The Gordon Food Service store on Oakton Street is set to close this week. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg)

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

The Salvation Army is seeking to open a resale shop at the site of the Gordon Food Service store at 2424 Oakton St. and says it is committed to addressing concerns about donation dumping, which City Council Member Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said caused “significant problems” at its previous Evanston shop on Kedzie Street.

Representatives for the Salvation Army acknowledged the issue at the April 11 meeting of the Planning & Development Committee. The group needs a special use permit to open a resale establishment at the Oakton Street property.

The Gordon Food Service building has been sold and the store’s last day is Saturday. A lot of customers “are bummed,” a store employee said Thursday. Gordon has stores at Golf Mill Center in Niles and at Chicago’s Brickyard shopping center.

New COVID-19 cases in Evanston, suburban Cook County, Chicago and the state increased again in the past week. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19, however, remain at relatively low levels.

Cases are rising in the northeastern United States due to the BA.2 omicron subvariant. The number of new cases there has doubled in the last week, but the recent figure is still about 5% of the mid-January number of new cases. It is unknown if the latest increase is the start of a larger surge or just a blip.

Week in Photos: Please send pictures of Passover or Easter celebrations and other recent events to the RoundTable at, and on Tuesday we’ll share your images in our weekly Evanston photo gallery.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

At This Time: Thursday at 8:24 a.m. Ready for the weekend holidays. Evanston-based Meals on Wheels is preparing food for Passover (lamb roast with caramelized onions) and Easter (honey-glazed spiral ham). The organization makes and delivers more than 200 fresh meals six days a week all year to elders at home. “These holiday meals are special,” said Sam Landman, Food Service Director. “These are foods that I’ve made for my family.” At the 1723 Simpson St. kitchen are (from left) line cook Gaspar Santos, utility man Woody Sanders, volunteer Kate Julian, Landman, and volunteers Janet Butterfield, Kathryn Bauer, Dee Kang and Josue Idani. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Skokie mayor responds to efforts to reform village’s electoral system. A nonpartisan group called the Skokie Alliance for Electoral Reform is pushing to change Skokie’s electoral system in a way that will make it more like Evanston’s. Responding to the group’s proposals, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen shared his perspective with the RoundTable.

Metallic foil confetti in Lovelace Park. (Photo by Sigrid Pilgrim)

Letter to the editor: Shun the shiny foil confetti, for parks’ sake. Friends of Lovelace Park is urging everyone who uses our parks for art projects, parties and more to please not bring shiny metallic foil confetti but use paper confetti instead. 

Picturing Evanston. The buildings in Evanston are alive. Just look at the face that Nichols Middle School, at Greenleaf Street and Elmwood Avenue, made the other day as the sun was setting. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Marcia Walker-McWilliams will share insights from her book.

The Willard House will host virtual discussion on the life of the Rev. Addie Wyatt. Join author Marcia Walker-McWilliams on Sunday, April 24, for a look at the life and activism of the African American clergywoman, who stood at the confluence of many rivers of change in 20th century Chicago and the United States.

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Federal COVID-19 funds are helping low-income Illinois schools catch up, but for how long? Illinois school districts have received nearly $8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, but the use of that money has revealed the extent of chronic underfunding in some districts and the desperate need for improvements to buildings and student services.

Illinois still in ‘pretty good place’ as COVID cases tick up, Gov. Pritzker says. Despite a recent surge in cases, Pritzker and state health officials said this week that severe illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths remain low.

Evanston restaurants and food vendors focus on local, sustainable sourcing. We’re in the middle of Earth Month, and The Daily Northwestern highlights a few of the growing number of Evanston restaurants dedicated to sustainable practices and a wider variety of vegan and vegetarian options.

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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...