Evanston RoundTable
Police Chief Demitrous Cook (Submitted photo)

Good morning, Evanston.

A nearly four decade career came to an abrupt and awkward end yesterday when the City announced that Evanston Police Chief Demitrous Cook had retired from the Evanston Police Department.

The City announcement came three days after the Chief learned from City Manager Erika Storlie that his resignation was being requested, “at the will of the Council,” according to people who had conversations with Chief Cook afterward.

The Chief had declined at first to sign the resignation agreement, which included the terms of his retirement from the Department, the RoundTable reported earlier.

The local NAACP branch had called an emergency meeting on June 6 in response to reports the Police Chief had been asked to resign.

Chief Cook has served as Evanston police chief since January of 2019, and has dedicated more than 30 years of his law enforcement career to serving the residents of Evanston, including through positions with the Evanston Police Department and Northwestern University Police Department. 

Evanston received some great news yesterday – there were zero new COVID-19 cases in Evanston, and the State reported a total of 224 new cases. On May 7, just one month ago, the State reported 3,321 new cases.

The weekly number of new cases per 100,000 in Evanston, Suburban Cook County, Chicago and the State continue to decline, and they are each below IDPH’s benchmark of 50. The low test positivity rate in each region shows that testing is adequate. The data shows that all four regions are controlling the spread of the virus.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

District 65’s Virtual Learning Pathway for 2021-22 Will be Very Limited. School District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton provided an update about the impact of the Resolution adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) a few days after the District announced its return to school plan on May 17. The District planned that nearly all students would return for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, but it provided a virtual learning pathway for a limited number of students. 

Marquise Weatherspoon.

Marquise Weatherspoon Sworn in as New School Board Member. At the June 7 meeting of the District 65 School Board, Marquise Weatherspoon was sworn in as the newest member of the Board. She will fill the vacancy left by Rebeca Mendoza who resigned her position, effective April 28, 2021.

Around the web

  • What are the guidelines for phase 5 in Chicago and Illinois? No capacity limits, some masking, and possible limits from individual businesses or towns. Here’s our guide. When Chicago and Illinois enter phase five Friday it will be the first time in more than a year that there are no limitiations on the size of gatherings and most public activities.
  • Free beer works. A growing number of states, cities and companies are offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated. And the sweeteners keep getting bigger and better. New Jersey, for example, is picking up the tab for a free beer for those who can prove they got a shot. Maryland is offering state employees US$100, while Lancaster, California, is trying to encourage teens to get inoculated by entering their names in a raffle for college scholarships worth up to $10,000. And it might just be working, one expert says.

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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...