Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Lisa Degliantoni snaps a photo of Joerg Metzner, who returns the favor outside the Evanston Made pop-up gallery at 832 Dempster St. This month the gallery is showcasing Evanston photographers, including our Picturing Evanston creator.

Now that you’ve got the picture, here’s a snapshot of the news.

City Council plans to vote next month on a $402 million proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2023, and community advocates showed up at Monday’s council meeting to make their concerns heard. They also asked for more city outreach to get feedback from residents, and First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly led an effort to continue the public comment hearing.

Every Sunday morning, a group of steadfast volunteers join longtime environmental steward Libby Hill, above right, to help remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs and nurture a tiny remnant of a forest that once stood in northwest Evanston. That plot of land is Perkins Woods, Evanston’s only forest preserve.

For more than a year, the city’s Planning and Development Housing Subcommittee has tried – and largely failed – to make progress addressing Evanston’s housing ordinances and rental property registration system. The panel continues to debate contentious topics like the “three-unrelated rule” that limits how many people may share rental housing. Signs of progress continue to be scarce.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 19 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Oct. 24, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 15.7 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

For writer and poet Clint Smith, history is an “heirloom passed down from generation.” At a keynote talk at Northwestern, Smith discussed his journey to different sites of enslavement across the U.S.

What should you do when you reach that inevitable gap between expectations and reality? Appreciate the moment, says columnist Les Jacobson.

Week in photos: Oct. 18-24. What do babies, ducks, haunted houses and construction sites have in common? They were all photographed in Evanston this week. Take a look at Ruben Mendoza’s spooky yard – if you dare.

Is it better to be feared or respected? RoundTable columnist Peggy Tarr explores that question this week.

A salute to support staff: Bilingual Program Teacher Aide Ingrid Strasburger, from left, Language Lab Specialist Shari Iverson and Child Study Center Assistant Missy Munsey-Johnson took home this year’s ETHS Guillebeaux-Arceneaux Award.

Letter to the editor: Sunday news digest hits the ‘sweet spot.’ “I learn about my wonderful city and you help me understand it,” educator Kristin Lems writes in appreciation of the RoundTable’s email digest.


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Around the web

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band — caught on video as the July 4 attack unfolded — returns with joy to Highland Park. The band, which has performed at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade for 11 years, played in the Chicago suburb this past Sunday for the first time since the shooting.

110 Affordable Apartments Proposed For Corner Across From Howard Street Red Line Station. Housing For All wants to build a $30 million, six-story residential building with 110 affordable units at the corner of Howard and Paulina streets, just across the street from the southern border of Evanston.

Journalists Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor discuss reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Twohey, an Evanston native and ETHS graduate, won the Pulitzer Prize alongside Kantor in 2018 for breaking the Weinstein story. The two visited Northwestern on Monday.


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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...