Evanston RoundTable
From left: Dino Robinson, Sebastian Nalls, Cicely Fleming and Robin Rue Simmons

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

One year has passed since the Evanston City Council voted to authorize the restorative housing program, the first of the local reparations initiative, and it’s been more than two months since the first 16 recipients were selected to receive $25,000 housing grants.

“Because we are the first, we are celebrated for our bold step and that commitment,” Robin Rue Simmons told the RoundTable. “But we’re also looked at to solve the race gap in wealth, education and other disparities.”

The RoundTable sat down with four people who have made notable contributions to discussions on the issue: Robin Rue Simmons, Dino Robinson, Cicely Fleming and Sebastian Nalls. 

Lyon with his girlfriend Yarova and her son (Photo provided by Andrew Lyon)

Over the last 15 years, Morton Grove native and Niles North graduate Andrew Lyon has traveled the world, leading symphony orchestras at famed concert halls and classical music festivals. 

During the summers, Lyon would spend several weeks in Ukraine, and in December, he moved to Kyiv full time to live with his girlfriend, Oleksandra “Sasha” Yarova.

When Putin ordered Russian forces to cross the border into Ukraine, Lyon, Yarova and her son Mikha were lucky enough to flee to Germany. Their flight left less than 24 hours before all commercial air travel in Ukraine ground to a halt.

At This Time. Emmanuel Hyman (left) and his brother Aaron celebrate the warmest day of the year by listening to music in the open air. They like rap, drill music, hip hop and R&B. Emmanuel, 14, is on spring break from Evanston High School; Aaron, 19, had a day off work. He’s proud of his little brother, who has uploaded 11 tracks to SoundCloud as Man Man. (Photo by Richard Cahan)


COVID by the numbers: 15 new cases were reported Sunday, March 20, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 12 cases per day.


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(Photo by Sam Stroozas)

The week in photos: March 14-21. Last week, reporter Sam Stroozas sampled a delicious chocolate bread pudding at Comfort Desserts Reimagined.

(Photo credit: I’m Sorry It’s Come To This by Alex Yunda-Riajer)

Perspective Gallery’s Student Perspectives 2022 Exhibition. Perspective Gallery is presenting “Student Perspectives 2022,” its 10th annual juried exhibition of photography by Chicago area high school students. This year, 180 students from 15 area high schools submitted more than 450 images.

Learn about the City of Evanston’s Environment Board. Learn more about the Board at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, on Zoom. Evanston’s 11-member Environment Board is charged with supporting environmental goals of reducing and developing recommendations for the city.


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Around the web

Some classes at North Side school return to mask mandate after increase in Covid cases. The mask mandate returned to several classrooms at Coonley Elementary School on Chicago’s north side Monday due to an increase in COVID cases.

Chicago dance ensemble gives Ukrainian children a distraction from war. What may look like a typical day of remote learning is anything but for children in Ukraine.

Opinion | Taking away tracking tests make math classes in D65, at ETHS more equitable. Every sixth grader entering District 65 schools takes a “tracking” test, to decide whether their mathematical abilities show that they would be able to thrive in an advanced course. 


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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...