Credit: Richard Cahan

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The votes are in. The election is over. (Those TV ads will end!) On the national level, control of Congress is still too close to call, but the results in Illinois are clear as Democrats scored wins up and down the ballot.

At the local level, Evanston voters overwhelmingly supported ranked choice voting, making ours the first Illinois city to adopt the practice. Our neighbors in Skokie also supported changes to their local election system. The Cook County Forest Preserves tax hike passed. Check the numbers on key Illinois and Evanston election results with our spreadsheet of election results.

The RoundTable’s Richard Cahan talked with 10 Evanston voters on Tuesday to ask why they voted and whether they feared for democracy. Read their thoughtful answers.

And speaking of democracy: Please join the RoundTable at 7 p.m. tomorrow for an online conversation with journalist Margaret Sullivan. RoundTable Editor Susy Schultz will interview Sullivan about threats to journalism and democracy as part of the RoundTable’s fall membership drive.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Nov. 7, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 14.6 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Long-awaited news for Evanston film fans: the AMC Evanston 12 movie theater, formerly Cinemark-run Century Theatres, is reopening today, in the Church Street Plaza development. Some construction work is continuing.

Less than two weeks remain until the city’s self-imposed Nov. 21 adoption date for its $400 million budget. Questions remain about pension contributions and possibly adding a third ambulance for emergency services.

Join Northwestern’s Ukrainian students and allies in support of Ukraine at noon this coming Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts for performances featuring songs composed by Ukrainian artists.

Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive. Through Friday, Dec. 9, the city is collecting new, unwrapped toys as well as new and gently used children’s books and staple food items for holiday meals.

We’ll close this newsletter with an At This Time image from photographer Richard Cahan: Blair Rudd is joined by her son Dylan Cruz, left, and neighbor Immanuel Rios at the Robert Crown Community Center after Rudd voted in the general election. And don’t forget to read what Rudd and others told Cahan about why they voted.

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Around the web

Nearly 3,700 Migrants Have Been Bused To Chicago From Texas. 425 Are School-Aged Children. Teachers, activists and public officials are sounding the alarm about an impending “humanitarian crisis.”

Ex-Cons Came Together To Patrol CTA Trains As Crime On Public Transit Spiked. They Need City Funding To Keep Going. When neighbors and commuters asked for help keeping trains and buses safe amid an uptick in violence and crime on public transit in Chicago, the formerly incarcerated showed up to help.

‘Important step in the process’: Arlington Heights board OKs predevelopment deal with Bears. The village board in the northwest suburb approved a “predevelopment agreement” with Chicago’s NFL team, paving the way for public funding and rezoning for a possible stadium project.

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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...