Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

A peace delegation from Nagasaki, Japan, visited the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern on Wednesday bearing a replica of a cross from the ruins of Nagasaki’s cathedral and a message: Nuclear war is “unthinkable,” said the Rev. Joseph Mitsuaki Takami (right), archbishop emeritus of the city. “The leaders of the countries don’t know how horrible the atomic bomb is.” He was in utero during the 1945 blast, and Fusako Hirano, (center) and husband Katsuichi Hirano were children. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Credit: Northwestern University

On Wednesday, Northwestern University disclosed more information about its elaborate plans for a new Ryan Field. The university says the new stadium will be more intimate (i.e. smaller), with a capacity for 35,000 people, or 12,000 fewer than the current stadium. The university also anticipates the new facility will host “a limited number of concerts each year” to “ensure the financial viability of the new stadium.”

Local nonprofit Connections for the Homeless’ application for a permit to continue operating a homeless shelter at the Margarita Inn has been on hold for months, waiting for the property owner to sign off. But on Wednesday afternoon Connections formally filed the application, including the property owner’s signature. Now, city staff will review the materials submitted and the application will head to multiple city committees for discussion. The City Council gets the final say.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 40.7 cases per day, mostly driven by a backlog of cases reported by a lab last week.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

District 65 still having payroll issues. When the first paychecks of the year went out to District 65 teachers earlier this month, some didn’t receive their stipends for working over the summer or taking on an extra class, while others didn’t receive their retirement pay. Those issues come on the heels of a tax withholding snafu that affected 33 first-year educators last year.

Deemar case set for additional briefing on District 65’s right to set curriculum. Stacy Deemar, a white District 65 drama teacher, sued the school district in federal court last year over anti-racist policies that allegedly are “treating individuals differently because of their race.” On Tuesday, the judge entered an order requesting more information from both sides about issues in the case.

Evanston public nudity rules stricter, less inclusive than many nearby communities. The city defines nudity as “showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic areas or buttocks or female breast with less than a fully opaque covering … below the top of the nipple.” Eighth Ward Council Member Devon Reid argues that the ordinance is unconstitutional and excludes nonbinary, transgender, intersex or gender-fluid people.

Books: Detective Blue & the Crew takes kids on a K-9 ride-along. More than 100 people joined local author and ETHS graduate Curtis Wideman on Sept. 25 at Levy Senior Center for a celebration of his new children’s book, Detective Blue & the Crew. Wideman’s brother, Kyle, is an Evanston Police Department detective and the inspiration for one of the main characters.

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Les Jacobson: Beautiful days. “While the rest of the country has been suffering through drought, fires, heat waves, hurricanes and dangerous air quality, the weather in the Midwest has been – is sublime too strong a word?” our columnist writes.

Solid Waste Fund gets $1 million injection from general fund. The city uses the Solid Waste Fund to keep track of revenues and expenditures involving the collection of solid waste from households, which then gets deposited at the landfill. For several years now, that fund has maintained a negative balance, so the City Council stepped in by approving a cash injection from the city’s reserve funds.

Spirit of Evanston, Future of Evanston award nominations due Oct. 3. The deadline is Monday to nominate people for the annual Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award, given to “an Evanstonian that exemplifies the extraordinary spirit of our city,” and the Future of Evanston Award, for youths 18 or younger who have “taken the initiative to help their community in some amazing way,.”

MIC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with quartet performance Oct. 15. The Music Institute of Chicago kicks off the Nichols Concert Hall 2022–23 season with the world-renowned Cuarteto Latinoamericano Saturday, Oct. 15.

Picturing Evanston. Have you ever strolled down Howard Street? Did you know there is a cabaret theater named Theo Ubique at 721 Howard St.? The theater’s newest show, Refuge, will run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 13. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Cook County forest preserves pitch a property tax hike to voters. Evanston residents who vote in the November election will see a referendum on their ballots about a property tax hike to fund Cook County’s 70,000 acres of nature preserves. If passed, residents will pay about $1.50 more in property taxes per month.

Old Orchard mall to add new slate of stores and restaurants. The Skokie shopping center announced six upcoming additions Wednesday, including the return of Barnes & Noble and the first North Shore outpost of Molly’s Cupcakes.

McCormick Foundation donates $2.4 million to Medill local news program. Northwestern’s Local News Initiative won the grant as part of a wave of funding for news organizations from the McCormick Foundation. The money will help Medill expand its own support and funding for local news outlets like the RoundTable.

Live updates: Tropical Storm Ian pummels Florida. The former hurricane has weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida on Wednesday. President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Florida.


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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...