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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

There was a lot happening in Evanston yesterday, not the least of which was our new Police Chief Shenita Stewart being sworn in last night; she is the first Black woman to serve as permanent chief of the department. Above, friends, family and Evanstonians look on as she is congratulated by Mayor Daniel Biss after taking her oath Monday in the packed City Council Chambers. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

And now, please keep reading for more City Council coverage as well as news and features from around Evanston:

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has 280 fewer students in grades K-8 (excluding Rice and Park schools) than last year, according to data presented to the district’s Policy Committee on Oct. 10. In the last four years, enrollment has declined from 7,422 students in the 2018-19 school year to 6,113 students in 2022-23, a drop of 1,309 students.

City Council members at their Oct. 10 meeting approved amendments to the Harley Clarke mansion lease between the City of Evanston and the nonprofit organization Artists Book House. The revised lease eases several fundraising and construction milestones for the group.


Coming up today on the RoundTable

There are three stories from last night’s City Council meeting in our newsletter this morning. There will be at least three more on our website by noon. Please check in with the RoundTable all day to keep up with what’s happening in Evanston.

Tonight, the League of Women Voters of Evanston will be hosting a discussion about ranked-choice voting, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Mayor Daniel Biss and Alisa Kaplan, the Executive Director of Reform for Illinois, will be leading the discussion via Zoom. If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry. The RoundTable has you covered. We’ll publish a recap of the meeting. For any other questions on voting, check out the Evanston’s ballot guide for the 2022 general election.


COVID-19 by the numbers: Five new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths were reported Oct. 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 16.6 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

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Council authorizes refugee resettlement fund. Last night, the City Council authorized starting a $50,000 refugee resettlement fund to provide an array of services to migrants in Evanston. Read more about the issues and the fund on our website.

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Theater review: ‘Tiger Style!’ offers a humorous look at fitting in. Tiger Style! the play now at Writers Theatre follows two Chinese American siblings who were raised to be perfect. But maintaining perfection isn’t easy, or frankly, worth it. Playwright Mike Lew addresses an important topic dealing with racial stereotypes and cultural identities and delivers a message with unabashed humor.

Week in photos: Oct. 4-10. From the oranges of fall to the purple of Northwestern’s homecoming, take a look at the past week of colorful images sent in from around Evanston. And if you snap any shareable pictures this week, send them to news@evanstonroundtable.com with “Week in photos” in the subject line, and we’ll include them in next week’s roundup.

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Evanston Essays: Amy Savin Parker. “There was a street light at the corner of Simpson Street and Forestview Road, just across from the house where I grew up in the 1960s. I spent a lot of time standing on my bed peering out at that street light when I was little.”

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ETHS boys golf: Bellios survives cut, places 54th at state tourney The Evanston Township High School senior standout, Ryder Bellios settled for a tie for 54th place finish overall at the Class 3A tournament held at The Den in Bloomington on Saturday.

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Mudlark Theater’s fall lineup includes an exploration into transgender identity in ‘The Marvelous Land of Oz.’ Did you know that queer and transgender narratives have been appearing in youth literature since well before they were addressed openly in society? This fall, Mudlark Theater, an Evanston-based youth theater company, will be presenting “The Marvelous Land of Oz.


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Around the web

Haiti activists rally at White House seeking end of U.S. support for Henry. Haiti is facing a humanitarian crisis due to gangs blocking the distribution of fuel. Protesters headed to the White House to demand the U.S. stop supporting the government of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Many believe Henry has close ties to the gangs troubling Haiti.

Nobel Prize winners 2022: University of Chicago professor shares win for research on banks. Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, Douglas W. Diamond of the University of Chicago and Philip H. Dybvig were awarded a Nobel Prize for research on the Great Depression and the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

Q&A: Former African American Studies Professor Debra Thompson talks new memoir. Thompson was inspired to write her memoir, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging, after returning to Canada to teach at Montreal’s McGill University. Thompson’s memoir interweaves her personal experiences with scholarship on historical Black migration.


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Gina Castro

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