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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

After nearly eight years delivering police updates to Evanston residents, the popular newsletter “In the Squad Room” folded in August amid concerns from Council members about bias and confidentiality. Local Evanstonian Linda Hansen, who owns Wild Crow Communications Inc., started writing the newsletter in 2013 after being tapped for the job by then-Police Chief Richard Eddington.

EPD Commander Jodie Hart announced November 1 that the department plans to start its own, internally written newsletter called the “Evanston Police Department Newsletter.”


A selection from the 2021 list of 101 Great Books for Kids. (RoundTable photo) Credit: RoundTable photo

In their latest column, the Lighthouse Keeper looks at upcoming holiday events. Evanston Public Library encourages readers to stop by the Main Library November 22-28 to see – and touch – a display of the 2021 list of 101 Great Books for Kids.


Join the RoundTable this evening as we convene an online webinar panel of experts on the local and national news ecosystem to discuss the challenges facing local news. The event will be a fundraiser in support of the RoundTable’s fall NewsMatch campaign. We hope you will decide to support our work.


COVID by the numbers: Nine new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is nine.



Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Ceres by sculptor Carl Heber. (Photo by Gay Riseborough)

Goddesses rule at Northwestern gardens. On Northwestern’s campus, sculptures and statues abound at the two sunken gardens at either end of the iconic Charles Deering Memorial Library, built in 1933.

Rank and File | World Chess Championship Preview: Could Carlsen Lose?  Keith Holzmueller previews the upcoming match between reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.


Around the web

‘Stop the Violence’: Family leads march in remembrance of Ryan Bost. Family and friends gathered on Saturday to plead for justice for Bost, the former ETHS basketball star and 20-year-old who was killed in Rogers Park a year ago.

Thousands of Illinois families could miss out on monthly child tax credit payments. Families eligible for an enhanced child tax credit may have not received it automatically if they didn’t make enough money to file tax returns in previous years.

Chicago’s Vaccination Awareness Day Saw The Most Doses Given In 6 Months, With 20,000 Shots Administered. CPS students had the day off Friday as part of a vaccination campaign, which ended in a huge success.


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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...