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The new Trulee high-rise at Ridge Avenue near Emerson Street is in the Five Fifths TIF district. (RoundTable photo)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Evanston City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the two school public school districts, assuring them a slice of the revenues from the one major development in the newly established Five Fifths Tax Increment Financing District.

The tax increment from the Trulee property, 1815 Ridge Ave., and the promise of further discussion if the Civic Center site is redeveloped privately, were the main points of the IGA. Under the agreement, the districts get 80% of the property tax revenues on the Trulee property they would have otherwise received, and District 65 may tap the funds to help pay for the just-approved Fifth Ward school.

Although there has been no formal discussion about selling the Morton Civic Center property, there is a strong undercurrent about a potential sale, likely to a private developer.


William “Bill” Logan Jr. and family. (Photo by Heidi Randhava) Credit: Heidi Randhava

Family and friends broke into applause after Evanston City Council members officially approved a resolution March 28 that designated a portion of McDaniel Avenue between Nathaniel and Greenleaf streets in honor of William “Bill” Logan, Jr., the city’s first Black Police Chief, for his service to the community.

Council members voted 7-0 in favor of the resolution, designating the portion of McDaniel as William “Bill” Logan Jr. Way.

“I am elated, humbled, and my heart is filled with joy to be recognized like this by my community,” Logan said.


COVID-19 by the numbers: Six cases were reported on Monday, March 28, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is eight cases per day.


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Evanston Police Department vehicles. (RoundTable file photo) Credit: RoundTable file photo

Staffing proposal would cut the service time officers from other departments need before joining shorthanded Evanston Police Department. With the department at its lowest headcount in recent history, city officials are considering cutting the time officers must log with a police department in another municipality before becoming eligible to be hired by Evanston.

Susan Holtzclaw receives her second dose of Pfizer vaccine in 2021. (RoundTable photo)

Health officials prepare for possible uptick in COVID-19 cases from ‘stealth’ omicron subvariant. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the COVID-19 omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant form of the virus in the country.

At This Time: Tuesday at 6:36 p.m. Many nights after closing, Patisserie Coralie employees wrap any unsold baguettes and leave them outside the restaurant. “There are hungry people who want the bread, and we don’t need the bread anymore,” says manager Noah Van den Bosch. The practice started after the pandemic, but the restaurant at 600 Davis St. sometimes sells out all of its bread. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Evanston’s own Seabiscuit. (RoundTable photo)

The Lighthouse Keeper sees … a mysterious horse out standing in its field, possible changes to the city’s tree preservation ordinance and the exorbitant gas prices around Evanston, fueled by a global squeeze on oil amid the war in Ukraine.

ETHS baseball: Wildkits stay unbeaten with 8-7 win over Notre Dame. The Wildkits didn’t exactly tear the cover off the ball in frigid conditions at Northwestern University on Monday, but rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 7-2 to pull off an 8-7 victory over Notre Dame.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center will host Open Mic Night on April 1. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is hosting “Word Salad,” a spoken word open mic night, this Friday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your poems, words, pieces of memoirs and novels to share.

Kick off Earth Month at The WasteShed this Friday. Join Citizens’ Greener Evanston for a free community celebration to kick off a month of programming for the planet at The WasteShed, Evanston’s new nonprofit creative reuse center at 1245 Hartrey Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 1.


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History in the making: Nicole Lee is Chicago’s first Chinese American alderperson. Mayor Lori Lightfoot picked Lee to become the first Chinese American and the second Asian American to serve on the Chicago City Council. She succeeds former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson, who resigned after being convicted of income tax fraud earlier this year.


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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...