Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

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Now, on to today’s news.

The seven remaining candidates for the vacant Second Ward City Council seat gathered at the Civic Center Tuesday for a lively conversation about issues facing the ward, particularly public safety. The area has experienced several shootings recently, including one on Fowler Avenue where a 13-year-old girl was wounded at a backyard party. Mayor Daniel Biss is expected to make his selection by Friday.

Also, be sure to tune in at 6 p.m. tonight on Zoom for a public forum featuring the three candidates for Evanston police chief moderated by Evanston Community Foundation CEO and President Sol Anderson. You can read more about the candidates in the RoundTable’s article on the finalists here.

Tonight, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, a nonprofit that provides legal services to young Evanstonians in the criminal justice system, is hosting its annual gala at Ignite Gaming Lounge in Skokie. RoundTable reporter Gina Castro spoke with Evanston native Michael DeVaul. He and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will be speaking at the event. DeVaul plans to talk about his experiences growing up here, his work as the YMCA’s National Director for Boys and Young Men of Color and the new work he is starting in Evanston with his nonprofit, the Center for Common Ground.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 cases and no new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 6.4 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Artists Book House moving ahead to raise funds. Back in March 2021, Founder Audrey Niffenegger and the relatively young organization Artists Book House won a bid to take over the famous Harley Clarke mansion at 2603 Sheridan Road. Now, the group is looking to raise money through an upcoming book fair and haunted house to help fund a renovation.

Main-Dempster Mile holds a merchants-only social. Business owners in the Main-Dempster Mile came out to Firehouse Grill on Chicago Avenue Tuesday night for a casual mixer billed as “a no-agenda, no work, no worries night of reconnection.”

EPD honor guard performs at Chicago ballparks. Members of the Evanston Police honor guard presented the colors during the national anthem at last Friday’s White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field – and they will repeat the honor tomorrow, Sept. 9, at Wrigley Field.

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Around the web

Illinois traffic deaths spike as pandemic trends lead to more roadway tragedies. Deaths from car accidents and other traffic incidents in the state jumped up 24% in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the same period a year prior, mirroring a concerning nationwide trend.

Mothers’ stress rollercoaster while pregnant linked to negative emotions in babies. A new Northwestern study reports that pregnant people who had bigger fluctuations in stress from one moment to the next had infants with more fear, sadness and distress at 3 months old than mothers with less stress variability.

NYC-style apartment bidding wars hit Chicago renters: ‘If you’re not willing to go $500 over list price, don’t even bother.’ In an unusual development in the Chicago real estate market, even renters are finding themselves bidding against other potential tenants to win an apartment in the city.

Sun force decisive Game 5 by outplaying Sky at their own game. Seeking a second consecutive WNBA title, the Chicago Sky fell to the Connecticut Sun in the semifinals on Tuesday, setting up a winner-take-all game five at 7 p.m. tonight at Wintrust Arena.

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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...