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Pastor Taurus Scurlock of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church stands in front of firearms turned in at the 127-year-old church.

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

In November 2012, lifelong Evanston resident and 5th Ward City Council candidate Carolyn Murray was planning the city’s first gun buyback program in recent history when her 19-year-old son, Justin, was fatally shot outside of his grandmother’s Evanston home. The tragedy strengthened Murray’s resolve to move forward with the community effort to get guns off the street, and the gun buyback was held less than three weeks after her son’s death.

Last weekend, the Evanston Police Department partnered with Murray, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Evanston Community Foundation to host the city’s ninth annual gun buyback event. The amnesty-based program has taken in more than 300 firearms.

This year, 53 guns and an assortment of ammunition were turned in. Residents received $100 for each gun and $50 for ammunition.


On the night of Nov. 29, a vandal broke into Puerta Abierta Preschool, 933 Chicago Ave., shattering windows and scattering papers and equipment through the hallways.  

Puerta Abierta, founded in 1997, is a Spanish-immersion preschool with about 50 students aged 2 through 4. Teachers arrived at the school the morning of Nov. 30 and saw glass shards covering the inside of the school, with the windows in all three classrooms’ doors smashed out.

Rita Kendrick, a board member and the parent of a student at Puerta Abierta, set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Puerta Abierta.


AT THIS TIME 7:02 a.m., Monday, Dec. 6: Michelle Milne relaxes after a swim at the Lee Street Beach. (Photo by Richard Cahan) Credit: Richard Cahan

The Evanston RoundTable is introducing a new feature—At This Time. Our idea is to explore Evanston in one photograph a day: portraits, landscapes, images that are unique, moments that are universal.

Evanston journalist Richard Cahan will take the pictures. He worked for sixteen years as the picture editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, ran a Chicago documentary project called CITY 2000 and is currently co-publisher of CityFiles Press (cityfilespress.com), a company that specializes in creating books based on photo archives. A RoundTable fan, Cahan wants to explore how a community publication can use photographs to reflect daily life. His assignment: roam the city and create a single image that shows Evanston that day.


COVID by the numbers: 41 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 23.


In the United States, 25% of newspapers have ceased operation, and 2,000 community newspapers have closed in the past 15 years. The vacuum created when local journalism declines poses a serious threat to democracy. Our democracy relies on a free press to educate the public.

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

(Photo credit: Paul Zalmezak)

This week in photos. Christmas lights! They’re everywhere! Check out these photos take across the city.

The Art of Making Art: Bryana Bibbs. Bryana Bibbs is a weaver and creates her pieces using a very wide variety of materials. In her youth and as a young adult, Bibbs learned to tell her stories through writing in journals.

Nancy E. Anderson: I didn’t want a set of Christmas dishes, or so I thought. In the summer of 2017, my mother sold her house in downstate Bloomington. My father had died two years earlier, and she was moving to a smaller place nearby.

Letter to the editor: Stop releasing balloons in memory of someone loved.

Michael Nabors: Why I support District 65 and Dr. Devon Horton.


Around the web

Emmett Till investigation closed by Justice Department. The U.S. Justice Department told relatives of Emmett Till on Monday that it is ending its latest investigation into the 1955 lynching of the Black teenager from Chicago 

The ‘Home Alone’ House Becomes Available on Airbnb Tuesday. Here’s How to Book it. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the original “Home Alone” movie house will become available for you to book on Airbnb for one night only.

With the holidays almost upon us, is it safe to travel with Omicron? Even with all the unknowns, the answers to staying safe are pretty much the same as with other variants, according to experts.


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...