is ambiguous at best and opens the door for all kind of additional negotiations for which the taxpayer will be forced to pay.”


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Around the web

In final push, Kamala Harris frames election as fight for democracy and Republicans vow to ‘restore’ Illinois. Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Chicago comes a day after President Joe Biden campaigned for congressional Democrats in the suburbs.

How to improve Howard Street? Rogers Park Business Alliance, City of Evanston team on 1st joint study of business corridor. A state grant of about $100,000 is allowing the Rogers Park Business Alliance and city of Evanston to work together to improve the street that borders the cities.

Beanie Feldstein announced as Northwestern Hillel fall speaker. The Booksmart actress will chat with NU community members at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Nichols Concert Hall.

Students and faculty address lack of racial diversity in Northwestern theatre, discuss potential solutions to challenges. Of the 98 students who graduated from NU with a bachelor’s degree in drama and theatre arts in 2021, about 75% were white.


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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the Evanston RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative...