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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Early this morning, Evanston/Skokie District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 notified families by email and phone alerts that they are canceling in-person school for the day and shifting to an e-learning schedule because of the snow.

The National Weather Service forecasts that Evanston could see a daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches today, down from earlier forecasts, with another 1 to 3 inches possible tonight. Happy Groundhog Day: Legend says if the rodent sees its shadow it means six more weeks of winter, and Punxsutawney Phil, the best-known animal forecaster, reportedly saw his shadow early this morning

Central Street Neighbors Association President Jeff Smith, right, interviews Council member Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, during a Jan. 31 virtual town hall. (Screenshot)

On Monday night, the Central Street Neighbors Association held a virtual town hall on Zoom, where CSNA President Jeff Smith, a former mayoral candidate, spoke with Sixth Ward Council member Tom Suffredin about issues facing the city.

Suffredin and Smith discussed youth violence in Evanston, the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment among seasonal lakefront staff and the search for a new City Manager. According to Suffredin, the independent counsel’s report on the sexual harassment scandal should come out by the end of February and be made public.


The Aux, at 2223 Washington St., plans to bring together Black-owned businesses. (Nia Architects rendering)

At its Jan. 26 meeting, the city’s Economic Development Committee voted in favor of giving $1 million to The AUX and $2 million to Northlight Theatre. The Aux is looking to renovate a building at 2223 Washington St. into a hub for Black businesses; Northlight seeks to establish a new theater center in downtown Evanston.

These are the biggest private requests in front of the City Council, as Council members decide how to allocate $43.1 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds the city expects to receive.


COVID by the numbers: 20 cases were reported Monday, Jan. 31, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 31 cases per day, so the trend is down.


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At this time: 7:06 a.m. Tuesday. Four minutes after sunrise, Gary Rogers heads through Burnham Shores Park near the Lake Michigan shore. “It’s gorgeous,” says Rogers, who has been running three times a week for 25 years. “It’s tranquil and you’re just on your own.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Mayor announces application process for Ninth Ward council seat. Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss unveiled an application process to fill the Ninth Ward City Council seat being vacated by Cicely Fleming, writing that he will appoint a new council member on Feb. 22.

Picturing Evanston. Every day is a beach day! Dempster Beach after the big snow on Saturday. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

From the past Block exhibit Caravans of Gold, showing fragments of opalescent clear green glass, on loan from Morocco.

A look beyond the frames. Kristina Bottomley, a Block Museum staff member, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the university’s renowned art institution.

A colorful pile of broken plastic sleds at the base of the hill between the middle and northern slopes of Mount Trashmore at James Park. (RoundTable Photo)

The Lighthouse Keeper sees … With the snowy season of this winter in full gear and another storm set to bring at least several more inches to Evanston this week, the Lighthouse Keeper took a look at sledding and ice skating around the community.

Nancy E. Anderson: Why Instagram makes me think about moving. Our columnist reflects on her guilty pleasure of perusing an Instagram account called “Cheap Old Houses,” which showcases interesting old homes for sale.

ETHS girls basketball: Wildkits state their case for top four sectional seed. The Wildkits added to their season resume by crushing Maine West 66-33 on Monday, celebrating Senior Night at Beardsley Gymnasium in style.

New art exhibit explores silence as a tool of violence. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center second-floor exhibit presents “Visible/Invisible,” which highlights ways in which silence is used as a tool of violence.


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Around the web

Meet Northwestern’s next president. The student website North by Northwestern dives into the complicated legacy of University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who is slated to become the next president of Northwestern University this summer.

Illinois residents could get $1 billion in tax relief under Gov. Pritzker’s election-year budget. The plan Pritzker is expected to roll out Wednesday will include sales and gas tax cuts, which the governor’s administration credits to better-than-projected revenues.

Here’s the story behind Black History Month – and why it’s celebrated in February. In 1926 the “father of Black history,” Carter G. Woodson, began his fight to promote education on Black history and culture during a designated time period.


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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...