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

First cohort of youth delegates to the National League of Cities Virtual City Summit in 2020 (City of Evanston packet)

‘Mission drift?’: Council members seek info, accountability for Cradle to Career’s $50,000 funding request. Evanston Cradle to Career, an organization created to address inequity in the community by pulling together resources from partner organizations throughout Evanston, offered a long list of highlights at the Oct. 11 City Council meeting in its request for an annual contribution from the city. But amid all that activity, Council members were trying to get handle on the organization’s central mission.

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ETHS District 202 School Board with an update on COVID-19 on Oct. 11. (Photo by Duncan Agnew)

District 202 gives COVID-19 vaccination update, unveils ‘portrait of an ETHS graduate’ project. Meeting with Evanston Township High School District 202 board members Monday night, Dr. Taya Kinzie, Associate Principal for Student Services, announced that 96% of school staff and 77% of students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

District 65 may reduce the number of schools, cut teachers to align with decreases in student enrollment. District 65 administrators made clear at a Finance Committee meeting on Oct. 11 that a financial goal to “reduce the District’s footprint” means to close one or more of the District’s schools. What was once assumed is now clearly stated. This is one strategy to reduce the District’s projected deficits.

Art & Life

Heart O Chicago: Stuck at the light (Photo by Mark Cleveland)
  • The art of making art: Mark Cleveland. During the pandemic, nearly everyone stayed closer to home, and many suddenly had a lot of time available provided by normal activities that were no longer available. For Mark Cleveland, a graphic artist who creates oil paintings, stained glass, and illustrations, that extra time translated into driving and walking around Evanston – his community for 30 years – and observing its sights much more closely than ever before.

Public Square

Julie Hacker and Stuart Cohen (Meilssa Pinney photo)

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | Evanston architect Stuart Cohen. Longtime Design Evanston member Stuart Cohen received the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 15. Cohen has had a multifaceted career, with groundbreaking research and writing informing his practice of architecture.


ETHS football: Wildkits fall flat in second half at Maine South. Two quarters away from ending Maine South’s two decades of football dominance in their head-to-head rivalry, Evanston Township High School couldn’t seal the deal Friday night in Park Ridge.

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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...