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Evanston RoundTable

Good Monday morning and happy Presidents Day, Evanston.

About 125 Evanston residents packed the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Sunday to talk about Northwestern University’s plan to build a new Ryan Field. The RoundTable’s Richard Cahan reports that four speakers from different organizations urged Evanston officials to seek major concessions from Northwestern. Look for more coverage of the meeting later today on our website.

A special election for the Second Ward council seat is coming up April 4, and all three candidates – incumbent Krissie Harris (above, from left) and challengers Patricia Gregory and Darlene Cannon – participated in a Saturday forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston. All three candidates listed safety as a key concern, but differed on other priorities.

The five hopefuls vying for three spots on the District 65 school board fielded questions on Black history, equity in education and school safety at a Thursday, Feb. 16 virtual candidate forum. “They have a vision for our youth, and we have to know what that is before they take those seats,” said moderator Meleika Gardner, founder of Evanston Live TV.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Thursday, Feb. 16, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 9.9 cases per day.

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A little more than two years ago, former Wildkit basketball star Ryan Bost, the son and grandson of past ETHS athletes, was killed in Chicago. But Eli Cohen of the high school’s sports information office writes that the Bost family legacy endures.

Rebecca M. Blank, 1955-2023: Blank, who served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison until May 2022 and was president-elect at Northwestern University until stepping down in July after a cancer diagnosis, died Friday, Feb. 17.

Dear Gabby: This week our intrepid advice columnist tackles questions about phone call etiquette, clearing out old musical clutter and the ethics of a somewhat violent strategy to encourage eye contact from passersby.

Maurice J. ‘Jerry’ Frank Jr., 1943-2023: Frank, a mathematics professor emeritus at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and a massive fan of the Lyric Opera, died in Evanston on Feb. 13.

Honors on tap: Local Water Production Bureau Chief Darrell King recently received the Water Professional of the Year award from the the Illinois Sector American Water Works Association.

The ETHS girls basketball team ended its season Thursday with a hard-fought 43-30 loss to Loyola Academy in the Class 4A regional championship game. The Kits just ran out of gas in the game, coach Brittanny Johnson said.

In its final home game of the regular season, the ETHS boys basketball team fell to Lake Forest 51-39. The Wildkits will now gear up for the Class 4A regional tournament on Wednesday at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

Picturing Evanston: For now, the clock tower on the Northwestern campus is no longer the tallest structure near the corner of Clark Street and Orrington Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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University implements new security measures after theft, unsolicited visitor incidents. Northwestern is locking all but main entrances for several South Campus buildings, installing security cameras and adding a roving guard.

Family Focus meeting addresses upcoming renovations, program improvements. Leaders for the local nonprofit offered updates on the latest plans for a large-scale renovation using federal pandemic-relief funds, with construction set to begin in 12 to 18 months and a June 2026 target date for completion.

5 license-plate readers coming to Highland Park. Devices check passing vehicles’ plates against law-enforcement databases. Glencoe, Kenilworth, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka are among 13 area suburbs using or installing the system.

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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...