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Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Heading into the first weekend in December after a busy week. New Police Chief Schenita Stewart was welcomed at a reception sponsored by 17 African American organizations Thursday night at the Faith Temple Church.

The same night, Eighth Ward residents were raising questions about a lack of communications from the police. One person was hit by a bullet in the hip while sitting in a car at 9 p.m. Nov. 17. Yet no notices were sent, no posts made and no news release issued. Upset residents at the virtual ward meeting overshadowed some good news: The city’s community policing program has restarted. Now, on to more stories.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who is spearheading reparations efforts at the federal level, is headlining a reparations town hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight at ETHS. The town hall is part of a national reparations symposium that is bringing pioneers in the movement from across the U.S. to Evanston, Dec. 1-3.

Forced out of its iconic alley location by rent hikes, Bookends & Beginnings is moving to Orrington Avenue, and the store is seeking $475,606 from the city to cover the costs of relocation and build-out at the new location. But members of the city’s Economic Development Committee had some concerns about the request.


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Weekend holiday events

The annual St. Nick’s Fest, selling Christmas trees, crafts, baked goods and more, is Saturday and Sunday at the St. Nicholas Church campus of St. John XXIII Parish.

The Downtown Evanston tree lighting will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fountain Square. A certain visitor from the North Pole is expected.

The Bienen Ensembles present A Festival of Lessons and Carols at 10:40 a.m. Sunday at Northwestern’s Allice Millar Chapel.

The Evanston History Center’s Holiday Open House is 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Evanston’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program is underway, giving 150 people $500 a month, and Mayor Daniel Biss wrote a letter to mark the first day: “The guaranteed income movement says that if the problem is that someone doesn’t have enough money, the simplest solution is, believe it or not, to give them some money.”

COVID-19 by the numbers: Cases and hospitalizations are up slightly in Evanston. The county and the city are both now at a medium risk level. Experts say COVID is severely underreported.

Bon appétit: Some of Evanston’s best chefs shared the recipes for their favorite holiday comfort foods with the RoundTable. We can’t keep a secret: Here’s how to make Smylie Brothers mac and cheese, Union Pizzeria Brussels sprouts and more.

Minding Our Own Businesses columnist Isabelle Reiniger took a short walk on Central Street, visiting Paper Source, Then Again and Blended. One store has remodeled, another just opened and the third is serving up smoothies and positive attitudes.

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The Wildkit boys swim squad opens the season tonight with a dual meet at Loyola Academy High School. The season looks promising. “I think we can challenge for a sectional championship again this year and get a lot of state qualifiers, too,” says coach Kevin Auger.

An unexpected move by a world champion: “Although Magnus Carlsen is not defending his World Chess Champion title next year, he has by no means retired from competitive chess,” writes Rank and File columnist Keith Holzmueller.

‘Duke It Out!’: Come see the jazz and classical crossover version of the Nutcracker at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Nichols Concert Hall.

Picturing Evanston. The fire engine red marquee of Jilly’s Café on Green Bay Road set against a purplish sunset sky. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


The perfect holiday gift for any Evanstonian: Encountering Evanston History, a book benefiting the Evanston RoundTable Media not-for-profit that features 75 stories from 18 authors, comes out this month. Find out more at the book’s official website.


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Around the web

Illinois Dems target assault weapons, age of gun owners in response to Highland Park mass shooting: ‘It really can’t wait.’ Democrats hope to ban the sale of assault weapons and bar anyone under 21 from purchasing a gun.

New property tax increases hit Hispanic wards hardest in Chicago. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas published a study that found gentrification means Latino neighborhoods will bear the brunt of property tax increases in Chicago.

How Do We Combat ‘Fake News’? A Chicago Professor Is Challenging The Way We See Propaganda. Roosevelt University Professor Peter Fallon argues that the digital age has fundamentally changed how propaganda works.


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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...