Evanston RoundTable

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In case you missed any of the most important news last week, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the RoundTable this past week.

City News

Council member Bobby Burns at Oct. 4 meeting. (RoundTable photo)

With eviction orders on way, Council member Bobby Burns presses for greater notice to tenants. With the Illinois moratorium on evictions ended on Oct. 3, an Evanston Council member is calling for the City to receive early notice of potential evictions of Evanston residents and pass that information along to renters that they might have to vacate their buildings.

Library apologizes for racist imagery in display

How many votes to fire a city manager? Council members undecided about whether to ease rule.

Evanston City Council members apologize to lakefront victims of alleged sexual harassment.

New home for Evanston strays moves closer to reality.

City panel approves fewer but larger units in 1900 Emerson high-rise.

McCulloch Park, celebrating life and work of Evanston suffragist, finally reopens.

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Enrollment closer to projections in District 65, but still below pre-pandemic levelsDistrict 65 is experiencing a return of students thanks to in-person learning.

Art & Life

DMAC Architecture offices in the Mount Moriah Masonic Temple, 1229 Emerson St., are participating in this year’s Open House Chicago festival. (Photo by Ellen Galland) Credit: Photo by Ellen Galland

Open House Chicago to include more than 100 sites – several in or near Evanston. Since 2011 the Chicago Architecture Center has produced a unique and free public festival, “one of the largest events of its kind in the world,” according to the event’s website, openhousechicago.org. The 2021 edition of Open House Chicago will feature self-guided tours of more than 100 sites in over 30 neighborhoods, many not typically open to the public.

The Lighthouse Keeper sees … the Arts Council has asked the Human Services Committee to approve and accept a donation of public art to be installed between Bates and Fullerton Parks at Lincoln Avenue and Ridge Street. Artist Rudolph Seno‘s estate has offered the City the copper, bronze and steel sculpture titled “Ice Cream Throne.” 

Evanston residents celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Rank and File | Nakamura finishes second in Champions Chess Tour Finals.

Public Square

A survey found 44% of respondents were concerned about basement flooding. (Photo by Vidya Venkataramanan/We are Water)

We are Water | Submerged streets, wet basements: Many Evanstonians concerned about flooding. The cost of flooding in Evanston is too high to ignore. Flooding and storms caused approximately $6 million worth of damage along Evanston’s lakefront alone in 2019, and costs may continue to rise as episodes of heavy rainfall become increasingly frequent due to climate change.

Environmental Justice Evanston marks one year since City passed resolution, outlines work ahead.


Groff sparks playoff-eligible Kits to 41-10 romp. Daring Dylan Groff to beat you deep is one strategy opposing coaches can try to stop Evanston’s football team. But that wasn’t the right choice for Glenbrook North Friday night at Lazier Field.

ETHS field hockey: Seniors find focus in home finale.

ETHS boys soccer: Wildkits finish with bang on home turf.

ETHS boys golf: Team shoots season-best score at sectional tourney.

ETHS girls golf: Kits thrive with drives but bow out at sectional.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...