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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Evanston resident Paul Chasnoff and his springer spaniel Elio (above) regard each other with obvious affection during a recent training session at Northwestern University – an image of man’s best friend captured by Les Jacobson.

And now, here’s the news from your friends at the RoundTable:

Abah Antonio (right) is sworn in as an Evanston police officer in 2018. Credit: EPD Twitter

The Evanston Public Library security guard who got into a physical altercation and drew a gun on a man at the library on Jan. 9 has resigned from his post as a patrol officer at the Niles Police Department. After reviewing video footage of the library incident, Niles Police Commander Kelly Eckardt had recommended that Abah Antonio be fired because of “blatant disregard for firearm safety,” including putting his finger on the trigger and pointing his gun at people who were not the suspect. Antonio remains employed as a security officer at the EPL main branch.

Streetplus, a contractor providing street cleaning and maintenance services to the City of Evanston, has fired three workers and suspended another without pay after video surveillance showed them attacking a man near Fountain Square on Feb. 13. The company is requiring its Evanston employees to undergo “additional enhanced training,” including anger management and strategies for interacting with those who may be homeless or mentally ill. The city has lifted its suspension of the Streetplus Clean Team program and said it will resume Monday, March 13.

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A student at Walker Elementary School in Skokie reportedly brought a BB gun to the building during the school day on Tuesday, March 7, Principal James Gray said in an email to families. Gray wrote that police went to the child’s home and recovered the BB gun and there is no ongoing safety threat.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, March 7, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 14.1 cases per day.

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At a Wednesday open house on the city’s shoreline repair project, design firm SmithGroup presented possible changes to the city’s lakefront, from the Sheridan Road retaining wall on the south to the dog beach on the north. In general, ideas aim to boost accessibility and prevent erosion and flooding.

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Letter to the City Council: The Evanston Restaurant Association writes in opposition of the proposed Fair Work Week Ordinance: “This is a misguided proposal that would destroy workplace flexibility while devastating a broad spectrum of industries that drive Evanston’s economy.”

Lesley Williams, president of the Community Alliance for Better Government. Credit: Richard Cahan

Letter to the editor: Lesley Williams, president of the Community Alliance for Better Government, responds to City Manager Luke Stowe’s criticism of how council members treat city staff. “The real question is, do Stowe and his staff have Evanston’s back?” she writes.

District 65 candidates. Top row (from left): Sergio Hernandez Jr. and John Martin. Bottom row (from left): Ndona Muboyayi, Omar G. Salem and Mya Wilkins. Credit: Composite image

As the April 4 election nears, the League of Women Voters of Evanston will sponsor a March 18 candidate forum for District 65 School Board candidates (shown above) at 1 p.m, followed by a 3 p.m. forum for the City Council’s Ninth Ward seat (candidates are Juan Geracaris and Kathy Hayes).

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Older residents can renew their driver’s licenses and take advantage of other services at a Mobile DMV and Senior Resource Fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

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Picturing Evanston: Light and shadow play on the facade of the historic landmark Hahn Building on Sherman Avenue, just north of Fountain Square. The building is still standing after a number of development proposals for the block have come and gone. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Jan Schakowsky moves Glenview office to Skokie. The congresswoman has opened a new district office at 4500 Oakton St., Skokie.

Northwestern students raise more than $25,000 for cancer research, host series of physical challenges. Inspired by their friend’s fight against cancer, two NU students started a GoFundMe for the American Institute for Cancer Research. 

2 former Cook County prosecutors indicted in connection to decades-old wrongful conviction case. Andrew Horvat and Nick Trutenko face misconduct charges after a man spent decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

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Gina Castro

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