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.

Social Justice

Joseph Sargent took a break from skateboarding to talk to the RoundTable. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

‘Justice’ is Key in National, Local Reaction to Chauvin Guilty Verdict. Much of Evanston was watching or listening when, at 4 p.m. on April 20, a jury convicted now-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Gathering Marks a Sliver of Justice Done. About 100 people stood in the cold evening sun on April 21 to mark a sliver of justice in the prior day’s conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Reverend Dr. Michael Nabors, pastor of Second Baptist Church, convened the gathering, which he named “One Battle Won in the War on Racism.”

The Chauvin Verdict: Police Work Is a Job ‘Where We Need to Make the Right Decisions,’ says Evanston Police Chief Demitrous Cook. Evanston Police Chief Demitrous Cook, like much of the country, was waiting for word to come down on the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

‘Stop Killing Us’ Protest and Rally Draws Hundreds, Issues Call to Action. More than 500 people joined Evanston Fight for Black Lives (EFBL) and Northwestern Community Not Cops (NUCNC) at Independence Park on April 18 to stand in solidarity for Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo and call for the reallocation of funding away from the Police Department to other locally funded agencies.

Arts & Life

The View from 2031. From the reverent and romantic, to the mundane and even sardonic, the artifacts in the Evanston History Center’s 2020 Time Capsule capture the essence of a challenging year.

Artist Cécile Trentini Creates ‘Sand Tattoo’ for Evanston Made’s Art for the Earth. An outdoor art installation titled “Red-Zone Earth” by Evanston artist Cécile Trentini decorated Lee Street beach on April 22 in honor of Earth Day.

Sheila Arnold Interprets Social Activist Daisy Bates. On April 13, the Levy Lecture Series audience was entertained by professional storyteller and historical interpreter Sheila Arnold who presented a virtual “conversation” with the social activist Daisy Bates, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Arkansas in the 1950s.

Dear Gabby: Narcissistic Co-worker Strikes Again. And Again. My co-worker is one of those people who talks incessantly about himself and never asks anything about you. A simple “Hi, how are you,” on the way to the restroom can turn into an earful about the book he just published, the talk he just gave, or if you’re really unlucky, his recent divorce. In the meantime, you could have just won the Nobel Peace Prize and he wouldn’t say boo. It is so annoying! How can I subtly say to him, knock it off!

Rank and File | ETHS Takes Its Game to New Zealand. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the major U.S. chess tournaments that are normally played in person have been moved to online chess websites.

City News

Members of Girl Scout Troup 45741 and their parents helped clean up the Main-Dempster Mile. (Photo by Evan Girard)

Volunteers Help Give the Community a Fresh Look for Spring. Although the weather was not always spring-like, volunteers of all ages took some time this week to tidy up their corner of the community.

Library Board Members Call for Roadmap to Chart Library’s Journey to Recovery. Evanston Public Library officials have been lifting restrictions and carefully returning services to the City’s libraries as the area recovers from COVID-19. At the April 21 Library Board meeting, some trustees spoke about speeding up the process and called for a roadmap to chart progress.

Staff Proposal Would Pull Plug on Citizens Board of Ethics, Turn Process Over to Special Counsel and City-Hired Hearing Officer. The City’s Board of Ethics would be eliminated and a City-paid hearing officer would decide ethics violations cases under a staff proposal that some residents have raised concerns over, saying it would be a step backward from the system now in place.

Business Hub Planned for Former E-Z Spuds Site Up for Council Approval. A proposal to make the vacant E-Z Spuds site into a new home for a collection of businesses, including a laundry café, has moved a step closer to approval.

City Council Recommends RFP for Alternatives to Emergency Response Team. At the March 22 City Council meeting, aldermen accepted the report from the Alternatives to 911 Subcommittee and directed staff to draft and issue a request for proposals for an Alternative to Emergency Response team.

Kensington Proposal to Move Ahead Despite 5-3 Plan Commission Vote. By a 5-3 vote on April 14, the City’s Plan Commission recommended against a request for a special use to build a day-care center and preschool in northwest Evanston.

Public Square

Meditation: Conditional Love, by Charles Wilkinson. A while back I asked a friend, playfully, “If you were a word what would it be?” He thought for a bit, then said, “A word? Not a tree or animal? So many choices.” After a minute, he said, “I’d be a verb because I need to be doing things. Maybe something like ‘Go.’ ”


Fies’ Goal Clinches Happy Ending for ETHS Boys Soccer Team. A season that was in doubt right until the opening kick couldn’t have had a happier ending. Evanston’s boys soccer team blanked rival New Trier 1-0 last weekend in Northfield and captured the Central Suburban League round-robin postseason tournament championship. A goal by Charlie Fies – a rebound blast in the 15th minute – and clutch goalie play by Ben Weyman enabled the Wildkits to reclaim the fire hydrant trophy they lost three weeks ago to the Trevians.

Late Rally Falls Short for Wildkits in Football Finale. Evanston’s football team almost pulled off a last-second miracle Friday night in New Lenox. But Lincoln-Way Central’s Joe Keller had other ideas. The Lincoln-Way linebacker intercepted a PAT pass with 10 seconds left on the clock and frustrated Evanston’s bid for a happy ending to a COVID-19 plagued season, allowing the Knights to escape with a 24-22 victory.

Vasquez Breaks Loose with 4-hit Game in ETHS Win. Alex Vasquez fouled a ball off his foot Wednesday against Conant and had to take a couple of days off. Turns out that was more of a break for the pitching staffs at Von Steuben and Lake Forest than it was for Vasquez. Back in action after missing those two games, Vasquez banged out four hits and led a 14-hit parade as Evanston’s baseball team buried Niles North 14-2 Saturday to start Central Suburban League play.

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