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The Evanston Children’s Choir performs at the Holiday Light Celebration. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Good Sunday morning, Evanston.

Community members flocked to Fountain Square last night in honor of the Downtown Evanston Holiday Light Celebration.

The night’s festivities included performances by the Evanston Children’s Choir, Northwestern a cappella group Purple Haze and circus artists from the Actor’s Gymnasium. Mayor Daniel Biss took the podium to speak about the importance of shopping local, and children posed for photos with Santa.

Emails obtained by the Evanston RoundTable show why female lifeguards grew so frustrated with the city’s response to their allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. In one email, a city official told complaining lifeguards that action on their demands would have to wait because “the priority right now is getting the City’s budget passed for 2021.”

And a key city official wrote to another in the summer of 2020 that it was “doubtful that anyone at the City will agree to apologize and admit that it knew this stuff was going on.”

It’s taken decades for Evanston to commit to paying reparations to Black residents over historic racial discrimination, and it might take a few more months for housing grant recipients to get their funds.

Initially, the committee had a Nov. 11 deadline to approve applications and a Nov. 30 deadline to select the first 16 grant recipients. Neither of these deadlines were met. The deadline to approve all outstanding applications is now Dec. 15. No new deadline has been set for when grant recipients will be selected.

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

City News

Evanston shooting that killed teen, wounded four others appears to be ‘targeted,’ police say, A Sunday night shooting outside a gas station on Green Bay Road that left one teenager dead and four others injured appeared to be targeted, Evanston Police said at a news conference Monday.

People of all ages came to express their love. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Dozens gather for balloon release in memory of shooting victim Carl Dennison III. A prayerful balloon release was held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mobil gas station in Evanston where Dennison lost his life to gun violence.

Reverend Michael Nabors moderates the Dec. 1 rally. (RoundTable photo)

Rev. Nabors: Community must provide ‘alternate routes, not dead ends.’ Community leaders gathered at NAACP’s ‘Stop the Violence’ rally.

5th Ward meeting focuses on Green Bay Road shooting, and how to move forward.

‘I’ve got a lot to learn from everybody’: Daniel Biss and his journey to Evanston City Hall, Ask him or his old friends, and they will all tell you that Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss was never supposed to work in politics.

Charting a course to greater access. The city brings in a consultant firm for the first major upgrade to Americans with Disabilities Act standards since 2012.

Funds for The Aux on hold: Economic Development Committee tables request for $1 million in federal money for Black business hub

Proposed 16-story building at 1900 Sherman raises questions about ‘affordable housing’ label.

COVID-19 Update as of December 2: 27 new cases in Evanston, 11,524 in the state

Art & Life

(Photo by Sam Stroozas)

‘Ice Cream Cats’ rescued from house fire await new homes, but 5 euthanized at Chicago shelter. When the Evanston Animal Shelter could not accommodate the mass influx of felines, five cats were sent to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago and two to PAWS Chicago. The animals sent to PAWS and the Anti-Cruelty Society faced starkly different fates

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

Majestic Reign offers winter meals, summer camps for low-income Evanstonians. Growing up, as a young African American with a father from the Congo, Ndona Muboyayi was hyperaware of issues of inequality in the community.

Talking with CEO Craig Lynch about challenges and plans at Y.O.U. Craig Lynch started his job as CEO of Youth & Opportunity United in July 2020, less than four months into the pandemic.

Menorah lighting illuminates faith and hope

Evanston Arts Council to receive $150,000 American Rescue Plan grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Gail Bush and Dr. Daisy meet a new friend (RoundTable photo)

‘The Dogtor will See You Now’ Lots of species have become therapists – dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, llamas, rabbits, dolphins, even wolves. All of us could use a support critter.

My daughter leaves the house in ridiculous outfits. Dear Gabby, My eighth grade daughter is very body conscious, as many young women are at her age (and any age actually). I try to be as supportive as I can and tell her she is beautiful inside and out.

The Lighthouse Keeper sees… that a fairy door at child’s eye height welcomes small visitors to NiceLena and Friends’ shop at 1235 Chicago Avenue

Rank and File | World Chess Championship: A drawn-out contest?

Public Square

Les Jacobson: A.I. ate my homework. The bots are coming. And not just over the horizon, people, but right now, right here, in your computer and smartphone. Am I being paranoid or realistic?

Letter from the Mayor: Our hearts are broken today. Last night, five people between the ages of 14 and 18 were shot on Green Bay Road near Asbury.

Donna Sokolowski: Why I retired from District 65. The most important discussions we should have are about the children.


Hardy, Wildkit veterans hope to make a splash. Caden Hardy’s school record effort in the 100-yard breaststroke event in Evanston’s swim competition last year was a breakthrough moment.

ETHS boys basketball: Bost, Adams lead Kits to tournament title.

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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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...