Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Broadway came to Chicago Avenue last night as up-and-coming performers from Porchlight Music Theatre sang hits from the 1951 season at Evanston SPACE. Want to catch the show? You’ll have to head into Chicago tonight.

For now, don’t go anywhere. Stay right here for more local news:

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The city council voted Monday to approve substantial pay hikes for Evanston police officers (23% over four years) and sergeants (30% over four years) as well as additional pay for officers on the job for 15 years or more, and sergeants with 25 years or more of service. The city also agreed to recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday.

The Harley Clarke mansion and its surrounding land have returned to the news in 2023. Last night, city council delayed action on awarding a lease of the mansion’s grounds to the Jens Jensen Gardens of Evanston group. Earlier this month, another nonprofit organization, Artists Book House, decided to drop its 40-year lease of the mansion, and RoundTable reporter Bob Seidenberg takes a deep dive into what happened and why the group decided to walk away.

In other Monday city council action, an ordinance to ban cashless businesses raised concerns from small businesses and the council sent it back to the Equity and Empowerment Commission and the Economic Development Committee for review. The council also delayed action on a proposed revision to city cannabis and alcohol ordinances. A change to expand the number of public places where people could possess open containers of alcohol drew police objections.

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District 65 families may experience a 5% increase in fees for child care programs. The district’s Personnel, Buildings & Grounds and Finance Committee passed the hike Monday, though it awaits final school board approval.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 14 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Jan. 22, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 12.29 cases per day.


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MLK “Dream Week” concludes at Northwestern: Channeling the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., NAACP attorney Sherilyn Ifill stressed the crucial role of dreaming in social justice work: “To be a civil rights lawyer or activist is to suspend disbelief.”

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A late December deep freeze hit some District 65 schools harder than others. The hardest hit was Chute Middle School, where its gym floor was destroyed after a pipe burst. A mitigation company assessing damage also found asbestos.

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Letter to the editor: Aaron B. Cohen calls the former Dyche Stadium “a hallmark of the city’s human scale and grace” and warns, “If Northwestern University has its way this Wildcat home could soon be replaced by an ostentatious, for-profit mega-entertainment venue.”

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The ETHS chess team won the conference tournament Saturday for the first time since 2014. The team next heads to the Illinois High School Association State Series, beginning this Saturday.

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Despite a frantic finish, the ETHS boys bowling team fell short Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic sectional tournament. The Wildkits narrowly missed out on qualifying for finals for the second consecutive year.

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Too many thieves are making off with Hyundai vehicles, so the Evanston Police Department, in partnership with Hyundai Motor America, is giving away free steering wheel locks to Evanston residents with a Hyundai made prior to 2021. Pre-registration is required.

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore was awarded $10,000 from the Jacques Pépin Foundation and plans to use the money to fund its Culinary Program, a free, 12-week, paid job training program designed to prepare students for the food service industry.


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Around the web

How much will it snow? Chicago forecast calling for accumulation, ‘hazardous travel conditions.’ The National Weather Service predicts the Evanston area could see 2 to 4 inches of snow beginning early Wednesday morning, with drivers being urged to use caution.

Northwestern study links intergenerational swimming abilities and lack of resources for minority groups. After gathering pilot data, researchers took a “culturally tailored” approach, hope to develop an Evanston swim exposure program.

Chicago Board of Ethics calls for investigation into Lightfoot campaign emails. The Board of Ethics called on city and Chicago Public Schools officials to investigate emails sent by a Lightfoot official soliciting volunteer students for the mayor’s reelection bid from CPS and city colleges earlier this month.


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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...