Evanston RoundTable
Mayoral candidates Sebastian Nalls, Lori Keenan and Daniel Biss

Good morning, Evanston.

At the recent League of Women Voters – Evanston Public Library Forum, mayoral candidates Sebastian Nalls, Lori Keenan, and Daniel Biss addressed serious issues facing the City, including pandemic recovery, affordable housing and police and city services.

Today, in-person voting begins at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Room G300. With two qualifying forms of ID, residents who are not registered to vote may register on site.

In-person voting will remain open weekdays and Saturdays, 9am-5pm, and Sundays, 10am-4pm, through Feb. 22. The Consolidated Primary Election will take place on Feb. 23. For more information, see the City’s website

Here are some RoundTable resources to help you prepare to vote:

Gerri Sizemore wearing a black face mask with the word VOTE on it, an NAACP baseball cap, and sunglasses
Masked person of the day Gerri Sizemore

The week ahead

With temperatures remaining in the teens and low 20s for at least the next week, it may be too chilly to venture outside, but luckily most activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Monday

  • 5:30 P.M: City Council Meeting
    Preview the packet and agenda here. Community members may watch the City Council meeting online here or on Cable Channel 16.
  • 7:00 P.M: Black Women in in the Culinary Arts 
    Celebrate Evanston’s Black History Month with Chef Q who will share her “cooking and service styles, plus the influences motivating her to culinary and business success.” This program will be broadcasted on the FJT YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
  • 7:00 P.M: District 65 Finance Committee/Working Board Meeting
    Read the District 65 School Board packet here and watch live coverage of tonight’s meeting here.  

Tuesday:

  • 9:30 A.M: Producemobile
    Free fresh fruit and vegetables will be available for Cook County residents in the Levy Center Parking lot. Find out more here.
  • 1:00 P.M: Levy Lecture Series: Meet Emily Dickinson
    Paddy Lynn will perform an historical interpretation of Emily Dickinson, ”one of America’s greatest poets.” Find out more here.
  • 6:30 P.M: Arts Council
    Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: The Ancestral Stories Black Storytellers Tell
    A part of the City of Evanston’s Black History Month events. Dr. Stephanie Davenport will be sharing a West African inspired story. Find out more here.
  • 9:00 P.M: Parents After Bedtime Read Aloud Club: Social Justice! 
    A chance for parents to survey some kid-friendly books about race and equity. Find out more here.

Wednesday:

  • 2:30 P.M: Design and Project Review Committee Meeting
    Find out more here.
  • 6:30 P.M: Environmental Racism and Community Gardens
    Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: 5th Ward Meeting
    Find out more here.

Thursday:

  • 6:30 P.M: Environment Board
    Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: Glorious Sounds, Experiencing The Black Influence in Music
    Part of the City of Evanston’s Black History Month events. Musician Carl Alexander speaks on Black influence in “classical, operatic and political music.”
    Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: 7th Ward Special Meeting
    Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: 2nd Ward Meeting
    Find out more here.

Friday:

  • 7:15 A.M: Utilities Commission
    Find out more here.
  • 7:00 P.M: Colorful Vision, Exploring the Works and Processes of Black Visual Artist
    Part of the City of Evanston’s Black History Month events. Nadine Yadi Royster discusses philosophy in making art.
    Find out more here.

Saturday:

  • 10:00 A.M: Pop-up Food Pantry
    To register for the pantry, call 847-448-8630. Click here to see if you are eligible for this service.

COVID by the numbers

  • Twelve new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday; the seven-day average is nine.
  • There were no reported fatalities yesterday.  Evanston has lost 108 residents to the pandemic.
  • Our City’s positive test rate is 0.7%; in suburban Cook County it is 6.2% and in Illinois it is 3.4%.
  • Illinois has received 2.1 million doses of the vaccine; 63% of doses have been used thus far and about 52,000 doses were administered last week.
  • About 295,000 or 2.3% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.   

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