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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

It was Morris “Dino” Robinson Jr.’s day yesterday at the Civic Center – literally. Robinson, founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center, was lauded at the City Council meeting with a proclamation naming the day in his honor for his work celebrating Black history in Evanston. Robinson is stepping down as Shorefront’s executive director, to be succeeded by Laurice Bell, at left in the photo above, alongside Robinson’s mother Margo, a Shorefront board member. This new era was one of many stories we need to cover. So let’s get to it.

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Council Member Clare Kelly, 1st Ward, proposed a motion last night to move forward on 100% funding of police and fire pensions; the measure passed 8-1. The extra $4.49 million needed would be drawn solely from city reserves and not increase the property tax. A final vote on the issue is not scheduled until Dec. 12.

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Most flu seasons also see a mild surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common infection that mainly affects infants and young children. But this fall, surges in flu and RSV among kids have strained the health system across the state and nation. Experts urge parents to take precautions and watch for symptoms.


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COVID-19 by the numbers: 11 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Nov. 27, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 13 cases per day.


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She Said, a film that tells the inspiring story of how two reporters exposed Hollywood sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, “is as compelling as it gets, a must-see,” writes critic Doris Popovich. And one of the reporters has Evanston roots!

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Squash has long been perceived as an upper-crust pursuit. But 30 youths involved in Evanston’s MetroSquash program have discovered the game is highly accessible and may unlock doors to academic and professional success.

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Following a busy weekend for Evanston retailers, the holiday shopping outlook remains upbeat. Economic Development Manager Paul Zalmezak said the city’s business districts “reported brisk sales and lots of foot traffic.” And he predicted relative stability for the city during a possible upcoming recession.

Update: No additional candidates filed before Monday’s deadline for races to represent Evanston’s Second and Ninth wards. Second Ward candidates are (top row, from left): Darlene Cannon, Patricia Gregory and incumbent Krissie Harris. In the Ninth Ward (bottom row): incumbent Juan Geracaris and Kathy Hayes.

The Big Payback, a documentary chronicling the historic push for reparations in Evanston and nationally, will be shown at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the DuSable Black History Museum, 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago.


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At Rogers Park tent city, housed and unhoused gather for new tradition: Weekly chili night. Teams of neighbors organized to provide a weekly meal for the dozens living in tents inside Touhy Park.

Finding euphoria: Monthly pop-ups offer free clothing and a safe space. gods closet (which stylizes its name in lowercase) provides gender-affirming clothing to trans and nonbinary people at events throughout Chicago.

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail. The SAFE-T Act, criminal justice legislation that was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign, will likely receive some tweaks before it takes effect Jan. 1.


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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...