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Mayor Stephen Hagerty is listed as one of the top contributors to an Evanston political group that has sparked controversy in its mailings promoting candidates in Evanston municipal election.

The group, Evanston Together LLC, forwarded its D-2 disclosure report to the RoundTable after 11 p.m. on April 1, meeting a pledge to release the donors list just at the start of the quarterly reporting system. The accompanying note said the D-2 had not yet been filed.

Mayor Hagerty, naming Hagerty Consulting as his employer on the form, is listed as giving $5,000 to the group. Independent of the group, Mr. Hagerty made contributions totaling $5,000 to three aldermanic candidates in January and February.

The D-2 disclosure also lists a number of other contributors to Evanston Together.

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COVID-19 By the Numbers: We are checking in with many sources to keep you updated on COVID-19 cases and vaccine information.

  • Twenty-four new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston, and the seven-day average is now sixteen. The City reports that the increase over the last three days have been due to cases in congregate care settings, including Northwestern residences, and community spread.  
  • Northwestern University reported 75 new cases for the seven days ending March 31. Cases among students, staff, and faculty living in Evanston are included in City figures.
  • There were no reported fatalities yesterday. Evanston has lost 114 residents to the pandemic.
  • Our City’s positive test rate for the past seven days is 2.9%; in suburban Cook County it is 5.0%, and in Illinois it is 3.6%. 
  • The number of cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days is 154 in Evanston, 123 in suburban Cook County, and 143 in Illinois.
  • Illinois received just over 1 million doses and used 764,000 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days. Illinois has used 78% of the 7.3 million doses received to date.
  • About 2.2 million or 17.3% of total Illinois residents are fully vaccinated, including 282,600 in the past seven days.

Variants – The Illinois Department of Public Health now reports 351 cases of more infectious COVID-19 variants including 33 cases of variant P.1, first identified in Brazil, and 39 cases of B.1.427/429, identified in California.

Evanston Vax Facts: Some 44% of Evanston residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 22% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The proportion of Evanston seniors vaccinated is higher; 91% of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose and 60% are fully vaccinated. Evanston received about 500 doses of the vaccine this week. The City is now vaccinating Phase 1B and 1B+ individuals. More details are available on the City’s Vaccine Dashboard. Check the RoundTable’s resource page for vaccination and testing updates.

Dear Gabby: Can I confide a secret? Everyone talks about how they can’t wait until the pandemic ends and things are back to “normal” again. But while I hate some things about the pandemic (no travel, fear of infection, death rates), I’m secretly not hating this all that much. I don’t have to go to boring family parties. I love not commuting to work. I have a built-in excuse to stay home and watch “The Crown.” I don’t even miss theater subscriptions. Am I allowed to admit this?

Elsewhere On the RoundTable Website

Before the Pandemic, Indira Abraham performed her poetry at many live venues. (Submitted photo)

ETHS Seniors Followed Their Muses During the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was in her fifth-grade classroom at Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago that ETHS senior Indira Abraham was bitten by the poetry bug. Even during this year of COVID-19, poetry has been one of several important threads running through Indira’s life and sustaining her; others are music and the people who’ve encouraged her and her passions.

Proposed D65 Social Studies Curriculum to Include Lessons in Oppression and Resilience. Starting in 2023 and perhaps earlier, students in District 65 schools will learn from what administrators say will be a fuller and more honest social studies curriculum. The new curriculum will be aligned to the “Triple C” framework – college, career, and civil life – of the Illinois Learning Standards.

Guest Essay: Leading the way in Vaccinations. By Mayor Stephen Hagerty. In just a few short weeks, on April 12, all Evanston and Illinois residents 16 years and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As we approach that date, the latest data shows that there are both reasons for optimism and concern. Let’s start with the good news. More than 90% of Evanston seniors have received their first vaccine dose.

ETHS Emily Ho Saves Best for Last at State Badminton Finals. Coronavirus pandemic or not, high school athletes competing in every sport in Illinois still have one goal in mind for their seasons, and that’s to be peaking at the right time. Emily Ho definitely saved her best for last.

The RoundTable is adding journalists to our stable of writers. As we expand our coverage, we’re looking for reporters interested in covering topics related to Evanston school, arts, business, and City news. Interested? Please email us at news@evanstonroundtable.com with a resume and writing clips.


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